Cinque Terre Insider

American expat insight into Italy's fabulous "Five Lands"

If you’re planning to be in the Cinque Terre this May, be sure to check out the guided tours & excursions offered by the Cinque Terre National Park. As you look at the schedule, be sure to keep in mind the color coding for each date: YELLOW = trekking (hiking) tour, appropriate footwear is required …

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My dear friend and professional photographer, Nicole O’Neil, will be returning to her beloved Cinque Terre September 2-19, 2019 (I’ve actually blogged about her in the past).  For travelers as well as fellow shutterbugs, Nicole has two unique and highly sought after opportunities on offer while she’s here in the Cinque Terre. Professional Photo Sessions …

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This month there’s just one guided hike on the calendar for the national park’s Cinque Terre Walking Park: If you’re planning to be in the Cinque Terre on April 20th this is a great opportunity to visit a vineyard and meet with local winemaker, Heydi Bonanini. Starting in May things will pick up with Cinque …

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Yesterday news arrived that the vacancy for the position of president of the Cinque Terre National Park has finally been filled. The president’s seat has been empty since 2017 when President Vittorio Alessandro’s term ended. Since that time, the acting vice president (who also happens to be Vernazza’s mayor, Vincenzo Resasco) covered the duties but …

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On March 30th the Consorzio Marittimo Turistico 5Terre Golfo dei Poeti will kick off the 2019 touristic season with the first ferry schedules of the year. These schedules will be valid from March 30th to April 19th, 2019. Starting on April 20th these schedules will be replaced with others offering even more options (as soon …

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Spring has nearly sprung and those in the know in the Cinque Terre are gearing up to get their trek on. If you’re planning to be in our area this month, be sure to check out the following schedule: What you need to know: The guided hikes in March are free if you have the Cinque …

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Planning to visit the Cinque Terre this February? The national park offers two dates for guided hikes: The guided hikes in February are free if you have the Cinque Terre Card or €5 if you don’t. You’ll need to wear proper footwear like trainers with decent tread or trekking boots or shoes. Keep in mind …

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December is decidedly off-season in the Cinque Terre, but catch some nice weather and you’re in for a treat! Nearly empty streets (with the exception of locals and the rare tour group) allow visitors to appreciate the true beauty of the Cinque Terre. Visiting the Cinque Terre in the off-season isn’t for everyone; if you’re …

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The last week of October was a difficult one for Liguria. Super strong winds gusting at 180km per hour (circa 110 miles per hour), pounding rain and rough seas with 8 meter swells (that’s a little over 24 feet) all took turns pummeling our region. Mother Nature not so subtly reminded us that she is …

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On Thursday, October 11, a level orange storm warning has been announced between the hours of 6am and 6pm. The forecast calls for storms and heavy rain. In Italy, storm warnings are classified by a color code: green (no danger perceived), yellow (slight danger), orange (moderate danger) and red (extreme danger). After the devastating October …

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