Cinque Terre Insider

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

Please note: This is an ever-evolving story due to the dynamic nature of contagion. All data was correct at the time it was published. Periodic updates will be posted as footnotes to this post. Let me start by saying, as of today there have been zero confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Liguria (the region …

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Timetable and rates for the Cinque Terre ferries for the latter half of October 2019

The June calendar for the Cinque Terre Walking Park has been released! See below for all the details: 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 (either hiking shoes/boots or athletic trainers with decent tread) GREEN = trekking …

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We are in an age of instant gratification, where people want answers fast. Actually, faster than fast, they want them instantaneously with the click of a button (or tap of a touchscreen). Hence the success of the huge online travel agencies (or OTAs) like Booking(.com), AirBnB and Expedia, just to name a few. These OTAs …

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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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It amazes me how technology has made our lives (and traveling!) so much easier. Now that we can use our mobile phones and access data just about anywhere in the world, unlimited information is at our fingertips. If you’re planning to come to Italy with your smartphone in hand, here are three apps you’ll want …

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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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This year we’ve seen quite a few new ATM cash machines pop up in central, high-traffic locations throughout the Cinque Terre. The convenience of these new machines is enticing as the traditional bank ATMs are usually a tad further away (or a bit harder to find). But be warned, you’ll pay a high price for …

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You probably already know that the main modes of transport in the Cinque Terre are foot, train and ferry. ¬†Add to that the Explora 5 Terre, a new bus system that expands upon (and improves) the already existing bus service in the Cinque Terre. ¬†Whereas before the ATC buses in the Cinque Terre traveled vertically …

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