Cinque Terre Insider

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

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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Are you lucky enough to be in the Cinque Terre this weekend? If so, you won’t want to miss the San Giovanni Battista (St. John the Baptist) patron saint festivities in Riomaggiore and Monterosso. Here are their respective calendar of events: What you won’t want to miss: Riomaggiore’s religious procession at 9pm on Saturday, June …

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If you happened to visit the Cinque Terre this October you hit the traveler’s jackpot: a beautiful Indian summer.  October is usually a transitional month with fall wardrobes (light sweaters, scarves and whatnot) making their debut. Not so this year, October has had more than its fair share of dips in the sea and sunbathing …

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Corniglia (pronounced core-neel-ee-uh) is the smallest of the Cinque Terre villages and arguably the most underrated (as it is oftentimes overshadowed by its larger and easier to reach neighbors). If you are a numbers person, Corniglia is considered the third village in the Cinque Terre (from either direction). There are a few things that set Corniglia …

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…to take stunning photos. When the scenery is this gorgeous, taking amazing pictures is a snap. Oh, and fancy equipment?  Not necessary either.  All of these photos were taken by yours truly, with my trusty iPhone (which is not even the latest model). I am by no means pretending to be a professional photographer (I’m sure …

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