Cinque Terre Insider

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

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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UPDATED: APRIL, 2018 The Cinque Terre are remote villages connected by a narrow and winding provincial road.  While the villages are easiest to reach by train (which is why I recommend booking a parking space beneath La Spezia Centrale and taking the train just a few minutes to reach the Cinque Terre), some visitors decide to …

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For those heading to the Cinque Terre and seeking a guided experience, look no further.  The Cinque Terre National Park offers a different guided option for each day of May.  The rates are exceptional (free to those that have purchased the Cinque Terre Card for that particular day, otherwise €2.50 per person).  Many of the …

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Ponte is the Italian word for bridge (ponti is the same word but in plural form). Besides the literal meaning, there’s also a figurative one which refers to a long holiday weekend (where extra days extend or “bridge” the traditional weekend). A weekend di ponte happens when a national holiday lands on a Thursday, Friday, Monday or …

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Updated: April, 2018 If you’re reading this, you’ve probably decided to forgo my advice to park beneath the station at La Spezia Centrale and train to the Cinque Terre (more details on that option can be found on my blog post here). I’m happy to report that since last year there have been significant improvements …

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Want to flex your physical prowess while on holiday in the Cinque Terre this December?  The brand new SciaccheTrail Vertical Race (brought to you by the group that organizes the highly successful SchiaccheTrail ultra trail run, which I’ve blogged about in the past here and here) could be just what you’re looking for.  This timed sprint will get your heart …

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Starting at 3am this morning (Friday, October 14, 2016) and ending tonight at midnight, the Cinque Terre and surrounding areas are on a maximum alert storm warning (color coding for the warning is red, the highest level of alert).  On the map below, the Cinque Terre falls within section C. Meteorologists are predicting exceedingly heavy rains …

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