Cinque Terre Insider

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

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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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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Sciopero.  Strike.  It’s a word that strikes fear into the hearts of travelers in Italy (pun intended). A little info, tips & advice on train strikes in Italy… Strikes in Italy are unlike strikes in other parts of the world.  I like to call them “convenience strikes.”  Being an American expat, I’m used to strikes that go …

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Heading to the Cinque Terre in April 2016?  Have a look below at the schedule for the guided excursions (there are three dates for this month: the 9th, 17th and 23rd of April). As always, the guided excursions are free for those who have purchased the Cinque Terre Card for that day or just €2.50 …

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Every village and city in Italy has a patron saint.  San Giuseppe (St. Joseph) is the patron saint of La Spezia, which is the nearest city to the Cinque Terre (just 8 minutes by train from Riomaggiore).   Aside from religious festivities, the city offers a huge street fair (fiera) with over 600 stands selling everything …

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I’m back in the saddle after baby #2’s arrival and I have a lot of catching up to do here on the blog.  However,  I think it’s imperative to first get you all up to date regarding the misinformation that has been swirling in the global media in the past few days.  First, let me just clarify: THERE WILL …

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