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Monterosso in the Cinque Terre in Italy's Liguria Region

Cinque Terre, Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Cinque Terre, Italy. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Cinque Terre?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Cinque Terre, they said:

"Cinque Terre, is a beautiful and popular destination for retirees, but there are several things expats should know before making the move. Firstly, it's important to understand that Cinque Terre is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage site, which means there are restrictions on development and alterations to properties. The cost of living can be high, especially in peak tourist season, and the area is often crowded with tourists. The region is not very accessible by car, so you'll need to be comfortable using public transportation, walking, or hiking. The local language is Italian, and while some locals and most businesses will speak English, it's beneficial to learn some Italian. Healthcare in Italy is of a high standard, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. The Italian bureaucracy can be complex and time-consuming, so patience and persistence are necessary when dealing with administrative tasks. The pace of life in Cinque Terre is slow and relaxed, which can be a significant change if you're used to a fast-paced lifestyle. The local cuisine is seafood-heavy, given its coastal location, so it's a paradise for seafood lovers. Finally, it's important to remember that while Cinque Terre is beautiful, it's also a small, rural area, so you may need to travel to larger cities for certain amenities and services," remarked one expat living in Cinque Terre, Italy.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

Monterosso in the Cinque Terre in Italy's Liguria Region

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