We took the train from Florence to Pisa, where we got out and took the mandatory few photos of the Leaning Tower (but not before getting lost!). It’s hilarious seeing everyone posing in different positions and trying for different angles. Like most people we were only there long enough for a photo shoot.
We then went to La Spezia then on to the breath-taking Cinque Terre which means literally mean ‘5 lands’.
The five downs are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. We stayed in an hared aparment with Riomaggiore. The whole area is a protected national park so no cars are allowed.
There is a train that goes up and down the coastline or you walk. Even to walk between villages you need to purchase a pass. The area is known for it’s pestos and for olives and grapes (namely white wine).
We spent our days exploring the different villages, swimming, and eating delicious fresh food.