Hello again everyone,|
I Had to get up early again this morning. This vacation stuff is hard work. Shortly before 7:00am we docked in Livorno, Italy and minutes later I was off the ship and heading north to the Italian Riviera. It was about a ninety minute drive from Livorno to La Spezia. There is a large navy base here. We drove around the beautiful harbor and then head up into the hills. We had now reached the destination where I would be spending the day, Cinque Terre. Le Cinque Terre is five small towns along the Mediterranean in northern Italy. The first town is, Riomaggiore. We did not stop here but we did get a nice view of the village from the hills above the town.
Next we drove above the next little town, Manarola. This is where we ditched the bus. There is no vehicular traffic in any of these villages. We walked down the steep hill into the village.
Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Hertitage site. It is a spectacularly beautiful area. In the picture below you can see the town of Manarola built into the cliffs. Unfortunately it was into the sun but it didn't come out too bad.
From here we took one of the many ferries that run between these little towns. The ferry took us to the next town, Corniglia. That's a sweaty me in the picture below with the town's main square behind me. It was a very hot day. And I forgot my cap back at the ship, so my bald head was roasting.
We spent about an hour in this little town. I walked through a cave to get to the town's beach on the other side.
Next it was back on another boat, we passed the fourth town of Vernazza on the way.
We spent about three hours in the last and largest of the five villages, Monterosso. I walked around the beautiful town. Stopped for some gelato.
Walked around town some more. Stopped for more gelato.
Next we caught a train over to the nearest town of Levanto where our bus was waiting to take us back to the ship. We climbed back up into the hills and took the highway back to Livorno. It was about a two hour drive. We passed the marble quarries on the way. That's marble in the picture below, not snow.
We also got a very distant view of the Leaning Tower of Pisa from the highway. We sailed away from Livorno at 7:00 this evening and we are now sailing toward tomorrows port of Civitavecchia. I will be spending tomorrow in Rome. Tonight I went to one of the production shows on the ship. The new theater here is really quite impressive. I also saw one of the fountain shows they have on the upper deck. It wasn't quite as good as the ones in Dubai, but not bad for on board a cruise ship.
It was a fun day, but it's now after 11:30 and I have to be up before 6:00 again tomorrow, so I better get to bed.
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