After two nights in Florence, it was time to say goodbye. We all got on the bus early in the morning for what would prove to be our LONGEST travel day yet. We traveled from Florence, to La Spezia in Northern Italy. First, we took a pit stop in Pisa to see the leaning tower! Of course we took the obligatory “holding-up-the-tower-photos” with some slight variations. The tower was smaller than I imagined. Everyone was posing for similar pictures, but I saw none do what Bernie did. He’s creative, that one.
After about an hour, we hopped back on the bus and headed to Cinque Terre.
Once we arrived, we got off our coach bus and got on a local city bus to the main area. Once there, we had about 45 minutes to eat and explore before we had to get on a boat to head to another part of the coast. The little town was really cute. Cinque Terre is known for their focaccia bread and pesto. Yum!
At this point in the trip, we were all feeling a bit worn down. We were about 5 days in, and traveling non stop. Crankiness ensued. I admit, this was one of my crankier days. I tried to rest on the boat, but it was impossible. A lot of people were hurting pretty badly between going out clubbing the night before and getting seasick from the strong waves. The boat ride was pretty, but it was a lot of travel in a short period of time. Coach bus–>city bus–>boat.
Soon we arrived in Monterosso al Mare! (not the village above, but similar looking) We had a few hours and debated going on the beach, but I just wanted to hang out and maybe get some food. We walked around Monterosso and saw the old and new town. Finally, we sat down for some dinner by the water with Clinton and Holly. We were craving sea food! After all the salami and carbs in Rome/Florence, I needed something fresh. By far, one of the most memorable meals.
Finally, we got on our second to last mode of transportation to our hotel in La Spezia — a train. We took the train from Monterosso to the station near our hotel. Finally, we got back on the bus with Pino and drove to the hotel in La Spezia. Coach–>city bus–>boat–>train–>coach. I was never happier to see a bed, and a comfy one! When I got out of the shower, Bernie was already passed out, clothes and shoes still on. It was definitely one of the longest days we experienced on the trip, but it was worth it. We saw a lot in one day and were ready to head to the next country, France!