April 10, 2017 | We drove from Florence to Italy’s coastal park called Cinque Terre, with a quick stop in Pisa along the way.
We got an early start out of Florence, but not early enough to beat some of the traffic. Our guide, Daniel, was gracious and patient with us as he drove to Pisa, and he had some good recommendations along the way. We didn’t see too much of Pisa itself, but the main attraction is obviously the leaning tower. Enjoy these goofy pictures!
After about an hour walking around the tower and the Pisa cathedral (which is impressive!), we hopped back on the road to head up Italy’s western coast towards Cinque Terre.
Cinque Terre means five lands in Italian, and it refers to the five coastal villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. We started in Manarola, then took a ferry up to Monterosso, and swooped back down to Manarola by train. The villages are quite similar, but each one has a different layout so it was fun to explore the shops along the tiny streets.
We had a great time wandering around the towns, taking hundreds of pictures (as always), and chatting all the while. Ciao!