Sunday 5 June 2022

Day three - Monterosso

Day three and we started the day off with another train journey. This is why we stayed in Pisa, rather than Florence, as everywhere was so accessible via Pisa Train Station.

Our destination today was Monterosso, Cinque terre......

...a beautiful town on the Italian coast.

After all our walking the previous two days, we treated ourselves to a day of relaxation......

....on a sunlounger!!

My view for the day x

I had my first swim in the sea for the year and it was bliss.

Monterosso was a wonderful town, I'd certainly return for a holiday. 
You had the wonderful coast.....

...and busy, bustling town......

....full of interesting shops and restaurants and buildings....

....including this church.

The resort is split into two areas separated by a walk around the cliff or through this tunnel

It was very busy and it wasn't until afterwards that we realised it was Republica Day, an Italian public holiday, coupled with the wonderful weather, everyone headed to the coast.

Our train was delayed, which sadly meant our evening plans were scuppered as we'd miss our connecting train at Pisa by about 5 minutes!!

But like inter-railing days, you just found someone to sit 
(in the shade and a little harder to get up from the floor, 30 yrs on!!!!!)

In Italy you are still required to wear a mask on public transport, was a little hot but will happily follow the rules if it means you can travel!!

So we spent our last evening in Pisa, rather than Lucca! Was disappointed not to go but gives me a wonderful excuse to return and meant we saw bits of Pisa we missed before, as we ambled our way back to the restaurants near the Leaning Tower.

I wonder what she was thinking!?!

Didn't make quite as good a choice of restaurant as we did our first night but ticked off a pasta dish from my list of 'must haves when in Italy'

We walked back along the river, taking in our final views of the river Arno.

In the morning we caught the Pisamover back to the airport, super easy.

And thankfully only a small delay leaving Pisa and no one was in our seats on our return.

So we waited 30 years but we made it back to Pisa and Florence finally. Had a fabulous time, walked 10's of 1000's steps, explored, drank fabulous strong Italian coffee, ate the most delicious food and with the wonders now of technology, navigated the train system and delays via the Trainline app!!! Inter-railing would be so easy now!! Hotel was very basic!!!!!! But a 2min walk to the train station, not sure we'd return, although super convenient. Thanks Jo for our little Italian adventure x

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