Sunday, February 24, 2013

What to do when Florence is closed, or a day to explore Cinque Terre

Our second port will be La Spezia, Italy, which is situated as a launch point for Florence or Pisa.  In 2007, we took a half-day excursion to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and our first stop in La Spezia this summer will be on a Monday when the Accademia Galleria is closed.  But there are plenty of other places to go from La Spezia including the five villages known as Cinque Terre, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Italian National Park.
The Cinque Terre area is easily accessible by train from La Spezia, and one can easily spend a day exploring each of the five villages.  We plan to head to the furthest point first, Monterosso, and then work our way back to Riomaggiore before heading back to our departure port. The train timetable will be useful in planning how much time to allow at each of the villages.
There is a trail that is recommended to walk between Manarola and Riomaggiore known as Via Dell'Amore, but as of this posting, the trail is still closed after heavy rains and mudslides.  Hopefully it will be reopened when we are there, but if not, that just gives us more time for something else.

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