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Report 1918: Navigating in Tuscany and Liguria

By BOB THE NAVIGATOR from usa, Spring 2011

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Page 2 of 4: The Ligurian Coast

We drove up the coast the next morning and decided to stop in Pisa. Can you believe only Susan had ever seen the famed tower? Maybe it was time. We spent about two hours enjoying the Piazza dei Miracoli in perfect weather.

After lunch, we diverted our route into Carrara and up to the village of Colonnata to see the marble quarries. Judy had read about the local food treat, lardo, and was determined to try some. My advice is to forget it.

We arrived in Lerici at about 16:00 and made our way to the Hotel Florida.

Our first choice was fully booked with a wedding party and this was our second option. It was very adequate but not wonderful. The rooms were a bit small, but the views were quite good and the breakfast better than average. I had hoped to be closer to the marina in Lerici. It turned out to be a fifteen walk. It does have parking right next door.

The next morning we had glorious sunshine and decided to take the ferry to the Cinque Terre (CT). We caught the first boat of the day at 09:30 and stopped first in Portovenere across the Gulf of La Spezia from Lerici — one of our all-time favorite destinations. We then proceeded the full length of the CT coast to the largest of the five villages, Monterosso al Mare. We meandered our way back the entire day including lunch in Vernazza and a long stop in magical Portovenere, which was the host for a wedding at the awesome San Pietro church. It was a special day I will not soon forget. See the photo gallery (link in the sidebar).

The next day was Sunday and the forecast was for rain. So, we decided to drive an hour north to Portofino. As we approached the town we were stopped by a policeman who informed us that “Portofino is completa.” It did not surprise me on a Sunday in May. We turned around and decided to drive the coast via Santa Margherita and Chiavari for a Sunday dinner in Sestri Levante. We found a nice place next to the Yacht Club, Ristorante San Marco and were not disappointed. Back to Lerici by 17:00.

Next, six wonderful days in Tuscany!

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