Saturday, February 10, 2007

A Coastal Adventure and the Leaning Tower

Chinque Terre, Lucca, Viareggio, and Pisa were the destinations of my travel last weekend. The trip began with Chinque Terre: a series of 5 quaint cities situated along the western coast of Italy. The cities are connected by hiking trails and a train, but it is well worth the walk. The climb, steep at times, winds through beautiful gardens of orange and lemon trees and affords an amazing view of the Mediterranean Sea!
We hiked to the first town, and arrived just in time to watch the sun setting. We spent the night in Lucca, a smaller city further inland, whose main attraction is the exisiting medieval city wall, which has a walking trail on top.
Relaxing on the beach was next on our agenda, so the next day we headed to the coastal city of Viareggio. The water was still quite cold, but we had a nice picnic of pizza by the water. We ended the day in Pisa, which has little to offer besides the infamous tower, so we amused ourselves by taking fun pictures!

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