After we left Florence, we took the train to Cinque Terre and spent a couple of days at the beach. But before we got to the beach we stopped to see a little bit more art . . .
Oh, and most importantly, before we left Florence, Matt bought shoes. Italian leather shoes. It was as if the skies opened up and a miracle happened. My frugal no frills husband decided to buy Italian leather shoes. I almost cried. They are beautiful.
And then, we got to see this awesome place . . .
We hiked one village over to see another of the Cinque Terre villages. It was less than 3 miles to the next village but took us several hours. My legs and butt ached for days after we did that hike. But Levi wasn’t phased. He was like, this is the best thing ever!!!
Oh, Matt thought the hike was pretty good too. But he’s in awesome shape. Me? I like to walk a lot and I do yoga from time to time but my muscles definitely were not up for this level of hiking. Note to self: exercise more.
Monterosso, the village we stayed in was one of the largest of the Cinque Terre. All of the buildings were pretty pastel colors. The food was amazing but you had to get off the beaten path that day tripper tourists frequented. We ate at one family restaurant that was a little out of the way but that was probably the best meal we had in all of Italy.
One of the best ways we motivated the kids to walk miles each day was to visit Poke stops. Below, the statue/fountain was a Poke stop. They were everywhere in Italy.
There was sand on the beaches but it was primarily rock. We didn’t know before we visited that much of the sandy beaches with lounge chairs are reserved months in advance. If you decide to travel to Cinque Terre, make sure you reserve space on the sandy beach ahead of time.
We headed out from the beach via train to Pisa. And we saw the infamous Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was everything I had thought it would be. Very silly but still humorous engineering.
And then it was time to go home . . .
But stay tuned because I forgot to post our photos from the Sistine Chapel.