We got up really early at 6am to see that it was pouring rain. I went to reception and ordered us a taxi in plenty of time for our train. Then went back to pack up and pay and then have a quick coffee and croissant since we only had 10 minutes for brekky.
We went downstairs to the waiting taxi and then waited for ages at the train station – better early than too late!
We got to Pisa, stowed our stuff for 15 Euro (!) and walked around for a bit. We stopped for a coffee and croissant for Eileen and then continued on towards the leaning Tower. We stopped for a couple of photos at the old Roman baths.
Then continued to the tower and church. We found it:
It was about as packed as it was in Florence and Venice. People everywhere. We decided not to get tickets and go inside anywhere because we’d have had to wait for hours in the hot sun. No thanks.
We went looking for lunch instead and found a huge place with staff that actually smiled at us and were nice. We had pizza and it was delicious. As was the wine and ice cream for dessert.
Then we continued to Cavalieri square. Very impressive buildings that have been converted to University buildings. Lucky students!
Then it was off to the train station. We’d passed a couple of nice spots on the way:
Once at the station, we got ourselves a coffee because we were struggling to stay awake, picked up our stuff and got the train in the direction of cinque Terra.
We got to La Spezia and had to change trains. I wanted to get the pass organised and thought we’d wait for the next train while I did that. Turned out the information centre was closed. Of course. So we missed the train for nothing.
The train was again packed with tourists and that got worse as we went – the crowds were incredible.
Checking into our accommodations was easy – I just had to ring and the lady met us and let us in. We settled in and then we walked around town a little.
We wandered down to the harbour for some amazing views. People were sunbaking and swimming and generally having a good time:
We went back to the room and got ready for dinner and found a place that was recommended on google and tripadvisor etc. It was fine, not so expensive and the service was good, but the view was sadly lacking – a car park, basically. And they still charged a 2 Euro cover charge!
Got a nice view of Vernazza by night on the way back to our room, though: