Trip to Europe: Cinque Terre
July 2010

While in Italy, I was able to take a couple of day trips from Florence. One was to Cinque Terre, a National Park with five small towns on the coast of Italy about an hour south of Genoa. The park offers hiking, frequent train service between the towns and La Spezia, where the Florence train stops. The second was to Lucca, founded by the Etruscans in 180 B.C., features a perfectly intact wall around the city centre built in the 1500's for protection from hostile kingdoms, like Pisa and Genoa.

Getting up early for the 6:10 a.m. train to La Spezia out of Florence (pictures one and two), the train lands in the first town of Riomaggiore (pictures three and four). The trail Via Dell'Amore (the Love Walk, pictures five to nine) is an easy, short and picturesque stroll to the beautiful town of Manarola (picture ten). Notice picture nine, where a large variety of locks have been placed on the wall netting, to "lock" a couples love for all eternity.
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