On our last morning in Tuscany, we woke up early, had a glorious breakfast and hit the road. We drove a few hours on the autostrada to the Pisa airport where we dropped off our rental. I make that sound totally easy, well getting to the airport was easy, dropping off our car? Well that was another story... oh Italy =P.
Anyway, we dropped off our rental at the Pisa airport and then walked to the Pisa Centrale train station. Once there we checked our bags (ahh another perk of packing only one small carry-on bag for a month long trip, it's really easy to check you luggage) and started on the 15 minute walk to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Pisa is a cute little Italian town, and we really enjoyed the walk to the Campo dei Miracoli (which is where the Leaning Tower of Pisa is located).
**Insider note** Many of the stores and restaurants in Pisa were closed in August. If you want to really experience Pisa I would recommend visiting during another month. We were mostly interested in checking out the Leaning Tower and taking some touristy photos, and that my friends.. is exactly what we did.
Vernazza, is simply beautiful in every way. If you like beautifully colored buildings set on a cliff, picturesque views, rustic Italian towns, and stunning beaches you will love Vernazza. I could not get enough of this place.
The pace is slower in Vernazza, and the locals truly appreciate the beauty that is their home. Actually, a few years ago there was a horrible flood that destroyed a great deal of Vernazza, and the locals worked hard to rebuild their town. We spent time talking with many of them about the floods and their struggle to rebuild. You really can feel the love and pride that the locals have for their home during your time there.
That first night in Vernazza we ordered pesto pizza, pesto gnocchi, and a bottle of wine to-go from Baia Saracena. We grabbed our goods and headed to the harbor to watch the sunset. It was absolutely stunning. As it grew dark we grabbed some gelato and laid on the rocks with tourists and locals alike, stared at the night sky, and watched shooting stars. Sounds romantic and cheesy? Well it was, and I happen to think it was absolutely perfect in every single way.
Oh and for the record, Cinque Terre is the place to get pesto. Truth is, I was never really a pesto fan until I experienced it in Vernazza. The pesto in Cinque Terre is unlike any I have had before, DELICIOUS.
Happy Weekend Friends
Oh, and if you observe Yom Kippur like I do, Gmar Chatima Tovah :)