FLORENCE + CINQUE TERRE

Florence & Cinque Terre

Hey guys!

In this post, I’m heading back to a couple of months ago to talk about another stop on me and J’s Euro trip.

For the 2nd stop of our trip, we were headed to Florence for 3 days with an excursion to Cinque Terre on one of the days.  Our first train experience was pretty badass.  We got the Eurail pass (we’re still not sure if we saved money getting that or not, but I’m pretty sure we did), and when you use your pass you always get first class, which includes champagne (hell yes) and usually some food.  I decided that high speed trains are where it’s at and the U.S. needs to get on board with a sick high speed train system.  Why does it take 7 hours by train to get to Chicago from St. Louis when I can drive it in 5?

Florence

(Piazzale Michelangelo)

Anyway, we headed to Florence and walked from the train station to our B&B.

I’ve never stayed at a B&B before, and this place had 3 rooms and 1 bathroom.  I was a little concerned because I think I’m a little weird about bathroom privacy.  Like, I want one accessible to me at all times.  Is that too much to ask?  hah!  I managed :)

Florence Basilica

(Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore)

After we checked in, we pulled out the map our B&B lady gave us and started to explore the city.  She said you could walk across the entire city in 30 minutes.  I was pretty stoked about that after our infamous 7 mile walking day in Rome  (I don’t think I’ve ever been that sweaty in my entire life).

Florence Basilica

(Crazy angles with the selfie stick)

We started walking down all of the cute little streets, went to check out the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.  And continued to explore the city.  We ate some delicious tiramisu > > >  One of our goals was to try all of the foods each country was known for.

Then we went to Pizzale Michelangelo (pictured above).  This was one of the coolest most memorable things we did.  I love a great view and this spot gives you the most breathtaking view of the city.  It was seriously phenomenal and I would recommend it to everyone.

Tiramisu in Florence

(This is about as good as tiramisu gets)

The next morning, we were off to Cinque Terre!  Probably the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

Cinque Terre

On day 2 in Florence we did a 13 hour excursion to Cinque Terre (meaning “5 towns” in English).  OMG this was the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.  When I go back, I would definitely plan a few more days here.  It was a super small and quiet beach town that was so unbelievably picturesque.  It recently became a national park.

Cinque Terre

With our excursion group we hit up 4 of the 5 towns using a boat and train to get between them.  If the water was too choppy we would have missed out on the boat experience, and that was so unbelievably beautiful.  We were so lucky not to miss that.

Cinque Terre

After lunch, we picked up a bottle of wine at one of the stores, walked a little bit, and found a few steps to just sit back and enjoy the view.  You could not find a bad view here if you tried.

Cinque Terre

(You can see our view from lunch (bottom pic), in my sunglasses (top left pic).  And some rocks we picked up from the beach to store in some little dish in our house)

At our last stop, we grabbed a couple of beers and just relaxed & people watched…lots of relaxing going on this day.

Beers in Cinque Terre

Just waiting for the train to pick us up…

Cinque Terre Flowers

Ciao Cinque Terre!

Ciao Cinque Terre

(Rocking my tour group sticker…word up)

So those were another set of fantastic days…up next, Venice!

♦ Stephanie

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2 Responses

  1. James Gailey September 15, 2015 / 8:14 am

    Love the pics!

    The tiramisu in Venice definitely gave this a run for it’s money.

    Also, word is the train to Chicago from St Louis is a pleasant experience. :)

  2. Stephanie September 27, 2015 / 11:55 am

    YES! The tiramisu in Venice was bomb :)

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