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5 towns in Italy

Navigating a quality experience amongst the tourists

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All began perfectly to plan on our journey to Cinque Terra. The Grand and very beautiful Milan station saw us on our way. It was only on arrival in Montrosso that we were immersed in the throngs of sweaty and pushy tourists, vying with eachother to squeeze the life out of the little villages. Thankfully we were saved by Federico, host of our air bnb who whisked us up to the Pinta house, a beautiful hideaway carved into the rocks at Vernazza . Space to breathe and views to die for. This would be our base for 4 days and allow us to see these pretty towns, clinging to the cliff tops without the daily surge of tourists . The walk around to corniglia, was a joy, beautiful views up and down the coast, a lovely village where we shopped and then lunched amongst the plastic butterflies and st Kilda aesthetic . Feeling cavalier we decided to walk on to the next town, Manarola. However soon we discovered this would require a steep ascent, which Stewart is none to fond of and for me, some hair raising cliff paths. Much kindness and talking through by our our resident psychologist meant we all made in one piece and achieved success in what was the hardest of the CT walks also by far the most beautiful and least touristy experience . We travelled back to Venazza by ferry, a lovely journey seeing the villages from the sea. Some delicious meals including lots of seafood and pesto and fabulous tomatoes . Another walk took us to Monterosso, you could barely walk on the path due to walkers, prepared and unprepared, big and small, all nationalities , not so pleasant, feeling very much part of the tourism machine . For something different we spent a very pleasant day on the ferry to Lerrici, planning to walk, but due to Ferry schedules we made it only to Port Venere! As it happens this is a charming town with a lot less tourists and a very beautiful church which is part of the fortification against pirates. We finished our tour of the Cinque Terra in Riomagiore, but due to a very unfortunate attack of food poisoning that laid us all low for around 24 hours, we saw very little and limped through our last hours before heading off to Pisa by Train .

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Milan

A delicious entree to Taly

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A leisurely coffee at the airport while waiting for the train to take us into Milan, oh so easy and stress free with 4 of us . Milan was an unexpected joy, full of those heightened experiences of first arrival. Every moment full of superlatives . Our walk from our sweet hotel to the duomo took us through back streets where we met a professor of art restoration, he was charmed by Annie and was keen to show us some examples of his work . I was drawn into a salumeria and bought a hunk of soft formaggio that was to sustain us later on the journey . The duomo was big , bold and ostentatious . We dragged our tired bods up to the high terraces looking towards the mountains through a wedding cake of flying buttress .
A walk through the Vittoria Emmanuel Galleria and glimpses of how the other half of Milan live led us to La Scala . Only 10 minutes to go before the public tours closed, we ran up amongst the red velvet and the highly decorated walls to peek out of a box , one of hundreds looking a like a cruise ship with windows all facing in . 12 techies were taking their time bumping in the opera set for that night. Most entertaining to observe.
A slow but pleasant walk took us back to our outer lying edge of Milan where we had a magnificent and very cheap meal full of banter with the owner who was besotted with Greg . Most delicious meal. An excellent entre to Italia !

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