Ciao my friends!
I am departing to bella Italia tomorrow (for 2.5 weeks)! The reason for this particular visit is because my Italian friend is getting married, in La Spezia; how could I not travel across the world to go to an Italian wedding in Italy?! I must apologize for writing this post without any photos, but I just wanted to give you an advance preview of where I’m going, so that you can join me on my journey (by subscribing).
La Spezia is in the famous Cinque Terre area, a photographer’s dream place! Cinque Terre (5 lands) is on the Italian Rivieria in the Liguria region (northern Italy); there are 5 small fishing villages connected by hiking paths (there is also a train), which can be visited in 1 day; but I would never recommend doing this visit on a “fast-forward” speed; it is far too beautiful to rush through them (I haven’t been, but just do a google search on Cinque Terre, and you’ll see!). Those 5 villages are: Riomaggiore (which is right beside La Spezia), Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. I am beyond excited to visit this part of Italy for my first time!
I will be arriving in Genova on Sunday afternoon and will stay there for 1 night to rest after the 20+ hour journey. I’ve decided to splurge and stay at a beautiful 5 star hotel for that 1 night…#YOLO!! (You Only Live Once)…I figured it would be worth it, to start off in a comfortable hotel room, a spa, beautiful surroundings. It will be a long journey, so I can justify it to myself! I will share with you the name of the hotel and my experience in Genova after I’ve been there.
On Sunday, l will go to Manarola (Cinque Terre) by train for 3 nights and will be staying in a really cool cliffside apartment. Then I will stay in La Spezia for a few nights, and then off to Tuscany to visit with different sets of friends for 8 days in Siena, Montevarchi, and Florence, as well as the regions in between (I won’t say exactly, as I don’t want to spoil the tentative plan! Stay tuned!).
I am on a mission to hunt for poppy fields, as I’ve always wanted to photograph them, but I have only been to Italy in the fall time….May-June is poppy season!! I hope I am lucky enough for the poppies to be in bloom, as it is kind of early still. I will surely have adventures on this visit, so be sure to check back or subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss out on the DOLCE VITA!
PS- This will be my 1st time blogging while I am traveling; I went to great efforts to ensure the places I am staying have wi-fi access so I can keep in touch. I hope you enjoy the journey! Andiamo!
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