Grand Hotel Portovenere
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This is the Italian Riviera. - the entire Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We were up early and onto the bus to get to La Spezia to catch our first ferry which would take us to our first stop, Portovenere. We got off and had a steep walk past the old fortress il Castello and up the Main Street that ended at San Pietro Church, Cica 1256 and Byron's Grotto.
The old fortress, il Castello has two towers with ...
I have been looking forward to this day for a long time because it marks the first day of the adventure where I will be someplace new! As we finally check out of our hotel and leave Montecatini behind, we set off towards the Italian Riviera. Our itinerary had us scheduled to board a ferry in La Spezia, but Felipe had other plans for us. Both he and Jose knew the area well and were able to make some adjustments so that we could spend some time in ...
... we were in a hurry and defintely didn't want or need the play by play. As Loretta & JR ran to our platform, I still needed to validate the tickets in the machine.....one ticket done.......train has arrived.....second ticket done..........train whistle for boarding.......struggle with third ticket; validate it, run through the construction zone and straight onto the train. Whew, we made it as JR asks me why are you sweating? Jacka$$!
We arrive into the village ...
... to buy my train ticket. The whole process took about a minute. As it turned out, the next train would be the one that I had originally planned, the 14:05 departure. I had a short wait, so watched the usual "circus" in the station during that time. I also bought a Panino, Coffee and Sprite at Bar Centrale as I had only had a few biscuits and one small cup of coffee so far that day.
I used the pay washroom one floor down from the tracks and ...
... in the Gulf of Spezia . The Palio dei Golfo is part of the ...