Levanto, Cinque Terre & The Best Pizza Ever!

Trip Start May 24, 2008
Trip End Dec 21, 2008

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

We had quite a good run to get to Levanto from Lucca - quick train to Pisa to change for a 2 hour ride to Levanto. Was nice to get to the coast just as the heat started to crank up. After a bargain towel purchase at 6 euros each we headed for the beach for our first swim in the ocean in 10 months and very much enjoyed it.

I had a great 29th birthday on the 22nd June while we were staying in Levanto. We did the walk from Levanto to Monterosso and back again from Monterosso to Levanto. It is not part of the Cinque Terre walks so it was a lot quieter and it was much harder than any of the Cinque Terre walks but very very rewarding. Took about 2.5 hours each way and we were straight in the ocean as soon as we got to Monterosso. We ended up starting the walk back to Levanto at about 3pm (soo hot) and the start of the walk back is a very steep upward climb for what seems like at least half of the walk. But at the top there is an amazing lookout point where you can actually see the five towns dotted along the coast. Cool. We had a great dinner at a nice cafe on the park and managed to hold our table long enough to watch the 1st half of the Italy v Spain Euro cup game. Was funny to watch the waiters start off all stress free and polite and then as the game went on they certainly weren't working for a tip.

So the best pizza ever is in Vernazza. We got the train there one night for dinner and shared a massive take away Diavola by the water. It was a bloody good pizza. So good that we had 1 each for lunch the next day, and that is when Pete had the best mouthful of pizza (and possibly food) he said he has ever tasted. It was pretty good. His eyes start to glaze over ever time I mention it.

We did the Cinque Terre walk starting in Riomaggiore. Danielle asked me to look for her and Sid's name in the first section of the walk (called Lovers Walk) and I thought it would be easy to find, but with no other information other than their names I couldn't find it (sorry). Compared to the walk from Levanto to Monterosso the first parts of the walk were pretty easy. We went for a swam before the stairs to Corniglia where Pete quickly learned that sunglasses don't float but they also don't travel very far when they sink so luckily they weren't gone forever. More swimming in Vernazza before the best pizza ever which made the trek to Monterosso a little hard. Have you ever heard of the car called the Fiat Panda? Such a cool name for a car. We saw one in Corniglia that's why I am mentioning it now.

Weird thing about our hotel room - there were no powerpoints! Seriously, we had to unplug the tele from its socket way up on the wall if we wanted to charge anything. Odd....
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