Top Deck – Cinque Terre, Verona & Venice

From Pisa, we set off for Cinque Terre. We stayed in La Spezia and made our way via train to the five small towns along the coast. We did a mixture of walking and using the train to hop from town to town, stopping in Vernazza for lunch and Monterosso for the most delicious fresh strawberry daiquiris, a swim, dinner and gelato.  Continue reading “Top Deck – Cinque Terre, Verona & Venice”

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Top Deck – Florence, Lucca & Pisa

After our travels through Assisi and Siena, we made our way to one of the destinations our group was looking forward to most – Florence. With three birthdays in the group to celebrate, it was sure to be a big couple of nights.

We took a short walking tour on our first morning and then set off to explore the city. Florence is a very wealthy, opulent city – pretty obvious from the numerous gold shops and high end fashion boutiques. Still, it had great shopping (even for my budget) so we spent the morning wandering around the shopping district. The afternoon was spent sweating in a laundromat, washing all of our clothes from the trip so far. Not quite the glamorous side of Florence, but it had to be done.

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Top Deck – Cities Of Saints (Assisi & Siena)

Two of my surprise favourite cities came in the form of Assisi and Siena on our way from Sorrento to Florence.

The birthplace and home of Saint Francis of Assisi was a beautiful city, fully enclosed in medieval walls with gates that still shut at night to protect the town within. Fully surrounded by olive trees, there are 10 olive trees to every citizen of Assisi (which is a lot). The town was immaculate – I didn’t see a piece of rubbish anywhere and it was obvious that the residents were totally dedicated to preserving this city.  Continue reading “Top Deck – Cities Of Saints (Assisi & Siena)”

Top Deck – Pompeii, Sorrento & Positano

The next stop on our tour through Italy was Sorrento, via Pompeii. We took a guided tour through the city and I’ll be honest – I didn’t know much about Pompeii at all before we arrived, so I can’t say I was overly excited for the day. Speaking to people in our tour group though, about half were most excited about Pompeii so that got me quite intrigued.
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