Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Travel Tip: Cinque Terre & Leaning Tower of Pisa

On your way to Florence, why not make two stops?

Many people go to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa on their way to Florence, but the miss out on a little known secret – Cinque Terre.

Cinque Terre
If you are on your way north from Rome or heading towards Florence by train, and you have a few days to spare, let me that if you add Cinque Terre to your trip, you won’t regret it.

These are 5 coastal villages perched on Italy’s eastern coast in near the town of La Spezia region (from which you hop off and connect to a local train). A UNESCO World Heritage Site (national park) now, it appears that time has stood still for these villages.

The best way to visit the
Cinque Terre is by local train, and to use one of it’s towns as a base. To explore these villages, you have two choices – by local train, or on foot.. If you take the latter, you will be rewarded by your efforts by the view! Breathtaking isn’t enough a word to describe the sights. Mind you, those who are not fit for hiking better think twice, coz there’s no turning back once you start your journey! Tip: Bring water with you, and be prepared for a change in weather.

o Monterosso
o Vernazza
o Manarola
o Corniglia
o Riomaggiore

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Leaning Tower of Pisa:
If you are on your way north from Rome or heading towards Florence by train or by car, it is worthwhile to stop by for a quick visit to the Leaning
Tower of Pisa.

It never ceases to amaze anyone who gets a glimpse of the tower in person. It really leans!

You may not realize this but the tower was meant to be the bell tower for the Cathedral, but 1173 due to poor foundation, the tower began to tilt.

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