Monday, September 9, 2013

Fiesole & Cinque Terre

What an amazing weekend in Italy! This past Saturday a group of us went to Fiesole which is just 15 minutes outside of Florence and overlooks the beautiful city. To get there we took bus no.7 at the bus stop only five mins away from our apartment. We're not yet accustomed to the bus system here so we got off at the bottom of the hill before we realized we still had 2 miles up to get to the town's center! Naturally, we waited for the next bus to pick us up!


Once we got to the top the view was breathtaking. Pictures simply do not do it justice. We ate lunch at a restaurent called "Blu Bar" and I ordered the best Margherita pizza I've ever tasted in my life! There is not much to do in Fiesole besides take in the view and to visit the archaeological area of the town. Rachel, my roommate, and I ventured into the museum with very little knowledge about this little town-- so we were suprised to find it had so much history. The most popular site is the Roman Theatre which is still in tact and in use.
The Roman Theatre





The first recorded mention of this town dates back to 283 BC when the town was conquered by the Romans. In the archaeology museum they displayed pots, coins, and sculptures hand made by the Estrucans-- they even discovered a full skeleton among the ruins of this town. After the Florentines conqured the town it became a popular area for the wealthy to reside there in their villas overlooking the city.

SUNDAY:

Yesterday Courtney, Kirsten and I ventured off on a last minute trip to Cinque Terre! We left at 7 am and arrived around 11am as our train was delayed. Unfortuantely the weather was cloudy with a few drops of rain but that didn't matter considering how beautiful it is there!! Cinque Terre in Italian means "The 5 lands" which are spread throughout the mountains along the coast in the region of Liguria, Italy. I read the book Beautiful Ruins this summer (highly recommended) which was set in this beaufitul region so it was amazing to finally visit and gain perspective!

Manarolo


Vernazza
The 5 towns include: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Riomaggiore and Manarola. Vernazza was very picturesque however, Monterosso was my favorite of the 5. The beaches were incredible and it was more spread out than the other more congested towns. The region of Liguria is where pesto originally comes from, and is also well known for its white wines as I learned today in class! Of course we had to try the pesto for lunch- which tasted extremely strong & fresh, but delicious! After we explored the 4 towns we spent the rest of the afternoon in Monterosso by the beach! It felt amazing to soak up some italian sunshine and go swimming. After one margarita I had a lovely nap on the sand, and before I knew it was time to head back on the train. Cinque Terre was an amazing day trip sunshine or rain! A beautiful and busy weekend in Italy before another week of classes.. next up is the Amalfi Coast this upcoming weekend! I hope you all are enjoying my posts- I appreciate the feedback!

Pasta w/ pesto!
Beaches of Monterosso
               

2 comments:

  1. Cosi' bella! Cosi' bella! (Sooooo beautiful!) What a fabulous weekend Reg - take care of your cold, rest up for the Amalfi Coast and Capri ... :)

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  2. Hi Regie - HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY IN ITALY!!! HOW SPECIAL...LOVE YOUR BLOG - YOUR EXPERIENCES ARE MIND BLOWING...WHAT A GREAT WAY TO START YOUR 21ST YEAR.....TAKE CARE - GOD BLESS.

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