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Technically on Day 2 we went to Pisa. We caught the afternoon train, crashed at our hotel until dinner, had amazing Indian food and saw the Leaning Tower at night. It was beautiful.

Day 3, September 15

We woke up to dark clouds. Thankfully it was the only day it rained, and boy did it! We packed our rain jackets and umbrellas before heading to Cinque Terre, which is about an 1 1/2 hours away. The train ride was easy with one quick change in La Spezia.

The first town we went to was the furthest of the five towns, Monterossa al Mare (aka #5). While on the train, it started to POUR. So we decided for an early lunch at Ristorante el Pozzo, a nice family restaurant recommended by *Rick Steves where we got to try Trofe (“made of flour with a bit of potato, designed specifically for pesto to cling to”*) and Pansotti (“ravioli with ricotta and mixture of greens served with a walnut sauce”*). It was delicious!  The rain slowed down while we were eating and we walked around and took pictures before deciding to go to Vernazza (aka #4). Here it also rained off and on. We explored this city ally ways, and got to go to the Castle that over looks the Ligurian Sea. It was beautiful, but because it was raining so much, we decided to cut our trip short and head back to Pisa.

Day 4 September 16

Our train to Rome didn’t leave until 1:15pm, so we had plenty of time to explore Pisa’s main attraction: The Field of Miracles. Timothy and I got tickets for the Duomo and Baptistry, which were both very impressive. Also, we took several pictures of us with the leaning tower before we headed off to Rome.

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Timothy and I have wanted to go to Italy FOREVER. We’ve talked about it since, our days in Potsdam. Then on April 12, 2009 we declared ROME OR BUST, well we all know that was a bust. But not any more!

Armed with our Rick Steve’s Italy book (recommended by my Aunt Marie *THANK YOU*), Timothy and I just enjoyed a wonderful week in Italy, where we visited Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terra and ROME! It was a dream come true.

September 12

We had an afternoon flight to Rome. It was delayed and then customs took about an HOUR (Be warned)! We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn that night (it was the best bed we slept on the WHOLE TRIP)!

Day 1, September 13

We woke up bright and early to take the train to Florence. This required one change in Rome, where we caught a very nice high speed train that went directly to Florence main station. (Great website about taking trains in Italy)

After getting to Florence we went to the tourist center, before hitting the city. Our first stop was the Medici Museum and Chapel, followed by the Accademia Library to get reservations for both the Accademia and Uffizi museums. Then we had lunch before our 1:30pm reservations at the Accademia where we got to see the amazing statue of David, as well as many other famous works of art. Then we went inside the famous Florence Duomo (church), before taking a break for dinner. After dinner we walked the streets and the walked around the Palazzo Vecchio and Ponte Vecchio before bed.

Day 2, September 14

We woke up early for our 8:15am reservations for the Uffizi, where we got to see more amazing art, including Birth of Venus. Honestly the museums in Italy are overwhelming. There is so much art and history. However, there is little information provided. I highly recommend either downloading Rick Steves *Free audio tours of these famous museums, or buying a good guide that will provide you with more information about these amazing pieces of art. Then after lunch, we went to the Museum of San Marco (we discovered this interesting museum from the Rick Steves TV show), which was really neat and is housed in an old 15th century monastery.

Later that afternoon we took the train to Pisa. That night we had yummy Indian food (recommend also from Rick Steves) and saw the leaning tower at night.

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