This is Manarola, the quaint seaside town where we stayed while in the Cinque Terre area. The Cinque Terre is comprised of five little towns along the Mediterranean linked by trails along the shore where the hillsides are covered with vineyards and lemon trees. We really loved our time in this area.
Boats at the Manarola waterfront.
Vernazza from the trail above, leading to the next town.
The Castel Bigozzi, where we stayed while in Tuscany. It was an embattled castle in the Middle Ages – very cool!
A stark yet scenic Tuscan landscape (which was a lot more green than gold, unlike the pictures you usually see.)
We visited several Medieval hill towns in Tuscany, which was extremely cool. This is the fortezza – or fort – in the town of Montalcino.
Another gorgeous Tuscan scene – a vineyard with wild poppies in the foreground. Poppies and other wildflowers were everywhere we went in Italy.
This is a famous cypress-lined road in Tuscany – and it took us a while to find it, especially since they don’t bother to provide signs with road names on them in Tuscany.
Roman ruins at the Forum. It was amazing to see things that had been built 2000 years ago, and to walk the same streets as Julius Caesar.