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Inside. I don't remember which army our guide was talking about but they used this church as a stable for their horses.


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The restaurant you spoke of was the Il Terziere di Poggio Fiorentino. It was just across the parking lot from the Parco Torre di Lavello. I don't remember what I ordered but I'm sure it was good.


Below is another church we stopped at. It was closed too. It is Santa Maria Maggiore in Tuscania.


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Cinque Terre:


For our stop in Livorno we had arranged to join a tour of Cinque Terre organized by kpitch21854. There were four couples participating. Our driver, Giovanni, met us at the ship and we got underway. A discussion ensued about how best to visit the five villages. They are located on steep hillsides on the Italian Riviera.


After some consideration we decided to park the van at Riomaggiore and take the train to Monterosso. From there, we could explore the villages in reverse order by taking the ferry.


We quickly realized the hitch in the plan-we would have to hike up a long, steep distance to get back to the van. Mr. S aka zn1300 would not physically be able to do this.


While we pondered this, we hopped on the train and soon emerged at beautiful Monterosso. It has a beautiful tiny beach and lots of little shops and cafes. we had lovely little pizzettes and bought some magnets.


Then we ferry-hopped to Vernazza with its beautiful pastel houses. We ate here also. Back to the ferry where we bypassed Corniglia because the ferry does not stop there, and on to Manarola. There were actually folks swimming and fishing there. Another snack. We had worked it out that Mr S and I were going to hop on the ferry back to Riomaggiore with everyone else, and then they would leave us and hike back up to the van. We would stay on the ferry and (hopefully) catch up to them in La Spezia. I was supremely confident that this would work, but I could tell Giovanni was worried about us.


Off they went at Riomaggiore, and we stayed on the relaxing ferry. It was a beautiful day and we had outside seats. When the ferry stopped short of La Spezia our helpful deckhands pointed us to our transfer ferry.


Success! We got off the ferry in La Spezia and were greeted by a relieved Giovanni and the rest of our crew.


A great day, beautiful villages, and thanks to the rest of our crew. for letting us make these modifications. Honestly, I think they all would have preferred the ferry to the hike back to the van!


Next stop: Monte Carlo

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We are very sorry to have stopped writing this, we are stymied by cruise critic. Zn1300 is not able to post any more pictures. He is being told he has hit some sort of limit.


Anyone know a workaround for this?

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On the way to La Spezia.

The Castello Doria and Chiesa di San Pietro (Church of St. Peter)


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Coming into La Spezia you can see my yacht. You can see many of my yachts on this cruise.



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Yeah! We are up and running again.


Our next stop was Monte Carlo. Mr S was feeling a little under the weather so he decided to stay on board. We had no official tours planned. I tendered in with a couple of friends with the intention of doing the hop on hop off.


The pick up point was right at the pier but the line was unforgivably long. I do wish the hop on hop off people would get their acts together. The line was also in the hot sun with nowhere to shelter.


Finally we got on about the 4th bus. We rode the whole circuit just to check things out. A lot of the buildings are ugly concrete high rise apartment buildings. The area by the casino is nicer. and on our second circuit we hopped off and took some photos of the casino, the opera house, and the botanical gardens.


We hopped on again and went to the area near the acquarium for lunch. Unfortunately we picked a time when many places were closed. We finally found a somewhat indifferent restaurant and had some pasta.


Back to the ship then, in time for happy hour and trivia.

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