Today we’re heading out of Florence for a couple of days in the Cinque Terre. Can’t. Wait. Before we get to Montoroso though, we need to do the obligatory stop at Pisa to see the tower that leans. I say obligatory as it’s something that needs to be done however in the grand scheme of things, is not really something high on the list of things to do. It’s on the way so no big deal. What is a big deal is the mass of humanity that is here. My goodness. I’m glad we’re just stopping for an hour or so.

We pulled into Montoroso about 2:00 pm. My goodness this is a beautiful place. The town is on the sea and heads up into the hills. We’re staying in the old town and our view is just absolutely fantastic. We look over the town and the sea. I’m not leaving. Nope, you can’t make me. I’m staying here. :)

Deanna went for a swim and was happy to report the water was chilly but fantastic. I’ll take her word for it 😉

We all met for a group dinner at the Hotel Pasqualle restaurant. The restaurant isn’t normally open but they open it up for our tour group. It’s a family run business. We were treated to a pesto making demonstration followed by the best meal we’ve had so far in Italy. We had some local white wine from the Cinque Terre followed by a pesto lasagna that was indescribably good. That was followed by a flakey white fish similar and a dessert made with a raisin liquor called Sciacchetr. It was a beautiful night with almost a full moon. A great evening.