ITALIAN RIVIERA CINQUE TERRE, LIGURA The five picturesque remote villages clinging to the cliffs and overlooking the Gulf of Genoa can be visited by train, boat or by hiking between the villages. You can travel by car as far as Monterossa. The villages are: Monterossa, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore going north to south.
SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE, LIGURA A charming town on the Gulf of Tigullio overlooking a harbor with a promenade that goes along the harbor and the beach. It is a small town with lots of colorful buildings.
PORTOFINO, LIGURA Portofino was made famous by the yachting set and the celebrities that visited it. It is only 3 1/2 miles from Santa Margherita and can be accessed by road and by ferry.
TUSCANY LUCCA, TUSCANY Lucca is a medieval walled city. It is a very walkable town with museums, many beautiful churches, piazzas, villas and palazzos. It is the capital of the province of Lucca.
FIGLINE VALDARNO & VILLA CASAGRANDE, TUSCANY Figline Valdarno is a small medieval town south of Florence and is a wonderful place for a villa experience in Tuscany. It is located 44 minutes from Florence and is in the Chianti region.
FLORENCE, TUSCANY Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance thanks to the Medici family who ruled the city from the end of the 14th century until 1737. The town is a well-preserved museum of churches, piazzas, arts, famous buildings and wandering through the narrow streets makes you think you are back in medieval times.
SAN GIMIGNANO, SIENA, TUSCANY A walled medieval hill town from the 13th century. It once had 72 towers built by the aristocratic wealthy people of the town. The higher the tower, the wealthier the family. Surviving are 14 towers.
Photos by Christine Meny
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