An October 2005 trip
to Tuscany by nrf
Quote: Driving a rental car allowed us to set our own pace and stop at interesting spots.
The pretty seaside town of Ventimigila is near the border between France and Italy. The 27 room Hotel Seagull has been well kept by the Lorenzi family for more than 40 years. It is on a waterfront street in the Marina San Giuseppe neighbourhood. Our room, complete with a comfortable balcony, offered an unobstructed view of the Mediterranean Ocean. At night, the lights from Menton France sparkled brightly.
In early October, the area was not pressured by crowds and the weather was pleasant. We enjoyed walking along the waterfront and to the town centre which was about 10 minutes away. There are many restaurants close to the hotel and we chose one that specialized in seafood. I ordered the fish soup and a huge bowl of tasty broth arrived, stacked with shellfish and other small finned creatures, no doubt straight from the ocean. I couldn’t begin to name any of these and, to be honest, I was a bit intimidated by the whole fish style. At home, I’m likely to eat filleted fish devoid of bones, eyes, tails, and fins. However, travel is supposed to provide new experiences. Right?
There are many activities in the surrounding area to interest visitors. You can run over to Monaco and drop a few bills in the casino, or you could head into the Ligurian countryside and visit an olive mill and the delightful museum of the olive in Imperia.
Hotel Seagull offers all the services one might expect in the air-conditioned rooms: full modern bath, television, computer hook-up, hair dryer, etc. On the main floor is an elegantly furnished lounge with bar and tables. Sliding doors open to a large flowered terrace overlooking the ocean. The ground floor area is where the included breakfast is served.
The staff here was friendly and efficient with English spoken well by a few. We paid about €80 a night which seemed a fair bargain for a nice waterfront place on the Italian Riviera. The hotel has a good website with English: http://www.seagullhotel.it/.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2006
Hotel Sea Gull
Passeggiata Marconi, 24
+39 0184 351726
Carrara Italy is about 60km north of Pisa, close to the Mediterranean. In front of the train station is Hotel Carrara, a comfortable place albeit with slightly fading elegance. Here we stopped to enable a visit to the nearby marble quarries of the Tuscan Apennine Mountains.
Our air-conditioned room had the usual urban comforts including private bath, telephone, television, mini-bar and a small balcony from which to enjoy the neighbourhood. Below the reception area is a large space the hotel calls the Living Room. It’s a combination dining room, bar, breakfast area, and sitting lounge. Here from 6 to 10 each morning the included breakfast was served. This was a level above the typical morning meal of Italy including a broad selection of breakfast foods, drinks, and fresh fruits. As we were about to depart, a gentleman server presented two complimentary bags of bottled water, fruit, and snacks. He wanted us to be comfortable during the day’s explorations. This was an unexpected surprise and a nice touch.
Carrara is slightly larger than we expected and almost everywhere the importance of marble is apparent. Huge blocks are trucked down from the mountain one at a time to be sawn and finished in slabs for export.
Via Petacchi, 21 - Avenza, Carrara
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2006
Attraction | "Piazza dei Mirocoli"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2006
Piazza del Duomo (Piazza dei Miracoli)
Center Of Pisa
Pisa, Tuscany, Italy 56126
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