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Florence to Ventimiglia

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An October 2005 trip to Tuscany by nrf

Hotel Sea Gull Photo, Ventimiglia, Italy More Photos
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Florence to Ventimiglia

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Overview

Appenine Mountains Photo, Tuscany, Italy
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Florence is one of the great cities of the world. We could return annually and still not exhaust the list of things to do and see. The countryside of Tuscany is memorable and filled with interesting villages to visit.The Italian Riviera is beautiful with many uncrowded spots. Everybody who visits the towns of Cinque Terra falls in love with the area.Liguria, a ribbon stretched along the ocean, has many charms. It is an area of contrasts featuring Italy's largest port, busy oceanside resorts and many quiet, almost desolate places.On this trip, we headed west from Florence, roughly following the Arno River through Empoli, then through Lucca to Pisa and eventually north to Carrara, then...Read More

Hotel Sea Gull

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Hotel

Hotel Sea Gull Photo, Ventimiglia, Italy
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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...Read More

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Hotel Sea Gull
Passeggiata Marconi, 24
Ventimiglia, Italy
+39 0184 351726

Hotel Carrara

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Hotel

Hotel Carrara Photo, Tuscany, Italy
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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 mornin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

Hotel Carrara
Via Petacchi, 21 - Avenza, Carrara
Carrara

Carrara Quarries

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Attraction

Carrara Quarries Photo, Carrara, Tuscany
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Browsing in Florence shops, wife Gwen became fascinated with handsome little marble carvings. Soon our luggage included a collection of metamorphic rocks posing as bananas, peaches, figs, persimmons, and other things. I remembered Rick Steves’ advice about travelling light but it was now too late to bring up that subject.Gwen believed that a bag of painted rocks would stir memories of the treasured sites and works that we admired during our time in Florence. That great Italian place is rich with marble construction and objects d’art hewn from the stone. Like our carved fruits, most Florentine marble was sourced near Carrara, about 140km northwest of the city. Departing soon for the west coas...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2006

Carrara Quarries
Appenine Mountains
Carrara, Italy

Piazza del Duomo (Piazza dei Miracoli)

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Attraction | "Piazza dei Mirocoli"

Piazza del Duomo (Piazza dei Miracoli) Photo, Pisa, Italy
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Pisa lies on the Arno River’s alluvial plain. Its Piazza dei Miracoli is site of Santa Maria Cathedral and the adjacent Camposanto, Baptistry and Campanile, the famous leaning bell tower.Origins of Pisa date back millennia. It was a Roman colony, written about then as an old city. Importance peaked in the 12th century when Pisa’s navy exercised power over significant areas. Many believe that building of the Piazza began with treasure looted from Saracens in Palermo.Pisa was prosperous in the Middle Ages. Expression of its importance demanded extravagant monuments. The Romanesque cathedral, started in 1063, was substantially complete by mid-12th century. The cathedral was extensively re...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2006

Piazza del Duomo (Piazza dei Miracoli)
Center Of Pisa
Pisa, Tuscany, Italy 56126