I spent 6 weeks in Italy between June and July 2018. I just had quit my job and spent most of the time in a tiny village in Tuscany. My main goal was to work on some italian inheritage paperwork, and that had many limitations. The main limitation was that I couldn’t travel much during the week, so I mostly had half of Saturday and Sunday to travel.
Given that the italian train system is amazing, I was still able to visit many incredible places, just by train.
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First, I went to Cinque Terre, and I hiked from Monterosso al Mare, to Vernazza, to Corniglia and finally to Volastra / Manarola. I was pretty beat by then and I decided to take the train from Manarola to Riomaggiore, given that the easy path is closed until who knows when.
Note: most of the photos are from my phone (Pixel 2), given I smeared my camera lens with sweat and sunscreen. Oops.
Here I took more photos with my camera (a Fuji XT-1 with a 35mm prime lens and that’s it), but some with my phone too, especially the ones at night.
I went multiple days and took a billion of photos of Florence, since I was stationed pretty close to it. Again, mix of Pixel 2 and Fuji XT-1. I tried to pick only the coolest ones here.
Lucca is a beautiful town! I highly recommend it. I didn’t take many photos but I highly recommend going there during a festival, or sit at a café, sip some Aperol-Spritz and watch life go by. They have a a lot of Verdi stuff since he was born there.
Siena is awesome. Since in the summer italians throw a lot of medieval festivities (pretty sure it’s a good tourist business!), I fell into one that I didn’t plan. If you go, make sure to check the cathedral. Gorgeous.
Collodi is near the city I was staying, and it’s also the home of Pinocchio. I loaded a hiking map I got from wikiloc.com in my GPS watch and followed it. Big mistake – it didn’t have any of the trails, it only told that I had to turn to a certain path. I got lost many times but it was a gorgeous 20km hike! The trail mixed routes that were kept, unkept and also little towns north of Lucca.
Arezzo (Giostra del Saracino)
I did a super quick stop in Arezzo to checkout the Giostra del Saracino, a tip that my italian teacher gave me. Most of the tourists there were italians, and there were a ton of local people cheering for their own neighborhoods. It was pretty cool to see that didn’t feel artificial. Highly recommended.
The last stop was Rome, in which I only spent one day and two nights, beforing returning to New York. I would love to visit Rome again, with more time. So impressive. If you go, check out the tiny concerts everywhere in the summer. I found a piano player playing in a little nook in the jewish neighborhood that was so incredible, even from far away.
I hope you enjoyed the photos!