Here we go again! Today I came back from my short holiday in Italy. I went to the Tuscany, vitising Pisa, Cinque Terre, and some other smaller or bigger cities, and I enjoyed this little escape from everyday life in Hamburg so much! My family has owned a camping since before I was born, so I’ve spent most holidays traveling around one country or another for a few weeks. Having your own little house with you is most convenient, I’m telling you! No matter where you are, you can feel at home. And on the other hand, this way, you have a new adventure beginning right at your doorstep. I haven’t been on holidays with my family for a few years now, though, so it was a lot of fun to live in the camping again for a few days.
I’m going to sum the five days up as best as I can, so that this post doesn’t end up endlessly long!
The day I arrived my family also arrived at the new camping ground, so we set up the camping first, went for some grocery shopping and then went to the beach to have a relaxing evening. That is what I love about flying, you end up in a completely different situation and place than when you left! When I left Hamburg that morning, it was cold and grey, and I finished my day lying at the beach, basking in the sun and swimming in the ocean. A bit surreal, don’t you think? But definitely an improvement, haha!
On my second day we went to Pisa, of course. It’s a charming little city with a beautiful center and some shopping streets. I was even able to buy a really great swim suit which was on sale! Now I was perfectly equipped for this trip. After walking through the city center we came to the Piazza dei Miracoli, the Square of Wonders, so to say. And it truly looks like a wonder, seeing the leaning tower of Pisa gruped together with the Cathedral and the Pisa Babtistry. We walked into the piazza from around a corner, and suddenly these beautifully aranged buildings, made of white marble stood in front of us, perfetly lined up. Well, except for the tower of course! The leaning tower of Pisa actually is the bell tower of the Cathedral and its architecture is simply stunning. The white marble looks so pretty against the blue sky! But we took the funniest pictures not directly in front of the tower, but in front of the cathedral, where you can see the tower peeking around the cathedral’s corner. It really looks like it would be wanting even more attention than it gets already, shouting hey! I’m over here, look at me!
The next day we decided to spent the morning at the beach. I haven’t really been to the beach for a really long time, so I enjoyed this a lot. My favorite thing to do at the beach is to go swimming first, in order to cool down, and then to lie down on my already hot towel to dry up again. I always build little sand castles in front of my towel or put my ear on the ground and play with the sand next to the towel, because you can actually hear that! Sounds strange, but this reminds me of my childhood and is just so relaxing… In the evening we drove to a city called Livorno, but unfortunately it wasn’t a very beautiful one… Anyway, I managed to take this photo of the small harbor in front of the city’s fort.
On Sunday we got up really early, because we wanted to go on a trip to the famous villages called Cinque Terre. These are five villages, built into the slopes of the mountains, known for their beautiful architecture and colorful houses and squares. All of them are a UNESCO world heritage site and really, really worth a visit. There is a train running between them, which is extremely convenient, as otherwise you would have to walk several hours through the mountains, but the train goes right through them, so it only takes a few minutes between each village. This was my personal highlight of this trip to Italy, the villages were absolutely wonderful. They had beautiful houses and piazzas, little hidden alleys and staircases, gorgeous plants and flowers, and the views of the ocean and the mountains were truly spectacular. We spent the whole day in these villages and we also saw the sundown, which bathed the coast in beautiful light for photographs. On the picture below is the port of Vernazza, which is one of the most photographed places there.
The next day we needed to recover a bit from Sunday’s trip, we walked around the whole day, so we rewarded ourselves with another morning at the beach. Me and my sister found a natural little bay, formed by huge rock next to the shore, where the water was really warm and only waist-high. So we splashed and joked around like little children… but honestly, holidays are for relaxing and enjoying yourself, so why care about the stares of others! This was also my last day in Italy, so in the evening we made one last trip to Arezzo, a city not far from the coast. The city had a wonderful center with preserved and renovated old buildings, in which the shops where located. It was a perfect mix of history and contemporary life. This city even had an intact city wall, which we had to pass in order to enter the city. That was really special! We had delicious pizza and strolled through the streets and alleys, passing churches, cafés and charming squares until it became quite late. We couldn’t stay for a drink unfortunately, because I still had to pack my things, as I was leaving the next morning.
The flight back was pretty long, because the connection wasn’t very good. I had to transfer in Munich, and unfortunately I had to wait for almost five hours for my connecting flight. But as I was flying with Lufthansa, there was such a nice service! I could take as much coffee, tea, and hot chocolate as I wanted, and they also provided a wide range of newspapers… Now that’s a service I enjoyed, as I usually take the cheapest airlines in order to save money, and that usually means that you even have to pay for a damn glass of water… So flying with Lufthansa was a pleasant change!
All in all, I enjoyed my trip a lot and I am really happy that I finally saw the leaning tower of Pisa and Cinque Terre. I’ve been seeing tons of pictures of them on Instagram lately, so I was eager to visit there myself. Also, I enjoyed swimming in the ocean a lot, and even got a bit tanned. I hope this will help me face the cold months, because winter is coming!