24.06.2014 30 °C
So we left Tuscany and headed for Cinque Terre via Pisa on the way. Pisa is quite an attractive town and we found parking in town and grabbed a coffee at caffe Keith. This is right next to the impressive Keith Haring mural 'Tuttomondo'. The theme of the mural is is that of peace and harmony in the world, which can be read through the links and divisions between the 30 figures which, like a puzzle, occupy 180 square metres of the south wall of the church of St. Anthony.
We spent a while working out and then waiting for a bus out of the town area to get to the old city and the tower. It is located in the Piazza Dei Miracoli - The "field of miracles" along with a few other famous structures, such as the Duomo, the Camposanto, and the Baptistery. These are all very attractive marble structures. The tower building began in 1173 but the building continued for 800 years with many efforts to correct the lean. Then someone just decided to go with it but it required stabilisation in 1990-2001.
We posed for the obligatory photos trying to get pin point accuracy for optical illusion and mostly failing! But it was fun anyway. Lunch and back to the car and off to Cinque terre.
Our accommodation is an agriturismo or farm stay called Cardu Chittu located near Levanto . This place is quite well known for its food and most of the organic produce is grown either on the farm or locally. We were treated to the most amazing dinner we had eaten of 4 courses, starter of house made salami, rosemary puffs and an apple, celery and walnut salad. Then pasta which was the most enormous plate of ricotta and spinach filled tortellini with sage butter. We couldn't even get through half of it! Then for Secondi we had home grown chicken (very tasty) which had a light seasoning and fried zucchini flowers and a green salad. Dessert was a creme anglaise with home grown raspberries an a tangy sauce. Lucky we only had to walk up one flight of stairs to our room. So full.
Tomorrow we are hoping to explore the Cinque terre either by boat or on foot depending on the weather.