I've no doubt that Heather will follow up with a more complete report of our recent visit to Italy, but I just wanted to post a few pictures here while the experiences are fresh and the feelings more so.
After spending a week in Florence, we wanted to get out for a bit, so yesterday we went on a day trip to the Cinque Terre region. These "five lands" are little fishing villages perched over the Italian Riviera, connected by hiking trails and trains. Quite picturesque, they can also be full of other tourists at times. For our adventure, we opted for a tour that would have us spending time in each town, including a 2.4-mile hike along the trail between two of them.
Looking up the coast from Corniglia
In short, the experience was awesome. We got a little bit of rain, but not enough to matter (though the clouds were welcomed). We had some great food and met some new friends. It was a full and fun day, and given another opprotunity, the Cinque Terre region is somewhere we'd go back to for a more extended stay. Ciao!