My travels to Tuscany had so far only taken me to the countryside, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect when I arrived. We flew into Pisa Airport, a short, half-hour car journey from our base for the week, Viareggio. Sun shining, we were greeted by a charming, oversized promenade lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and beach clubs. We were staying at the Palace Hotel, a simple but all-you-need-in-one-place type of affair. We loved the rooftop bar, where we spent every evening enjoying an aperitivo in front of the sunset.
Viareggio is a great base to explore from. During the week, we visited Forte dei Marmi (the Marbella of Italy), with its stylish beach bars, high-end restaurants and gorgeous beach. Pisa and its famous tower is only half an hour away, as is historic Lucca. We made the most of our hire car and headed up to Liguria, and the famous villages of the Cinque Terre. There are several ways to view the ‘famous five’, but with the sun shining, we opted for a boat trip.
Hopping on and off, we admired the colourful houses, explored the tiny streets, ate gelato after gelato, and took endless photos (it’s one of the most photogenic places I have ever been). I took hours of video during my travels, all of which has been sped up and edited together into this short vlog.
I hope you enjoy it, and that it gives you a little flavour of what these beautiful areas are all about!