One of the parts of Italy that I was most looking forward to was Cinque Terra: the ‘five lands’. The area of La Spezia is beautiful! La Spezia itself is a big Naval and industrial trading port so there was a lot of machinery and mining but hidden along the coastline are the five bays stacked with pastel coloured houses with emerald-green shutters.
After a beautiful few days in Florence we escaped the busy city and drove off into the Tuscan countryside. We stopped at a lovely little hotel just outside the city of Siena.
I loved Siena. It’s a small hilly town filled with narrow cobble-stoned streets and tall houses that were packed tightly within the city walls. It was a city full of hidden treasures.