Arezzo: Day 10

Arezzo: Day 10

On the middle Sunday of our 14-day adventure, we were allowed a free day to go wherever we wanted to in Italy, as long as we were back at our hotel in Arezzo by midnight. For this free day, I teamed back up with everyone I went on a pre-PCS trip around Europe with, except Jack came with us and Chris went with another group to Viareggio. We decided to make the trek out to Cinque Terre, which translates to “Five Lands” in Italian. These five lands are the five villages found along the coast, northwest in relation to Arezzo: Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Monterosso al Mare, and Vernazza. Having already been planning this trip out for the past few weeks, we booked a boat tour to take us out on the water, departing from Manarola. After the four-hour train ride from Arezzo that left at 6 am, we accidentally missed the stop for Manarola and ended up in Monterosso al Mare, the northernmost village of Cinque Terre. Luckily, we had budgeted enough time to get back to Manarola in time for a pleasant lunch and picture session. The views were absolutely incredible. Though we could only see the sea from the main street in Manarola, we took a walking path up to what looked like a scenic view-type area. It was then that we realized we had been in the view the entire time. The view of the colorful village from this rock bluff slapped us in the face, and I could not have been happier. Seeing the clear blue water from up on the bluff just made me want to jump in immediately. Once we got on our small tour boat, we met our captain, a weathered and seasoned Italian man by the name of Edo. He took us up and down the coast a few times and cut the engine for us to jump into the water. This was probably the most memorable swim of my life. Never had I seen such clear, bright blue water. I even saw schools of fish swimming below me. Eventually, Edo let us drive the boat, and I am not going to lie when I say that I felt like the king of the world. Overall, Cinque Terre was more than worth the four-hour train ride, and we even made it back to our hotel in Arezzo by 11 pm. Though it was a busy day, I would not have traded the memories and the people with whom I shared those memories for anything.


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