Pic: Some stallls with Venetian Masks which I adore…
Why did I have to discover the most amazing boutiques ever at the end of my trip?! It’s probably meant to be as my suitcase is already totally over weight but wow, the shopping in Forte dei Marmi is amazing. I haven’t seen anything like it really before…all the stores are beautifully decorated, all clustered near each other so really easy to shop and they all stock such random, unique pieces from jewellery to shoes to handbags and interiors. Lust Have Heaven but only on a big budget
I am going to dedicate tomorrow morning to trying to take some pictures of the boutiques, buy a small few pieces and just meander through the stores sans boyfriend so I’ll be hopping on my bike and heading down town…I am excited already!
We spent the last few days down in Cinque Terre and the surrounding areas with some friends we met up with. So much fun! The original plan was to go there, then we decided against it and then since we were near enough by train from Forte dei Marmi, we decided to just head down there for a night. I am so happy we made that decision as it really is worth heading down there to see. However, I do have a major issue with the amount of us tourists down there. I would seriously love to find a quiet time and do it all over again. We even did an hour and a half hike overlooking the ocean and two of the five Cinque Terre villages in 30 degree heat…It’s tough going but definitly not anywhere near as hard as people make out on Tripadvisor. Despite my little tiny strop mid way, I was happy enough to have done it and we rewarded ourselves by jumping straight into the sea at the end…Bliss!
Let me know if you are planning a trip to Italy and I would be delighted to help you out with any questions I can help you with….
Ciao for now,
1. View of Vernazza from the start of hike
2. Bright Market Stall in Monterosso
3. View overlooking Florence
4. Some Market goodies in Riomaggiore