Monterosso al mare, Cinque Terre
Don't listen to what they say. Go see.
Coming, going... town hopping around the five tiny fishing towns by the Ligurian sea.
SCORCHIO! ☀️There's nothing cool or fun about sitting in the midday sun in Riomaggiore, even in September. I can report that if you missed going on a summer holiday this year, you can still head to the region of La Spezia and slowly roast by the sea.
Vernazza is the most picturesque of the cinque terre ('five lands') and the only one with a proper harbour. The earliest mention of the town dates back to 1080, when it was controlled by the Obertenghi family. In time, the Genoese took control of the town and built many fortifications to defend it from pirate attacks - like the Doria Castle. Winding side streets all lead to Genoese-style narrow steep alleyways (Caruggi), from where you get stunning views of the rugged coast side town, with its elegant colourful houses.
Why is the Pisa tower leaning? The soft ground upon which it's built meant that by the time construction reached the third floor in 1178 it was already leaning. The shifting soil destabilised the towers foundations and even today it continues to lean a few milimiter every year. It's a mystery why they finished the tower the way it is when they noticed it was leaning already!