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Today we took our water colors, paper and brushes to the Cinque Terre, one of the most breathtaking locations on the planet.

Our chartered bus met us in Piazza Tasso and it was a two-hour journey to La Spezia. If you don’t have a car, the only reasonable way to visit the Cinque Terre is by train. We bought tickets to Monterosso, the town farthest north.

After disembarking from the train, the group divided into smaller units, each with its own agenda (food, swimming, beach time). The weather was hot and the water incredibly refreshing. One vacationer chastised us for making the students work!

We were back home in Florence by 7:00. Showers, dinner on our own, and a sound night of sleep!