Saturday, 10 September 2016
Friday 9 September 2016 - A Day Of Leisure in Pontremoli and La Spezia
Pontremoli is a lovely small town slightly overlooked by a motorway carrying traffic that must have previously overrun the place.
We wandered down ancient streets with ornamental lintels, stopping for a coffee at a Swiss café before ambling up to the Piagnaro Castle past some wonderfully ornate benches. A fine exhibition of Stele statues (mysterious pagan sculptures dating from as long ago as 5000BC) held our attention for some time, aided by the English translation headphones. Then a wander around the castle ramparts, many of which contained what appeared to be private apartments, before adjourning for lunch at San Francesco il Lupo restaurant.
After that, La Spezia beckoned. It's a busy naval and commercial port as well as being a gateway to the famous Cinque Terre area. A tourist trap. Very busy. We dined in a pizzeria that did salads, sitting next to a lady from Florida and with a 'you've been framed' sort of programme on TV in the background.
There will be more in a slide show, but the top two pictures were taken in Pontremoli, the bottom one is near the sea front at La Spezia.