Continuing on the Birthday fun, our good friends from New York came the following week for an Italian get-away. We decided to meet them in Le Cinque Terre before heading back all together to Bologna. After work, Giancarlo and I boarded a train and headed to the Italian Riviera. 3 hours later, and up a flight of narrow-makeshift stairs, we had arrived at La Mala. The views were breathtaking and we sat on the back porch overlooking the Mediterranean for a few minutes before indulging in the local aperitivo.
We had decided that we could only stay one night due to work, but seeing as it was roughly around 3 hours (more or less) from Bologna, it was the perfect mix of "not too much, and not too little". That night we headed out to eat at L'Ancora della Tortuga which served us a wide variety of traditional Ligurian dishes. Lots of fish, lots of pesto, and of course I only got a picture of the meat plate.
So far, this has been the most beautiful place in Italy I've seen. Giancarlo tells me to wait until we go down south to the Amalfi coast before I say that, but so far if I could move back to the west coast... Italian style, I would in a heart beat. I'll be coming back for more.
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And for New York Times' 36 hours in Le Cinque Terre with a list of goodies for those staying longer than 24 hours, check it here.