We had another day packed full of transit! We left Rimini and drove 3 hours across the country, by way of Florence. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to stop in Florence, but we did get to stop in the small town of Pisa! Seeing the leaning tower is sort of like seeing the Mona Lisa in person- it just cannot be real. Natalia and I each grabbed a gelato before going to observe this hysterical failure of a building that has brought it such fame. Of course, I couldn’t help but seize the moment for a fun pic.
After Pisa we headed to Viareggio and checked in at the hotel. Viareggio is the most southern town on a very long beach with hundreds of fabulous beach clubs. It’s very different from Rimini, as it’s on the Mediterranean but has a similar look with so many varied beach umbrellas and chairs.
After checking in, we headed down to the beach to check out the scene. It was pretty late in the day, but we still managed to find some interesting spots to shoot before coming back and heading to dinner. Oddly enough, one of the spots we took pictures of was having a free performance from a live ‘Italian Idol’ singer so we decided to go there for drinks after dinner and see her perform. We had a lot of fun (her name was Gretel, and she’s fierce) and even danced a bit with the locals.
We awoke early to explore the packed 16km coast line that’s divided into three desperate beaches: Viareggio, Lido di Camaiore & Forte dei Marmi.
As you can imagine, 16km is a LOT of beach to cover, so we did our best walking for a few hours through the various beach clubs, many of which also had swimming pools. This area is very chic- especially Forte dei Marmi. A friend of ours knows the owner of one of the top beach clubs in FDM named Bagno Annette, and we were lucky enough to get to stop for a late afternoon margarita pizza and some wine while we were shooting along the beach. The owner, Anna, told us about the history of the beach club and helped give us a better understanding of the area. It was a real treat getting to see and hear about these generational clubs, and how they are still being upheld today during the poor economic times in Italy. Apparently, the Russians have taken a liking to the country and are a large help in keeping the vacation towns of Italy afloat.
After a long day of shooting we retired to the hotel and found the number one recommended restaurant in the area on Trip Advisor, but when we got there they were full! So we meandered down some side streets and randomly found this charming and delicious restaurant, Buonamico. It was a lovely end to our stay in Viareggio, and tomorrow we head to the very special town of Montorossa in Cinque Terra.
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