Italy, San Marino, Liechetenstein

    Day 1

    Day 1 – Sunday, April 07, 2019 - Flight: Denver, Colorado to Munich, Germany

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    Italy, San Marino & Liechtenstein

    After an unusually snowy and cold winter, we were delighted to leave Elephant Rock for two weeks and explore more of Italy. We have never been to San...

    Day 2

    Day 02 - Monday, April 08, 2019 - Flight: Munich, Germany to Florence, Italy; Drive to Pienza, Italy; Explore Pienza

    After a night crossing of the North Atlantic, we arrived safely in Munich, Germany at 9:55 AM and went right through the Euro Zone customs and immigration.

    We found the...

    Day 3

    Day 03 - Tuesday, April 09, 2019 - Drive to Montepulciano, Climb to Top of Town Hall Tower; Visit Ceramic Factory, Pienza; Explore Monticchiello, Lunch; Walk Old City Center, Pienza

    The chirping birds woke us up this morning about 7:30AM. It was an overcast beginning, but with promises of partly...

    Day 4

    Day 04 - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – Drive to Lucciola Bella Nature Reserve; Explore village of Montefollonico, Dinner in Pienza

    The morning began bright and sunny but we could see building clouds in the distance. The temperature was 51 degrees and the weather forecast was for rain most of...

    Day 5

    Day 05 - Thursday, April 11, 2019 - Drive to the Republic of San Marino

    We were the first ones in the breakfast room this morning and Marco had everything ready for our early departure. By 8:15 AM we were all packed, the GPS was set for the Grand Hotel...

    Day 6

    Day 06 - Friday, April 12, 2019 - Explore San Marino

    After breakfast at the hotel, we donned our raincoats and set out to explore San Marino. At 9:30 there were very few tourists and the shops were just beginning to open.

    We made a brief stop at the Pharmacia...

    Day 7

    Day 07 - Saturday, April 13, 2019 – Drive to Rimini, Italy and Adriatic Coast

    We woke up to dense fog and 47 degrees. The streets of San Marino were very quiet on this early Saturday morning. There were a few people walking to work and the street cleaners were...

    Day 8

    Day 08 - Sunday, April 14, 2019 - Drive to the Principality of Liechetenstein;

    Sunday sunshine in San Marino! We enjoyed a quiet breakfast at the hotel and then we paid the bill for our three-day stay in San Marino. We were all packed and the GPS was set for...

    Day 9

    Day 09 - Monday, April 15, 2019 – Explore Vaduz, Liechtenstein; Drive to Sevelen, Switzerland

    When we woke up at 7:00 we could not see the Vaduz Castle on the mountainside because of the dense mountain fog. Breakfast was served from 7 to 9:00 with classic cold meats, cheeses, breads,...

    Day 10

    Day 10 - Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - Drive to the Monterosso al Mare, Italy; Cinque Terre

    After breakfast we were ready to pay our bill and then head south for Italy and Monterosso al Mare on the Cinque Terre Coast.

    Following the same route out of Liechtenstein and through...

    Day 11

    Day 11 - Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – Trek from Monterosso al Mare to Vernazza; Lunch in Vernazza; Ride Train to Monterosso

    Waking up before the alarm goes off was getting to be easier as the little village of Monterosso al Mare came alive about 6:30 AM. Vendors were bringing...

    Day 12

    Day 12 - Thursday, April 18, 2019 – Take Train to La Spezia, Italy; Explore La Spezia; Continue to Riomaggiore; Lunch in Riomaggiore; Ride Train to Monterosso al Mare

    After breakfast at the hotel we backtracked to the Cinque Terre trailhead to look for Vic’s Garmin GPS that disappeared on...

    Day 13

    Day 13 - Friday, April 19, 2019 – Ride the Cinque Terre Train to Manarola; Explore the Fishing Village; Ride the Train to Corniglia, Ride the Shuttle Bus to the City Center; Explore Corniglia, Dinner in Monterosso al Mare

    Breakfast at the hotel was very crowded today. The hotel was...

    Day 14

    Day 14 - Saturday, April 20, 2019 – Ferry Ride to Cinque Terre Villages; Arrive in Porto Venere, Italy; Discover Porto Venere; Sail back to Monterosso al Mare, Dinner in Monterosso al Mare

    It was a quiet Saturday morning on our street. The hotel was not full and the breakfast...

    Day 15

    Day 15 - Sunday, April 21, 2019 - Drive to Florence; Return Rental Car; Airport Hotel

    Today was our last day in Monterosso al Mare. After breakfast we finished packing for our drive to Florence. Our hotel was in a combined package plan with our flights so we only had...

    Day 16

    Day 16 - Monday, April 22, 2019 - From Florence Fly to Munich, Germany; Then to Denver, Colorado

    Our travel day began early with a wake up call at 3:30 AM and the arrival of the taxi at 4:15. We were one of the first to check in at the...

    Day 17

    Italy, San Marino, Liechtenstein Adventure

    Trip Evaluation


    The flights worked well, timing was good as was the service with Lufthansa. The Air Dolomiti flights were small, regional but worked to get us to Florence.

    Roads in Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein

    The roads in Switzerland, San Marino,...

    Day 18

    Italy, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Cinque Terre Adventure

    Hotel Evaluations

    Piccolo Hotel La Valle, Pienza, Italy


    LOCATION: An easy drive from Florence, Piccolo Hotel la Valle is located near the city center. Within walking distance to restaurants and city walls. Fantastic views of the...

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