2016-07-22 Porto Molo Mediceo, Livorno to Seno di Lerici, Italy

Our berth for the past few days in the marina Porto Molo Mediceo
Our berth for the past few days in the marina Porto Molo Mediceo
Quite a few of the local guys are out fishing this morning
Quite a few of the local guys are out fishing this morning
As we are departing the big industrial port a large ferry arrives at the same time!!
As we are departing the big industrial port, a large ferry once again arrives at the same time!!
Once we are out of the port we head north towards Pisa and further up to La Spezia
Once we are out of the port we head north towards Marina di Pisa and then further up the coast towards La Spezia and the Cinque Terre
Marina di Pisa is only a short distance from Livorno
Marina di Pisa, a popular holiday spot, is only a short distance from the inland town of Pisa and 15 kms north of Livorno
The Arno River which flows through Florence enters the sea beside Marina di Pisa
The Arno River which flows through Florence enters the sea at Marina di Pisa
The river has many small wooden marinas in which numerous small to medium boats (mainly locally owned) are housed
The river has many timber piled marinas in which numerous small to medium sized boats (mainly locally owned) are housed
Marina di Pisa at the mouth of the Arno River
Marina di Pisa at the mouth of the Arno River
Looking back to the large port of Livorno in the distance with the different coloured river water clearly seen entering the sea in the foreground
Looking back to the large port of Livorno in the distance with the sediment stained river water clearly seen entering the sea in the foreground
Once again we see the amazing wooden stilt houses with their huge dip nets
Once again we see the amazing wooden stilt houses with their huge dip nets at the mouth of the river
We drop anchor by this beach for a while and have a swim before continuing up the coast
We drop anchor by this beach for a while and have a swim before continuing up the coast

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In the distance we can see the port of Viareggio
In the distance we can see the port of Viareggio
The coastline around Viareggio is a very popular area for holidaymakers
The coastline around Viareggio is a very popular area for holidaymakers
Large super yachts are built in a couple of the local large boatyards here in Viareggio
Large super yachts are built in a couple of the local large boatyards here in Viareggio

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There are also a few large hotels along this popular holiday coastline
There are also a few very large hotels along this popular holiday coastline
In the mountains nearby one could easily mistake the white marble deposits in winter as snow covered peaks
In the mountains nearby one could easily mistake the white marble deposits in winter time as snow covered peaks
The town of Marina di Carrara lies on the coast and since ancient times has been used as a port shipping it's fine white marble all over the world. Carrara marble is a pure white marble which has been favoured by sculptors such as Michaelangelo
The town of Marina di Carrara lies on the coast and since ancient times has been used as a port shipping it’s fine white marble all over the world. Carrara marble is a pure white marble which has been favoured by sculptors such as Michaelangelo. To this day it still is a major industry of the area
We continue on to the Gulf of La Specia
We continue on to the Gulf of La Specia
Looking back south down the interesting coast
Looking back south down the interesting coast
We continue on to the Gulf of La Spezia passing the cape by Bocca di Magra, a river which would have been an interesting anchorage
We decide to continue on into the Gulf of La Spezia passing the Punta Bianco by Bocca di Magra, a river which would have been an interesting anchorage for us
The superb conditions were wonderful while travelling up the coast today
The superb conditions were wonderful while travelling up the coast today. Looking across to Palmaria Island by Portovenere, the start to the  stunning Cinque Terre
Once heading into the Gulf of La Spezia we approach Tellaro
Once heading north we approach Tellaro

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The stunning fishing village is perched on a wooded hill
The stunning fishing village is perched on a wooded hill and is only a few kms to Lerici
Tellaro is very much like one of the quaint Cinque Terre villages without all the ferries coming and going
Tellaro is very much like one of the quaint Cinque Terre villages without all the tourists and ferries coming and going all the time

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This coastline is some of the most picturesque in Italy
This coastline here is some of the most picturesque in Italy
We head towards a small bay called Seno di Lerici
We head towards a small bay called Seno di Lerici, which infact is just south of the old town of Lerici
On the point is quite a well preserved castle called Castello di San Giorgio
On the point is quite a well preserved castle called Castello di San Giorgio
The small bay has a very popular swimming area
The small bay has a very popular swimming area
As there were very few boats in the bay we dropped our anchor right in the centre!!
As there were very few boats in the bay we dropped our anchor right in the centre!!
It didn't take us long to go for a swim!!
It didn’t take us long to go for a swim!!
There is a tiny beach in the lovely bay which we found had people staying on overnight in their tiny camping tents
There was a small beach in the lovely bay which had people staying on overnight in their tiny camping tents
Some individually fabulous houses were perched high over the lovely bay
In the north east corner of the bay were a group of really well positioned houses, overlooking the bay and the castle, capturing the wonderful afternoon sun
Just beyond the castle is the village of Lerici which has a true Tuscan feel
Just beyond the castle is the village of Lerici which has a true Tuscan feel. A number of years ago we stayed there with our friends for a few days while visiting the Cinque Terre
Ric has cooked is a wonderful steak to have with our salad this evening
Ric has cooked is a wonderful steak to have with our salad this evening

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