|Someone at the Moby ferry company has a sense of adventure when it comes|
to paint schemes. There all different and all wild.
|Between the ferries and cruise ships we bounced around with a fair bit of |
wake in the marina at Livorno.
|Heading north along the coast of Tuscany towards Spezia. The writer Shelly |
died sailing this coast when caught in a sudden storm.
|We had hoped to see the sun sparkle off the Carrara marble quarries but |
low cloud killed that. The quarries are huge and stretch well up the valley.
|Spezia has obviously been a major naval base for a looonnnggg time.|
|The town wall was full with a number of beautiful classic yachts in residence.|
|Not all the classics were sailboats. This old motor launch was magnificent.|
|Alcheringa sits quietly at anchor in Le Grazie while the Disneyworld cruise |
liner passes by out in the Golfo di La Spezia.
|Le Grazie was quite a nice spot to base ourselves for a few days. The church was|
fun watching a succession of weddings on the Saturday.
|Livorno to Le Grazie - 40.1 nautical miles - 6 hours 55 minutes|
Average speed 5.8 knots Max 6.9 knots
|The waterfront was definitely the most attractive area of Le Spezia we saw.|
|Every view of Porto Venere screams postcard. The place is absolutely gorgeous.|
|The small 13th Century church dominates the entrance to the channel |
between Porto Venere and Isola Palmaria.
|Rob at Porto Venere.|
|The harbour side cafes were quite reasonably priced considering Port Venere|
is such a popular tourist stop.
|Karen taking in the sights as we approach Porto Venere from the Golfo di La Spezia.|
|Porto Venere from the water.|
|Stunning Riomaggiore was the first of the five villages we passed.|
|It is easy to see how popular villages of the Cinque Terre like Manarola are |
by the number of tourists we could see from Alcheringa’s decks.
|Marc marvelling at the vineyards carved into the steep hillsides at Manarola.|
|Corniglia is said to be the most unspoilt of the Cirque Terre villages and |
considering how hard it is to get to we can understand why.
|Monterosso is the northernmost, largest, most modernised and least appealing |
of the five villages but was still a fine spot to anchor off the beach for lunch.
|Karen enjoyed watching the spectacular coastline glide past from the bow.|
|What better place to anchor for the night than off Porto Venere.|
|Le Grazie to Porto Venere via Cinque Terra|
23.0 nautical miles - 4 hours 27 minutes + our lunch stop
Average speed 5.2 knots Max 6.7 knots
Next morning it was time to turn our bows back to the south. The good news was we had quite a good North Westerly blowing us on our way. The bad news was that it was also building quite a reasonably sized swell that made the anchorages we’d shortlisted to stay in unviable. In fact there are very few anchorages on the Italian coast that provide any shelter from wind blowing from this direction. So it was back into the Marina at Livorno for us. This turned out to be a good decision as overnight the North Westerly strengthened up into the high 20 to mid 30 knot range and kept us pinned at the dock for another two days. Such is life.
|Porto Venere to Livorno - 37.3 nautical miles - 6 hours 37 minutes|
Average Speed 5.6 knots Max 7.5 knots
MARINA REVIEW: Yacht Club Livorno -Italy ***