We decided that the best way to see northern Italy would be to rent a car. It's been 6 months since I have driven and I was looking forward to some time behind the wheel. The plan was to drive to La Spezia first, which would be the staging point for exploring Cinque Terra, a group of five ancient villages perched on rugged cliffs overlooking the sea. We spent 2 days covering the "5 lands" as Cinque Terra is known. Had we known how much we would like La Spezia, we would have planned on staying longer but already had a room booked in Sienna and had to make our way into the heart of Tuscany. We followed the coast of the Italian Riviera for quite a ways before heading east into wine country. The drive was amazing and quite easy thanks to the navigation system as the roads are mainly unmarked in the Italian countryside. Sienna turned out to be much cooler than I had anticipated. We rented an apartment right next to Piazza Del Campo and spent the next couple days hanging out and people watching. Sienna was a stunning place, small enough to explore on foot with amazing architecture and history.
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