08 August 2012

Exile me to Elba!

A few weeks ago I went to Isola d'Elba, which is located 20 kilometres from the town of Piombino in Tuscany. In my previous post, I mentioned that Cinque Terre was the most beautiful place I'd ever been. Scratch that. Isola d'Elba takes the cake for most gorgeous place in my world. 

Getting to the island the weekend of July 21st proved to be quite a challenge. Since there was an Italy-wide strike for all public transit starting at different times throughout the day we left, we had to meticulously coordinate our cabs/trains/buses/boats in order to not be stranded on the side of a highway... again (never a dull moment in Italy)! We travelled from Florence to Piombino by Sita bus, which was quite comfortable. We then took a ferry boat from the Piombino port to Isola d'Elba. Following our 1.5h boat ride, we took a 40 minute cab to our unbelievably beautiful hotel in Marciano Marina. 

The town we stayed in (and the island in general) was the furthest thing from a tourist attraction I've ever seen. It was jam-packed with Tuscan locals who were extremely warm and welcoming. It was super awesome because I got to really practise my Italian, since very few people spoke English. During my stay on the Island I went cliff diving, kayaking, and snorkelling. I sunbathed all day and indulged in amazing sea food by night.

I came out of my four day vacation from my vacation with a new appreciation for the small unknown parts of Italy, as well as a new perspective on life: You only live once. 

Prada Sunnies
United Colors of Benetton distressed denim shorts
Aeries embroidered top
Mix-matched random bikini


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