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Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Entering the very narrow strait to La Spezia
The old town at the entrance
After a very disappointing visit to Porto Mirabello who wanted to charge us E120 for a mooring 1 km from the shore and up against a huge cement pontoon, we moved around the bay, found the small marina ‘Fezzano’ and quickly settled in to the way of life there . 

The Fezzano clubrooms
Enjoying the beautiful marina views
The marina was superb. We were welcomed into the clubrooms with full use of modern showers, free wifi and unbelievable coffee. This was the sort of town you could live in. The streets were well kept and it seemed that everyone knew each other. Each morning we enjoyed a warm croissant and coffee (2.50Euros) and then spent the rest of the day exploring.

Small boats at the quay
Looking towards the town
Stuffed mussels at the small Fezzano restaurant
We decided to visit La Spezia by local bus and could not get back to Fezzano quick enough. It was such a disappointment to find dirty, graffiti filled streets, shops empty and nothing worth visiting. Even McDonalds was empty !!

In the afternoon a group of vintage cars and owners rolled up to the marina for coffee and cake, then quickly moved on. There were some very unusual Italian vehicles in amongst the usual MGs and Bugattis.
The Car rally

The town park

The marina by night
With a little sadness we left Fezzano the next morning for Viareggio. David even got to have a sail!!

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