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Liberation Day in Sarzana

Being the nearest fairly large town near the Alta Via trailhead, I chose Sarzana as my preparation camp.  What a lucky choice!  Sarzana has quite a charm all its own – the medieval fortress on the hill overlooking the city, inviting and spacious piazzas, and of course the friendly gelateria owner who had just the right little size of yummy gelato for just 1 euro 😉

I happened to arrive on Liberation Day (Sunday, April 25th), so despite many business being closed, everyone was out full force for an extra-long evening passeggiata.  Quite a bit of interesting architecture around town, including more fortress structures, made for great walking (and apparently lots of great places for teenagers to mash ;))

Only downside to the holiday is that the CAI (Club Alpino Italiano) office that sold the topo maps I needed was closed and didn’t open until 5pm the following day.  Darn – had to spend an extra day in Sarzana 🙂  By the way, I recommend 50/50 Cocco (coconut) & Nocciola (hazelnut) gelato – molto buono.


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