Today we went to Viareggio to celebrate Carnevale, the big celebration celebrated throughout Italy that kicks off the start of Lent.
We took a bus from the train station to Viareggio, about an hour away from Florence. Viareggio is a small beach town that reminded me a lot of the jersey shore. We got our tickets and entered in the blocked off area for the humungous fair/celebration.
All the Italians were dressed in costume and the floats were HUGE! They were so crazy and bizarre. We took tons of photos of the floats and of the people. We stopped to get some lunch at a little street fair food stand. Nothing too good, but it did the job. It was so crowded, that every restaurant had at least a 1 hour wait.
One of today’s highlight’s was when we passed this thing where you could get inside this giant blow up plastic ball and you could roll around in a blow up pool. We all chipped in some money so that we could watch Sari get in the ball and take pictures of her. It was so funny, she couldn’t stand up. After 5 minutes of Sari trapped in the plastic ball, we kept walking around and thought that since we were right by the beach, we may as well go on the beach.
So we took a little stroll onto the beach, wearing leather boots and combat boots in the sand. There were sailboats out by the water which was very pretty.
After about 15 minutes on the beach, we went back to the street to watch the parade some more. At one point I noticed that my camera case that had been clipped onto my purse, was gone. Someone must have unclipped it and stolen it. I was so upset. Katie Demiranda and I spent a solid 20 minutes retracing our footsteps to see if we could find it, but it was completely gone. Within a 5 minute span, it was gone. I noticed that it was still there 5 minutes before I noticed it was missing. I was so upset. There were memory cards in the case, that I now have to replace. Thank god that everything that was gone is replaceable at least.
Watching the parade got a little old after a while, and it was pretty cold out, so we went into a cafe to just pass some time. When it was finally 5:15, we made our way back toward the entrance of the parade to meet up with the group to catch our bus back to Florence.
There was tons of traffic on the way back, and it took about 2 hours to get back. When we got back to Florence, we walked to Ben’s apartment to go to the bathroom and got his two roommates Zach and Josh, and walked across the river to Gusta Pizza, some of the very best pizza in Florence. This was my first time going, but everyone has been raving about it so it was definitely time to try this pizza. There are only 6 options on the menu, and they only have pizza. And basically just like everything else in Italy, you can only pay in cash.
I got the GustaPizza. It is pizza with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and parmesan cheese. Delicioso!
Our two roommates, Amanda and Rachel got back from Interlaken late tonight and told me and Lane all about their trip. It sounded great, but freezing! It’s great because they told us everything we need to know before going.