The weather was beautiful; hot during the day(apparently unusually hot for this time of year).

We discovered the spot on the river at Equi Terme where local people paddle and bathe. This was an idyllic spot and we returned on a couple of occasions for a picnic lunch.

One day we took the train to the Cinque Terre; it was the easiest way to get there; we started the Cinque Terre trail but eventually, without even a sea breeze to cool us, we were defeated by the heat.

As a runner, I was pleased to see that a park run has been started in Lucca on a Saturday morning. Once again, we used the train to get to Lucca and enjoyed our run in the park.