Viareggio and a Stroll Along the Prom: Rogue Carver on the loose in Italy, Part 3

Rogue Carver on the Loose in Italy

Part 3, A Stroll Along the Prom in Viareggio

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Having settled into my comfortable lodgings at Da Pia Bed and Breakfast over in nearby Pietrasanta, and having explored the immediate vicinity on foot, the time came for me to rent a car and explore further afield, and so I hopped on a train and made the short journey over to the port of Viareggio in order to pick up a rental car.    However, my timing was such that the office was closed and would not reopen until three in the afternoon, which meant I found myself with a couple of hours to spend.  And so, with no particular plan in mind, I found myself drawn towards the harbor.


To my surprise however I soon discovered a canal running at a ninety degree angle to the beach, spanned by a tall bridge which I duly crossed, took a sharp right, and headed out towards a harbor packed to the gills with small to medium-sized craft of every description; old, new, mint and patched condition, but as I made my way towards the lighthouse located at the end of the pier, a whole other world immediately seeped into view: yachts… huge, ginormous, gargantuan yachts.

On further inspection it was clear that these multi-million dollar pleasure craft were moored here, in this distinctly working class port, purely on business. The Refit biz. And by the look of things it would seem to be a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Clearly this was a far more interesting world to examine and so, retracing my steps, I re-crossed the bridge and joined the throng. The strolling mass of people were not surprisingly comprised of locals, one hundred percent locals from what I could gather given the casual familiarity they exhibited towards their surroundings. No one was taking photographs, and no one was paying much attention to much, other than the occasional nod to a passerby. Others were deep in conversation with their strolling partners, others lost in quiet contemplation. It was very a quiet scene.

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Viareggio and a Stroll Along the Prom: Rogue Carver on the loose in Italy, Part 3

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