In search of Otzi
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I woke up to (trains) screeching and (cars) honking. Ah, yes, I'm in Italy. That bed was the most comfortable youth hostel bed I've ever slept in, and much better than most beds I've slept in! I slept well, though I'm not sure why I woke up so early. I showered and woke up Michele. We went down to a nice breakfast where we discovered how delicious spreadable cheese is on rolls. Mmmmm. After breakfast we had a decision to make: what to do? The original plan was to take a bus to Castelroto and look at the scenery and come back. But after so many problems yesterday, we didn't really feel like sitting on a bus for 2 hours. We figured we'd probably get some nice views on the train when we left. So that freed up a few hours in the morning.
We set off, following the directions of the guidebook. It said walk about 5 blocks. Well, we didn't see anything, so we kept going. A little farther, we noticed a chair lift going up the hill, but it was on the other side of a busy street. Its definitely more than 5 blocks, but this town does have three of them. We couldn't figure out how to get over there, so we just turned around and headed back. On the way back, we saw "Seilbahn" crossing signs (the chair lift), but couldn't find it anywhere. We saw some cables, so we found our way to them, but they ended in the middle of someone's yard. What's going on? We continued heading back to the hostel and passed a large wall mural about the Seilbahn and how it is undergoing construction and was not open at the time.
On the way back, we stopped in at the youth hostel and asked about the Seilbahns. Yes indeed that one was closed and the other two were actually out of town. Maybe we should have asked before we left. This was the first time I had been let down by Rick Steves. We walked to the train station and out to Walthers Piazza before deciding that we wanted to find the museum that the mummy of Otzi was in! So we got our bearings and took off. Well, apparently we were still jet lagged because when we got to the museum's location, there was no museum in sight. We analyzed the street signs and searched our map - oh there we are...way down there...how'd we get here? Did we forget how to read a map? I guess so because we went south instead of north.
We got one (essential) audioguide and hit the museum. Since we really came to see Otzi, we skipped ahead to that floor. Following the map on the brochure, we went straight to Otzi's mummy. Wait, where is it? Did we read the map wrong again? Clearly I left my head at home today. But we did see all his artifacts - clothing, footwear, spears, birchbark containers, etc.
We didn't have much time before our train left, so we went back down to the first floor exhibit and looked at some stone age stuff, using the audioguide.
The train ride from Bolzano to Florence was amazing. We went through the Dolomites and passed mountains, rivers, rocks, hills, just beautiful! And to think our train ride here probably would have been better.
Its a good thing our next train was late, because our arriving train was late, but we made the transfer and were on our way to Riomaggiore. The train from Florence to Pistoia was packed. It must have been rush hour there. We didn't get a great sunset, but saw a little orange in the sky. We arrived in Riomaggiore a little after 8 pm and went to find our room.