Florence seems to be the closest city on the list, but it is more than a hop, skip, and a jump away from where I live; Fosdinovo. While I enjoy the company of Italians, it might be really good for me to meet others a bit more like me (culturally), or perhaps a bit different than Italians. I'm an American and have lived in Italy almost 3 years. Still don't speak the language, although I can get by. Hopefully someone is nearby and would like to stroll through Sarzana and get an espresso, or prosecco.