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We left the hotel at about 08:30 am and made our way to the Rialto Alilugano landing stage. The boat arrived on time and weset off....once again in a sea mist but not as severe as yesterday! Within an hour we were at the airport and soon in our car and on our way west to Savignone. We travel mostly on the autostrada so no photos until we are close to ...
Carbon copy repeat of a previous experience trying to sail into Portofino - rough seas meant it was too dangerous to tender ashore, so instead we docked in Genoa.
Having explored the city on that last visit, we chose to still take a shore excursion to visit the picturesque towns of Sestri Levante & Rapallo
Next stop Santa Margharita and Portofino. This is the real Italian riviera where the rich folk have holiday homes or sail to for a summer holiday. Of course, the prices match the crowd. The plan was to walk to Portofino to Santa Margharita. It was another beautiful day if a little warm in the midday sun and the waters are so beautiful - shades of green and blue. It looks inviting but apparently the sea is still a little cold. They are very fond of ...
... in, unpacked, beautiful hotel and views of the lake here. Took a boat ride to have Dinner with the group on an island on the lake called Isola Pescatorie, very nice set menu. Back at the hotel had Black Russian drinks, not good the next ...
... back with proud salt of the earth, stoic faces. They certainly couldn't have picked a better place to put their soul to rest.
I've already gone on longer than normal in this post but still haven't covered what I wanted to say about how much I absolutely loved Portafino. It has been my absolute highlight of the trip so far. Just the sheer natural beauty of the place made me feel very content. I must have spent three hours just wandering ...