Friends have told me the waves crash most spectacularly over parts of the path when the sea is wild - but you get the thrill of wild nature and are perfectly safe at the same time because of the rail and the smooth well-maintained path.
When we stopped at a cafe - maybe it was in Quinto, maybe it was in Nervi, we saw some old photos of women in long frocks and big hats taking a stroll along this promenade - it's been here for a while. And popular for a while.
But - I wonder who Anita Garibaldi was.
Update - Manara tells me Anita was the first wife of Garibaldi and rather notable in her own right.
- maybe it is in Nervi - it would have to be right on the cusp - but it is one of three underneath Hotel Miramare. A real old time place. The ghosts walk. I nearly stopped at the first - which was mostly a gelateria, but the weather was so bad. Then I noticed this one which is mostly a creperie, and on its board it had patate fritte. (Chips!) I was craving chips. And they were excellent chips. With tomato sauce, mayonnaise and your own container of sea salt. 4 euro. (I did think 2-50 euro for a glass of water was a bit steep but it is the off season and hard to scratch a living.) The patron and the waitress and the husband and I had a big old chat about where we came from - Australia! - and where my nonna came from - Livorno! - and where the patron had been for his holidays - Ireland!
A very jolly time was had by all in spite of the fact they had ten words of English and we had eight words of Italian.
BTW Miramare means to look at the sea.
- I do. But the villa we are staying in specialises in Ligurian cuisine. So it is heavy on the pesto and the pasta (basta la pasta) and the shellfish and the octopus. (I like pesto but I don't like shellfish. I hate octopus.) We never have lasagne because that comes from Bologna. Eggs seem to be a bit of a no no too. (I love eggs for breakfast.) I was feeling a bit pinched and peaky so I murdered this plate of chips. I hoovered them up!
They were everything a chip should be. Crisp, hot, light and fresh. Yummo!