So old! Amazing!
When in San Fruttuso, a 1,5 hour trail can take you to Portofino. Sorry I did not experienced it by myself, but considering I have seen kids and old people, it must be quite easy. Do not forget hiking boots, an hat and your pic-nic. Rather than eating againg in a San Fruttuoso's restaurant, I'll starve!more
The abbey worths surely a visit; it takes no more than an hour and, besides what you can see inside, offers you amazing view for taking pictures. Founded probably in the 13° century, it is said that San Fruttuoso has been buried there. It is not certain, while it is certain that the members of the Family Doria, which owned the abbey for centuries,...more
This is a bit confusing. There is Portofino Vetta and Portofino Mare. There are many other places you can walk to too - like Ruta - which I would like to see another time.The walk is supposed to take one and a half hours. It took us about three. But we are not fit and are getting rather old. We were passed by a few people who were motoring along...more
And then you are in Santa Margharita Ligure and back on the rail system - the bus drops you right at the station - and you can go wherever you like.Do validate your ticket before you get on the train - we had a guard checking tickets on our journey - but we were legal. So cool.S. Margharita reminded me of Rapallo. Quite large, obviously designed...more
It would be hard to miss it. Buy your ticket at the blue machine (1 euro) or at the newstand opposite. The bus is orange - number 82.I was told the ride on the corniche around to Santa Margharita was rather beautiful and terrifying. Well it was certainly narrow - the driver honked like a maniac at each curve - but it isn't very high up at all....more
But then Italy is chokka with sweetly pretty towns. We arrived about 3 and the sun had gone off it - so it was rather cool and had a lowering effect on us. In spite of the numerous Gucci, Pucci etc shops.A quick coffee and pizza and one of the few cafes that were open - they didn't charge like wounded bulls so we were happy - though at that stage...more
- we would reach the top of the hill and see Portofino spread out like a precious jewel below us. This didn't actually happen. You don't get great views of Portofino. The last stretch is the most lethel in my opinion. So steep - the descent hurt my knees worse than the going up hurt my lungs.One of the signs that gives you hope (that is maybe why...more
- don't want to bring the husband out in hives. And there was a very sick cat yowling on the beach. Upsetting.But - noticed a WC - sometimes that is all you want to see - and a large restaurant to the left - closed - and a small cafe (that also rented deckchairs, umbrellas etc) to the right that was open.To start the Portofino walk - head up...more
Our friends wanted to walk from Camogli - up over the hills - to San Fruttuoso - and then from SF over the hills to Portofino.We were more judicious and reckoned we would catch the boat from Camogli to SF and just do the second walk.In hindsight this was wise.The boat trip was stunning. It cost 13 euro for the two of us - a charming old sea faring...more
A touristy restaurant which has the only advantage to be in San Fruttuoso! The quality is medium but the prices are really too high for what you get. Some example:
Coperto 3,50 euro (normally 2 or 2,50)
Trofie al pesto 12 euro (usually between 8 to 15 euro)
Spaghetti ai frutti di mare 20 euro (more or less 15-18 euro normally)
Pinched wine, as well as purified water, were very expensive too.
On the other hand, we got three times of "free" focaccia (fully repaied by the astronomic price of "coperto") and the service was really very kind.
My tip: make a pic-nic in the smallest beaches' pic-nic area
this concert was the best one (do you think I'm partial if I say I know the whole staff and the musicians? ;-)...) among the concerts organized at the abbey by the FAI (Fondo per l'Ambiente Italiano - Fund for the Italian Environment) during the season July-August 2002...
but check in their internet site, I'm sure they are going on organizing entertainment, this was the 10th season...
if you miss the last line ferry, a gozzo is really charming...and sorry to ruin the romanticism saying that a trip to Camogli costs about 40 euros but (still trying to ruin its charm) you can divide the price for the number of people it can carry...anyway nothing can ruin the spell of a sunset while rocked on this boat, if not the jokes of my 7...more
a silly warning about Italian mobile phones companies: at San Fruttuoso Omnitel has no line while Tim has...