Here, on the Ligurian coast, a traveler, tired from the art of Florence and packing his suitcases in Milan, finally is able to just relax: have a good swim in the sea, sail on a boat along the coast, climb the mountains and rocks. It is a very beautiful and environmentally pristine area of northern Italy - eagles soar in the sky, tuna splash in the waves, and if you turn off the highway onto a narrow winding road, you can meet a hare, a fox or a wild boar. The Maritime Alps and Ligurian Apennines enclose this strip of land from the vicissitudes of a Central European climate, so you can go here even when the rest of Italy suffers from unbearable heat (July-August) or dank cold (November-February). Ligurians consider November to be the most beautiful month: by the end of fall the sky is particularly blue and the mountains are dressed in ocher, carmine, honey, gold, and copper. The temperature of the air at this time reaches 20-22 degrees Celsius, and you can get suntan after a week. I also got a good time to visit Liguria - the end of April: it is already warm, but not hot, vines are flowering, filling the air with a pleasant aroma, the greenery is juicy and rich. The ship is in
during the whole day - from 8 am to 6 pm, so I decided to explore the city on my own, and after hearing a lot about the beauty of these places, I went on a tour around the surrounding areas of the Ligurian capital.
An ancient lighthouse is one of the city's main attractions.
In Genoa, you are offered several tours to choose from. I decided to take a tour to the village of Portofino, an unusually beautiful place on the coast.
The highway Genoa - Milan (to which from here is a little more than 61 miles or 100 kilometers) runs through a mountainous terrain. After a couple of dozen miles, we turn onto a side road and get down to the sea - in Santa Margherita Ligure, one of the oldest resort towns on the coast.
In an hour we'll go further from the local harbor - by boat to the village of Portofino, and now there is some time to explore the town.
We are on the streets of the town:
Here's the town's cathedral:
And a local dog:
Orange tangerine bunches grow just on the streets:
This is Santa Margherita - the patroness of the town:
Meanwhile, it's time to go further. We get on the boat and continue our journey.