The following was submitted on our message board from a reader in Italy. Thanks Tania!
Hello everybody! I live in Genova and my boyfriend has lived here more than four years, so we would like to give some advice on Liguria, to everybody who is planning to visit it.
Portofino and Beyond
More near to Genova, go to see Portofino (from Santa Margherita by bus or car, or from Camogli by boat). From there take a boat to San Fruttuoso where you can visit the famous ancient monastery, built right on a beach. For nature lovers, visit the Portofino natural park, it takes about one day.
The sea reserve that surrounds the Portofino Mount is a must for divers. From San Fruttuoso you can take the boat again and go to Camogli, where you can have a a nice walk on the seaside, enjoy some of the fine fish restaurants and look up some art galleries.
Going toward La Spezia, spend some time in Sestri Levante, La Baia del Silenzio, a pictoresque, quiet, charming waterfront. For disco lovers try the Discoteque “Piscine del Castello”, in an original setting on high cliffs.
Cinque Terre can be reached by train easily. Monterosso is the first village, with a beautiful beach. Cinque Terre is famous for the beautiful walks overlooking the deep blue sea, all together about two days walking time, from Monterosso all the way to Riomaggiore.
Don't miss the great food, especially seafood (my favourite is “spagetti con le vongole (shells)” and “trofie al pesto” (home-made pasta with basilicum and parmesan sauce) that you can eat in the villages. Try the local white wine called Cinque Terre.
Nearby Things to See
A classic walk is the so-called “via dell'amore”, the love way (Ah! those Italians) that connects Riomaggiore to Manarola. It takes about 20 minutes, but it's worth it. It is not required to bring a partner or a lover…
Also, see Lerici, near La Spezia, another charming bay with gorgeous overviews on the seaside. And you also can consider to spend a day in Genova, but that's another story…
Hope you'll find the suggestions useful. Have a nice trip!