There was a slight chill in the air as we left Milan to catch the train to Rapallo, one of the bigger towns on the Ligurian coast.
Abbazia di San Fruttuoso.
FAI (the Italian equivalent of the Historic Houses Society). Now it houses a museum which documents the natural disasters that the buildings have endured and the subsequent efforts, by various groups, to restore and maintain this unique monastery.
After our visit we enjoyed a relaxing picnic with a beautiful view over the small beach in front of the Abbey. Then it was back on the ferry for our next stop, Portofino.
Walking from Portofino to Santa Margherita, a small truck overflowing with baskets of white flowers passed us. Then just round the next bend was the local church, beautifully decorated, as were the guests who were starting to arrive for a wedding. Perhaps a famous somebody?
Even on a rather grey, overcast day, the coastline was beautiful.
After only an hour's walk we arrived in Santa Margherita with plenty of time before we caught the ferry back to Rapallo.
Our final stop on the ferry saw us sailing past some incredible yachts.
For only the cost of a ferry ticket, we enjoyed a glimpse of the one of the playgrounds of the rich and famous. A little slice of the Italian coast where the beautiful views are free, in all directions.
Ci vediamo prossima settimana!
In Rapallo we'd recommend:
Where we stayed: Home sweet home AirBnB 150E (2nights). A basic, but comfortable apartment very close to the centre of Rapallo.
Where we ate: We had a great lunch at La Goletta. Sensational pesto spaghetti! 2 courses, wine, water and coffee 12E per person.
The round trip ferry ticket was 16E. You can get on and off as you wish.