Genoa and the Gulf of Tigullio

From the Ligurian capital, “La Superba” Genoa, squeezed between the hill and the sea, we move towards the enchanting Ligurian Riviera del Levante and the Gulf of Tigullio, to discover small seaside villages such as Camogli, elegant places such as Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure, important places of the FAI, such as the famous abbey of San Fruttuoso. The postcard landscapes go well with the various culinary specialties, among which pesto, focaccia and fish stand out. A remarkable artistic, cultural and food and wine heritage to be discovered at any time of the year.

What will we do:

  • Arrival in Genoa, meeting with our guide and accommodation in your hotel.
  • We will visit for two days Genoa, its historic center and more
  • We will visit some of the most beautiful villages of the Gulf of Tigullio
  • We will visit Portofino Santa Margherita Ligure, Zoagli and Lavagna
  • Excursion to San Fruttuoso from Camogli
  • Return to Genoa

First day: Genoa

Meeting with the local guide and departure by private minibus to the city center, which was already defined by Petrarch in 1358 “La Superba”, for the royalty of its buildings and for the typicality of its hilly landscape. It starts with the guided tour of the Castello d’Albertis which offers a breathtaking view overlooking the port. The Castle was the home of Captain Enrico Alberto D’Albertis, who traveled by sea and land between ‘800 and ‘900. He brought here the charm of the distant worlds he visited that are well transmitted in the different styles of the villa, with exotic, neo-Gothic and Hispano-Moorish references, a unique construction of its kind. At the end, transfer hotel to the center of Genoa. Dinner in a typical restaurant, where you can taste the real Ligurian pesto, and overnight in the hotel.

Second day: Genova e dintorni.

Breakfast at the hotel and walking tour to the city center of Genoa, in the largest medieval center in Europe, full of the so-called “carrugi”, the narrow alleys that reveal anecdotes and curiosities and the beauty of this beautiful city. You will then visit the historic center and its most important monuments such as the cathedral of San Lorenzo and the Doge’s Palace. There will be time to enjoy the typical Genoese aperitif, the so-called donkey (very sweet wine, flavored with 16 herbs) at the typical bar between the caruggi. Free time for lunch.

In the afternoon we’ll reach the charming village of Boccadasse, a neighborhood just outside the city, an oasis of peace where many Genoese also go in moments of relaxation. In this picturesque and colorful place we will enjoy a fish dinner, before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Third day – Nervi / Sestri Levante / Lavagna

Third day. After breakfast we leave towards the Riviera di Levante to reach the town of Lavagna, an excellent starting point to explore this area of Liguria (50 km – about 50 minutes by road). The road you follow is the historic Via Aurelia, derived from an ancient consular road. Along the way we can stretch our legs on the sea promenade of Genova Nervi, about 2 km long.

we’ll reach the town of Recco, which does not offer much from a panoramic point of view, but is the most important food and wine stop in the area to taste the famous Focaccia di Recco, A PGI product, at a typical restaurant.

In the afternoon we continue towards Sestri Levante for a pleasant walk in the city of the two seas, so called because the historic center of the village overlooks two bays, the one “of the Fables” and the one “of silence”

Accommodation in a hotel in Lavagna, free dinner and overnight stay.

Fourth day Lavagna / Santa Margherita / Portofino / Zoagli / Lavagna

After breakfast we leave towards Santa Margherita Ligure, one of the small pearls of the Gulf of Tigullio (21 km – about 20 minutes by road).

Walk to the elegant resort with elegant mansions, trendy shops, and a beautiful promenade. At the end, a scheduled boat to Portofino and visit the famous seaside village, surrounded by the homonymous park. Free time for lunch.

In the afternoon we return to Lavagna with a stop in Zoagli for a guided tour of one of the most important artisan silks in Northern Italy. .

Fifth day – Lavagna / Camogli / San Fruttuoso / Camogli

From Lavagna you reach the town of San Rocco di Camogli from which a trekking excursion will begin to get to San Fruttuoso, following an itinerary completely immersed in the Mediterranean scrub, with incredible views and breathtaking views of the sea. In less than 3 hours of walking you arrive at San Fruttuoso, an ancient fishing village.

On arrival lunch at a typical restaurant and then guided tour of the village, famous for its Abbey dating back to the year one thousand, heritage of the FAI.  Do not miss the opportunity to take a dip in the crystal clear waters in the sea where the Christ of the Abyss is located.

In the afternoon we return to Camogli with about half an hour. of transfer by boat.

Sixth day Camogli / Genova

Breakfast at the hotel and walk through the seaside village that most likely owes its name to the expression “house of the wives” because here the fishermen’s wives waited for their husbands when they left for fishing.  Picturesque and colorful, Camogli is a town that leads immediately out of time. The guided tour of the Maritime Museum will show a small part of the heritage that the owners of Camogli owned in the period between the end of the 1700s and the early 1900s, all told through adventures and seafaring legends.

At the end of the visit you return to Genoa (30 km – about 30 minutes journey).

  • What is included
  • Hotel with breakfast
  • Taxes
  • The organization of visits.
  • Accompaniment throughout the period, guided tours and a tasting
  • Travel expenses
  • Insurance
  • 24-hour assistance throughout the tour
  • What is not included
  • Anything not explictly specified
  • Lunches and dinners if not explicitly included in the itinerary