What’s this? Clouds? Wind? I did not sign up for this. It even had the temerity to rain as I boarded the boat to Portofino. After a brief stop in Santa Margherita we pulled into the harbour at Portofino and fortunately the weather began to improve.

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Portofino is a beautiful little fishing village, with pastel coloured buildings surrounding the little harbour. It’s affluent too, judging by some of the larger yachts that were moored.  A lot of its money comes from tourism, it’s now a must-see place especially for cruises. I heard more American and German accents than Italian.

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However the lovely lady who served me champagne and nibbles at a wine bar overlooking the harbour did have an Italian accent, and it was an especially pleasant place to have lunch.

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The harbour is surrounded by restaurants and wine bars, while the streets of the village are populated by chic boutiques or souvenir shops. I climbed up the steps to the Catholic Church which gives great views of the harbour. Behind the church is a wonderful cemetery – not so wonderful for it’s residents I admit, but it does look very pretty.

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I came back down the hill, had a paddle in the water and then caught the 3pm boat back to Rapallo, via another stop in the harbour at Santa Margherita. Back in Rapallo I headed to the cable car terminus, which takes you around 600 metres up the hill to the Sanctuary of Montallegro at the top.

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The views back down to the gulf are obviously spectacular, and I especially enjoyed them from my seat in the restaurant just underneath the church while sipping an Aperol Spritz (my new favourite drink). The church itself is a few steps up from the pathway that leads up from the cable car terminus and the restaurant, and looks pretty imposing. Inside a piped sermon from an unseen priest was taking place to a pretty limited congregation.

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I caught the cable car back down the hill, headed back to my hotel for a brief siesta and then made my way into town for some aperitivo.

I could really get used to the aperitivo lifestyle. As a solo traveller I sometimes find myself a bit self conscious in a restaurant on my own surrounded by couples and families. But this way I can sit outside a bar having a drink and munching on bruschetta and other tasty treats. I may never eat dinner again.

A pleasant few hours getting my aperitivo on and then it was back to the hotel for a final beer on my balcony. Tomorrow morning I’m headed to Florence by way of Pisa.

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  1. Amazing post, i am looking to make some trips across eurpoe, mainly the big cities that are known like Zurich, Frankfurt, Berlin, amsterdam, copahagen, Os​l​o, stockhol​​m, Wrsaw,​ Rome, Venic​​​e etc​ etc. So this was a great post for me to come across​. So thank yoou for posting such great content.

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      1. you are welcome. And thank you for wishing me luck. Let’s just hope I am able to save the money from it soon after my training for my new job is over. 🙂

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