Posts tagged liguria

Travelling by train is one of the best ways to get around Italy. It doesn't involve sitting on an orange plastic seat, or waiting next to 'fermata' sign with no shelter for twenty minutes. It doesn't require a stomach of steel and a hefty insurance fee. It's a relative inexpensive, relatively regular service, which usually passes through some rather beautiful towns, villages and countryside. 

That doesn't mean it's easy though.  For the unsuspecting tourist, it can prove a rather traumatic experience. Following my haphazard introduction to the Italian train network,  I've written some top tips for all you novices out there. 

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A Budget Guide to Portofino

Portofino is the jewel of the Italian Riviera. The town has long since abandoned all pretences of being a fishing village and affluent tourists have flocked to its picture perfect shores since the mid 1800s. Synonymous with style and infinite glamour, it’s where Richard Burton first proposed to Elizabeth Taylor. Today, it’s a hot spot for the wealthy and glamorous; the town is dominated by luxury boutiques, high-end hotels and well heeled yachtsman. 

Whilst it might reek of refined luxury, it is still possible for those on even a shoe-string budget to enjoy the sights. Here’s my guide on how: 

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Things you need to see and do in Chiavari

You might not have heard of this Medieval Ligurian City. Perched between the promontory of Portofino and Mongelia, in the heart of the Gulf of Tigullio, this busy town is regularly skipped from guide books and hasn't really made a dent on Instagram.

It’s not as pretty as neighboring fishing villages like Camogli, it doesn't have enough galleries and museums to warrant a day trip for most tour groups and, (to date) it is one of the least aesthetically pleasing beaches I have ever seen. Great swathes of grey gravel in front of a busy road does not a dream seaside resort make. 

Yet, there’s something very charming and quintessentially Italian about this underrated town. 

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Camogli: the prettiest place on the Italian Riviera

Camogli is astonishingly charming. It is almost as if the entire town was constructed under the watchful eye of a small Italian woman roaring ‘paint all the houses in varying shades of pastel, make sure every building has a sea view and dear god make sure it has a robust culinary culture!’ Glorious grey pebble beaches, sea-front osteria and pizzeria, artisan shops and sunset aperativos - it’s the perfect Italian seaside destination and the best place to base yourself for a trip to the Italian Riviera.

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