There is something profoundly romantic about the sea in winter. Especially in the most characteristic places in Liguria, assaulted by mass tourism in summer. For those who love special things, here is an idea for an itinerary that from Genoa leads to the discovery of a few fascinating locations of the Riviera.
Liguria, with the sea that embraces it, is a land with a mild climate. Precisely in winter, on sunny days, it is possible to experience a marvelous atmosphere and emotions without the chaos and the summer tourism that often prevent a relaxed enjoyment of the territory. For those who want to explore this area, a good itinerary could start in Genoa, capital of the region, travelling along the coast to Recco, famous for its delicious “focaccia al formaggio” (cheese flat bread), Camogli and Portofino. If there is time for a day in Genoa, some experiences cannot be missed: a stroll along the “caruggi”, very narrow alleys, which form the most ancient part of the town, a walk along the Porto Antico (Old Harbour), a splendid zone overlooking the port, where the famous Aquarium is located – the biggest in Italy and the second in Europe after the Valencia Aquarium – and a walk along Via Garibaldi, where the palaces of the town can be admired. After having visited Genoa, the itinerary can continue towards Recco, where a gastronomical appointment with the “focaccia al formaggio”, known since the year 1189, cannot be missed. After having tasted the specialties of the territory, the next step, ideal for a romantic night, is Camogli, a poetic little town set between the sea and the shore overlooking Golfo Paradiso. It is a marine town, also called the “town of a thousand sailing vessels”, that maintains traces of its past in the charming little port, crowded by wooden “gozzi” and yachts, and in the sixteenth century dock, from which narrow streets paved with cobblestones branch off towards the houses clinging to the steep hill. There is a maritime museum, the”Gio Bono Ferrari” Museum, where many antique objects are kept, most of them donated by the inhabitants of Camogli between the 1700's and the 1900's: books, documents, nautical maps, antique navigation instruments, wooden models of sailing boats, arms, paintings of ships and many “ex voto”.
After having enjoyed the emotions of Camogli, you can carry on along the coast and visit Portofino, which, in the words of the poet Guy De Maupassant, “extends like a moon arc around a quiet basin”. A marine village like Camogli, Portofino, however, acquired over the years a more mundane character. Its houses face the small port, busy especially during the tourist season with luxurious yachts. Besides a stroll along the port, other points of interest are: the Park Museum, where sculptures of contemporary artists are shown, and the Brown Castle, with an unforgettable view of the Tigullio Gulf enjoyed from its terraces.
The Itineray: Genoa, Recco, Camogli, and Portofino
“...a little village, Portofino, extends as a moon arc around this calm basin”,
Guy De Maupassant in 1889.
The secrets of the flat bread from Recco
In the very old times the Recco population sought refuge inland to flee from the Saracens' raids. The story says that, thanks to the possibility of having access to oil, cheese and flour, they cooked a pasta stuffed with cheese on an “ardesia” stone, the gastronomic product known today as “Cheese focaccia” was “discovered”. Restaurants and local inns in Recco became famous over the years for this specialty and are frequented by many persons who like this unique and tasty dish.