Coming from Genoa on the Gulf of Tigullio starts off showing off her most chic places, from the kind of private individuals who became the former fishing village of Portofino, “discovered” in the nineteenth century by Maupassant.
Point to the exclusive shops and hotels to 5 star luxury yachts that enter the square in the scenic harbor, crowded, since the 50′s, from Hollywood stars, artists and captains of industry. Curtain are the typical Ligurian houses tall, pink and yellow.
The best idea to avoid the long queues on the only road access is from the nearby Paraggi and walk the scenic route, which goes to Portofino. Also you can then walk forward in the green Regional Natural Park of Portofino, which occupies the whole promontory, along the well-marked paths. Another possibility is to arrive by sea, not having a three trees, you can always rent a fishing boat more accessible, the craft of traditional fishermen. Around the mountain there is in fact the Natural Marine Reserve, which protects one of the finest high Tyrrhenian seabed. With a little ‘luck, here you can see the whales and dolphins is not uncommon to meet some inland sea.
Along the Gulf, the first stop is the delightful Paraggi, with the edge of the sandy bay of blue water that reflects the pines. What has become inflated, and the luxurious’ beach of Portofino “was once a group of homes of fishermen and millers, who exploited the abundance of water as a labor force for dozens of mills that served the entire area, some still visited along the Via dei Mulini. But it is worth a visit the ancient abbey of Mont St. Jerome, known as the Cervara, recently restored.
Continuing along the coastal road we reach the only soon to Santa Margherita, another “classic” always on the crest of the wave, with its villas and grand hotels. Social life and celebrations here are gathered around the harbor, in addition to accommodate pleasure boats, also maintains a tradition of fishing (the delicious prawns from the head of Santa Margherita purple). To taste the legendary ice panera, delight in Genoa, you can turn to the excellent Gelateria Simonetti, one of the addresses of the Gulf where to buy local delicacies: first of all the cake, here is another thing that the rest of the world, but also the daisies sweet pastry, the rich pan fishermen and smiles, chocolate rum in Chiavari.