Europe Travel

Europe Travel: Italian Riviera – Portofino, San Fruttuoso, Camogli

April 7, 2015

I still can’t believe that in this stage of life, we are able to hop on a train to Portofino for a quick day trip. This beautiful piece of the world is only 2 hours away by train! On Monday morning, we woke up early and left Milan towards Santa Margherita Ligure train station. We arrived at 10:00 and took a 20 minute, crowded, bumpy bus ride down to Portofino. It was gorgeous and so tiny! We walked along those colorful buildings in about five minutes. We ate pizza next to the water, bought some water bottles and started our hike UP the mountain. Oh my goodness, it was such an uphill climb for the first mile. We stopped every few minutes to admire the view. The water was so blue and sparkly in the sunshine. Our hike from Portofino to San Fruttuoso was about two hours. We really love hiking and this was an incredible experience. San Fruttuoso is a tiny village with a huge, gorgeous monastery that was built in the mid-tenth century by Greek monks. Now, it has been converted into a museum with a very popular beach and restaurants. Later in the afternoon, we took a ferry over to gorgeous Camogli. We enjoyed the beach, we ate delicious focaccia, and soaked up the sunshine. Everything about the day was perfect until our train ride home which was 30 minutes delayed and insanely crowded. No seats for us. I think all of Italy decided to go back to Milan on Monday evening. 🙂 

We took a snack break in the shade and this was our view. Gorgeous!

San Fruttuoso beach… we weren’t the only ones with this idea! This is only accessed by boat or by foot.. no cars here.

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