Arriving in Genoa at 7am. I was surprised how nimble the cruise ship can be manoeuvring into the narrow harbour for docking.
The old city of Genoa is on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) and the city is an important seaport in northern Italy. Unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to explore the city.
Our excursion took us to Santa Margherita Ligure. Santa Margherita is on the Italian Riviera in Liguria.
We had a short time to explore the city, we hiked up the hill to Chiesa di San Giacomo.
The unique church interior with many chandeliers.
The main square on market day with many local vendors.
Taking a ferry, we followed the coastline and arrived at Portofino, the beautiful playground for the rich and famous.
The town originated as a fishing village, no new houses have been built since 1935.
A relaxing stroll from the harbour to the yellow San Giorgio church overlooking the semi-circular harbour. The beautiful harbour is dotted with little wooden fishing boats to multi-million dollar yachts.
I wish I had more time to continue exploring the paths surrounding the town but after about 1hr in the town we boarded the ferry again to go back to Genoa.
Back on board the Mariner of the Seas, a beautiful sunset as we head off to the next port.
Must be a little frustrating to be so rushed, the narrow alleys, colourful buildings (and cats!) make it seem like a wonderful place to explore.