Genova or Genoa

Since Gourmet Getaways' group was staying on the Italian Riviera and Genoa was only a little more than one hour away form our hotel (more on that later), I knew we had to go to Genoa to see what it was all about.  Much to my surprise we all fell in love with it.

It is the sixth largest city in Italy and it is overshadowed by Rome, Florence Milan and Venice.

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Our guide met us at Piazza de Ferrari and off we went to experience the ancient narrow streets, the many piazzas both large and small, a historic café for a cappuccino break, a pesto cooking class demonstration and tasting.

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The narrow streets were full of fresh produce, fish and ancient stores which is still very active today.

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Remember it is one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage cities.  The city is abundant with Renaissance architecture.  We strolled on Via Garibaldi and marveled at the structural design of these ancient palazzos, some of which are now banks.

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Since I am a chocoholic I wanted to taste and purchase excellent chocolate and I did!  There is an excellent chocolate shop called:  P.Romanengo fu Stefano located on Via Roma 51.  It is one of the oldest confectioners in Genova.  It all began in 1780.  It uses only the best ingredients.  If you are in the area it is well worth a visit to this beautiful and delicious confectioner shop!

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I would definitely go back to this city as it is too large to explore it in its entirety in one day.

My Favorite Little Village on the Italian Riviera

One of our day trips during our stay on the Italian Riviera was to a small fishing village called Camoglia.  As we strolled down to the village we were fascinated by the views and marveled at how crystal clear the water was.

During the Middle Ages this town was a prominent seaport. Now it thrives on tourism and is a great getaway for many Italians in this part of Italy.

 

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The name Camogli refers to the wives (mogli) of the fishermen who watched over the town while their fishermen husbands were away at sea. The population now consists of about 6,000 people and is known for its colorful houses that line the beach.

  As we strolled along the walkway it was dotted with boutique shops and small restaurants. While visiting this little town it was imperative to stop and taste some of the focaccia which is abundant in this part of Italy.  It was beyond wonderful.  The focaccia was thin and the dough was light. It is brushed with olive oil before baked and topped with herbs, cheeses and other vegetables.

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 As we strolled along the walkway it was dotted with boutique shops and small restaurants. While visiting this little town it was imperative to stop and taste some of the focaccia which is abundant in this part of Italy.  It was beyond wonderful.  The focaccia was thin and the dough was light. It is brushed with olive oil before baked and topped with herbs, cheeses and other vegetables.

 Focaccia with mushrooms and potatoes topped with a green sauce.   

Focaccia with mushrooms and potatoes topped with a green sauce.

 

 Cheese stuffed focaccia.

Cheese stuffed focaccia.

Would I recommend my travelers to visit this village?  Definitely YES!

Would I visit here again?  Definitely yes!

Best Little Gift Shop(s) in Tremezzo

    There is never enough shopping  when I am in Italy.    So having been to Tremezzo before, I realized that most of my shopping had to be done in Bellagio.  While staying at the best hotel in Tremezzo, Grand Hotel Tremezzo, I strolled down the main hallway of the hotel and enjoyed window shopping in the display cases, several of them by the way.    I asked the manager about a particular item and she told me how and where to purchase it.  The one morning we had to get to the Tremezzo ferry stop I spotted this unique store from across the street.        What a gem it is!         Fleur de Lis   is a unique little store.    It is located on Via Portici Sampietro 4. If you need to shop for those last minute gifts you will definitely find it here.    It is stuffed with the finest gifts.    This store is owned and operated by two sisters:    Sabrina and Silvia Morganti. Sabrina is the local artist and many of her items are for sale in this gift shop.    You can purchase handbags made of silk, silk ties and scarves and maybe you will find some designed and painted by Sebrina, Murano glass jewelry,    venetian masks and so much more.      Go and see for yourself!    You will not be disappointed. My group of ladies picked this place clean.      

 

There is never enough shopping  when I am in Italy.  So having been to Tremezzo before, I realized that most of my shopping had to be done in Bellagio.

While staying at the best hotel in Tremezzo, Grand Hotel Tremezzo, I strolled down the main hallway of the hotel and enjoyed window shopping in the display cases, several of them by the way.  I asked the manager about a particular item and she told me how and where to purchase it.

The one morning we had to get to the Tremezzo ferry stop I spotted this unique store from across the street.    What a gem it is!

 Fleur de Lis is a unique little store.  It is located on Via Portici Sampietro 4. If you need to shop for those last minute gifts you will definitely find it here.  It is stuffed with the finest gifts.  This store is owned and operated by two sisters:  Sabrina and Silvia Morganti. Sabrina is the local artist and many of her items are for sale in this gift shop.  You can purchase handbags made of silk, silk ties and scarves and maybe you will find some designed and painted by Sebrina, Murano glass jewelry,  venetian masks and so much more. 

Go and see for yourself!  You will not be disappointed. My group of ladies picked this place clean.

 

 

    Don’t forget to    go next door to   L’Uva Golosa      as this store is stocked with a wonderful selection of premium wines, grappas, olive oils, salts and much more for your culinary friend back home!

 

Don’t forget to  go next door to L’Uva Golosa  as this store is stocked with a wonderful selection of premium wines, grappas, olive oils, salts and much more for your culinary friend back home!