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Stuart Mathieson, Lübeck, Germany

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Daytripping in Liguria


Come holiday season, weekends or any moment they don't fancy working, the Milanese tend to flee their city like rats on the Titanic.  If they're not sunning themselves by Alpine lakes then generally you can find an abundance of Gucci & Prada handbags being transported over the regional border into neighbouring Liguria.

Shopping for oranges in Rapallo
The big draw isn't however the pasta perfect pesto being produced in Genoa, but of course another quintessential ingredient of Italian life, the seaside.  Banana shaped Liguria is nothing but stunning mountain-backed coastline and despite the proximity of it's southern Tuscan neighbour, tourism is a largely Italian affair here (excluding the Cinque Terre...).

Small towns nestling along the coastline south of Genoa offer a perfect opportunity to catch some early summer sunshine, try out fresh pesto and maybe bag a few freebies along the way...

However, if you're reading this and you work for the Ligurian regional government then of course I didn't take pocketfuls of your oranges, they didn't taste delicious and that's definitely not me in the photo...

San Margherita before the Milanese arrive for the summer...

1 comment:

Hans Kortlevers said...

Wohhh... Picking oranges right from the tree. Makes me want to go someplace. Any place. Liguria, here I come!

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