A VACATION IN YOUR BOUTIQUE HOTEL: ITINERARIES AND EXCURSIONS
here are many beautiful walks and day trips that can be done starting from Villa Rosmarino, boutique hotel in Camogli, Mount Portofino. During the day you can visit the Riviera di Levante and discover picturesque villages such as Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, the Cinque Terre and Portovenere, as well as walk in the natural parks of Monte di Portofino and the Cinque Terre but also you can reach as far as Tuscany, to discover the cities of Lucca and Pisa or head to the Langhe region in Piedmont, around the vineyards to visit the cellars and taste extraordinary wines. And of course, a visit to the marvelous palaces, squares and small streets of the historic center of Genoa, with its thousand historical shops rich in tradition, remains a must.
San Fruttoso di Camogli
We are in the heart of the Portofino Park, in a splendid bay, with a small white pebble beach, surmounted by a millenary Abbey and surrounded by thick Mediterranean bush.
The sea water is crystal clear and of such an intense turquoise that it does not seem real.
This is the right place for snorkeling in the stretch immediately adjacent to the bay, to discover the submerged statue of the Christ of the Abyss, surrounded by beautiful fish.
We can reserve a sunbed for you to sunbathe, or book a restaurant on the beach for lunch, or in the evening we can organize a romantic boat transfer with dinner in the enchanting bay, in an exclusive location.
San Fruttuoso can also be reached by ferry from Camogli or, with an excursion on foot also from Camogli: a long walk through the paths on the side of the mountain, well marked and very popular, with breathtaking views.
Santa Margherita Ligure
Santa Margherita Ligure is a typical village on the sea, gathered around a marina frequented by lovers of sailing and in general of the sea.
The characteristic streets of the old town with typical painted facades are full of shopping delights, elegant cafes and restaurants.
It is also the mandatory place of departure and passage for those who want to visit Portofino.
Another must is a visit to Villa Durazzo-Centurione, two villas and a large 17th-century park in which an interesting Italian garden can be found. And again the Castle of Santa Margherita Ligure on the promenade (1550) and the ancient Abbey of Cervara, monastic complex of 1361 overlooking the sea with beautiful italian garden, now privately owned.
In the direction of Portofino, you will find the bay of Paraggi, with a beautiful equipped beach and its crystal clear waters.
One of the most sought-after destinations and famous all over the world, Portofino is synonymous with elegance and dolce vita. A precious treasure of Liguria, made of colorued houses, exclusive shops and restaurants with fish specialties overlooking the beautiful square and the marina.
From the Church of San Giorgio you can enjoy a panoramic view of the village and the promontory. If you then feel like it, from here, continuing the walk, you can reach first the Brown Castle and then the Punta di Capo Lighthouse.
The best way to reach Portofino is to get to Santa Margherita Ligure and then take the bus or boat, or to get there on foot with a beautiful walk right by the the sea: about 4 kilometers in which bathing establishments alternate, wonderful views, luxurious villas, free beaches and stretches of turquoise water.
Zoagli’s sea walk is gorgeous. It is called The Canevaro Promenade and it is an enchanting path between rocks and coves in which the adjective “romantic” is almost reductive. The ideal place to walk, relax regenerate in a wonderful place overlooking the sea. And here too we can book you a table among the rocks of a cove, to taste good fish, and immerse yourself in a dream territory. In Zoagli, the art of velvet and silk weaving has been practiced since the 1500s. Even today it is possible to visit the laboratories and buy the famous artifacts, woven on original vintage frames.
About 30 km from Camogli, we find Sestri Levante, one of the most photographed villages on the riviera, also called “the city of the two seas”, because the historic center stands on an islet connected to the mainland by a strip of land that overlooks two bays: the “Bay of Fairy Tales” and the “Bay of Silence”, the latter enchanting and romantic. The caruggi, the small streets of the historic center, are colourful, full of shops and beautiful shops, and are the ideal place for a day visit. And from here you can leave for a trek to Punta Manara: a beautiful walk, which starts from the city center and arrives at the top of the Punta, where an unforgettable view opens up.
Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Five villages overlooking the sea, famous in the world, perfectly set on the Ligurian heights, closed in on themselves, in a wild and spectacular environment. The best way to get to and visit Cinque Terre is absolutely the train.
After reaching one, you can think of walking the famous trekking trails that connect them or continue the visit with the boat, more scenic than the train, but which requires more time.
A jewel of the Gulf of Poets. An unforgettable place, with its alleys, the Doria Castle, the Church of San Lorenzo and the Church of San Pietro, with the three-arched loggia overlooking the immensity of the sea. Another beautiful place, the classic “palazzata a mare” made of colorful houses overlooking the water of the Aldo Moro Promenade. And again, the Byron’s Cove and the island of Palmaria, a small earthly paradise of 2 square kilometers, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is a small hamlet of Lerici, in the province of La Spezia, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It is beautifully perched on a cliff and is formed by many narrow and intertwined streets, where beautiful fishermen’s houses with many colors overlook.
In just half an hour from Villa Rosmarino you can reach Genoa, the city of the magnificent Noble Palaces of the Rolli, the great port, the historic shops and the great beauty of its immense historic center, with its characteristic “caruggi” and its thousand squares, “creuze” and enchanting views. Genoa is second only to Venice in Europe in terms of the size of the historic center, and the city was declared a World Heritage Site in 2006, a prestigious recognition wanted by UNESCO.
Together with Florence and Siena it is the best known city in Tuscany.
Lucca is only an hour and a half from the Villa. It is known for its Renaissance city walls surrounding the old town and cobbled streets with small shops and taverns, and for its more than a hundred historic churches.
The wide tree-lined walks atop its 16th and 17th-century ramparts can be visited both on foot and by bike. And you can also visit the birthplace of the great composer Giacomo Puccini, now a museum.
Another possible trip from Villa Rosmarino, about an hour’s drive, is the one towards Pisa, the city famous for its leaning tower, 56 m high which is nothing more than the bell tower of the wonderful Romanesque marble cathedral that stands next door, in Piazza dei Miracoli.
In the same square it is then possible to visit the monumental Camposanto and the Baptistry, which with the historic center of the city, crossed by the Arno that goes to throw itself into the sea, make Pisa a jewel of Italian historical architecture.