02 Oct 3 Days in Camogli
Sunday 22 September to Wednesday 25
On Sunday 22nd of September Christine and John travelled by train from Padua to Milan, where we went in different directions. Christine caught a train to Milan airport and then flew back to Newcastle where she attended the funeral of her brother Paul who had just died. Because of a strike in Milan trains to the airport not operating and she had to catch a bus. The trip to the airport and the queues at check-in were quite a challenge, but fortunately Christine had plenty of time to get there in the afternoon for the late evening departure. She would stay in Australia for one week and then fly back to Rome and then by train to meet John at Chiusi station before heading to our apartment in Tuscany.
Meanwhile John caught trains to Camogli, a coastal town south of Genoa.
Camogli was quite charming town where the number of tourists was reasonable. Unfortunately the AirBnB apartment was not too good. Incredibly narrow and steep stairs led to the third floor apartment, and this was a real challenge with some heavy luggage. The apartment itself was small and cramped and not well equipped, not even a bottle opener or corkscrew provided, a major deficiency for an Italian apartment. Not one of his finest picks!
On Monday the 23rd of September after a slow start John travelled in a ferry to San Fruttuoso, where there is an old Abbey accessible only by sea or walking path. From here John walked on a very beautiful trail to Portofino which is a very touristy place. After looking around, taking a few photos and having a bread roll and a bottle of beer he caught a bus to San Margherita and then a train back to Camogli. A very enjoyable day trip.
The next day, Tuesday, John travelled by train to the famous Cinque Terre. The only remarkable memory John has of this day was the absolutely impossible crowds on the trains linking the towns and in the towns themselves. He was put off fighting between the towns by this crush of humanity.
Of course one has to pay to actually walk between the towns and and he doubted the paid scenery would have been any better than what he experienced at no cost and no crowds on the previous day. So his firm advice for anybody wanting to see this area of the Italian Riviera or Liguria is to avoid the Cinque Terre and like him stay elsewhere on the coast and walk the plentiful coastal trails that are far less crowded and are free of tolls.
Since then he’s met other tourists who agree it’s best to stay well clear of the Cinque Terre and instead explore equally beautiful but far more tranquil areas.