Category: Santa Margherita


The second day we decided to spend the morning getting tanned, and around noon, we took the car and went to Portofino…

Portofino is a small Italian fishing village located in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. This small harbor is considered to be among the most beautiful Mediterranean ports.
It is simply a beautiful place, where the piazza is surrounded by restaurants one more delicious than the other one… and by shops that would make via Montenapoleone blush.

Off course I had to taste all the restaurants… so no need to say my diet stayed in the cold Geneva…
But beside the restaurants, I had to go and get some of the best Cheese Focaccia of the world at Canale. It is an old family bakery at the entrance of town where locals and tourists line up for the fresh-baked Ligurian foccacia… no need to say if you had a liquid night, it is the best cure… it simply hits the right spot. And if you didn’t have a rough night, it still makes you want to have more!!! I literally was dreaming about it since last year…

That day after our focaccia orgy, we decided to walk around and do some shopping, and off course I have adopted three more pair of shoes… well you know me, some people collect matches from restaurants, I collect shoes from cities, so they all have a story to tell ;)

That night we decided to try the restaurant of the Hotel Splendido… it has two locations; one positioned on a verdant hillside overlooking the picture-perfect harbor of Portofino, “Hotel Splendido” is one of Italy’s most glamorous retreats…and if you need a translation, it is a very very expensive hotel…
And the sister, “Hotel Splendido Mare” stands beside the renowned piazzetta, less expensive but looks like a renovated motel.

We had dinner at the one in the piazzetta, although it looks like the cheaper one, believe me the prices were quite high, for a food less than impressive. Let’s say I have never had such an expensive sea food salad and coffee… But again, as it is Italy, they did it with a great smile, so didn’t feel the pain that much…

My second day in Liguria Paradise was just great… and believe me the third day is even better…

Last year when I went to the Liguria Riviera, I have started by Rapallo, Santa Margherita, and Portofino…. And to my taste didn’t enjoy it enough…

So when I had few days off decided to take the first plane and enjoy a little more the Mediterranean sun before summer is over.
As there are no direct flights to Pisa or Genova from Geneva, I flew in to Firenze again, and rented a car. After 200 km, I was at Grand Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita. It is making part of the group Leading Hotels of the World, and let me tell you they deserve it. This hotel was one of the first grand hotels in the area, and hosted celebrities such as Laurence Olivier and Vivian Leigh, who changed my life after “Gone with the Wind” as I wanted to be Scarlett O’Hara ;) ))

I had a great price for a room on the sea side with a balcony with the view of all Santa Margherita… you don’t believe me? then check this out!!!!

By the time we arrived to the hotel and checked in, it was already 10pm… so we thought no need to book a table, and took a stroll on the marina…
The Santa Margherita marina is small, and you have few restaurants next to each other… Skipper, Tortuga and L’Altro Eden. We started by L’altro Eden (the first Eden restaurant is in Rapallo).
When we arrived the whole terrace was full, except few tables that were reserved for the second service… and as we are in Italy, Franco Pezzoni, the owner, added a table outside for us..

It was one of the first signs that I wasn’t in Geneva anymore… We enjoyed an amazing dinner with raw fish Carpaccio caught the same day, followed by spaghetti with tuna botargo and grilled prawns. No need to say our plate was empty. The service was great; everyone tried to speak few words of French… the crowd was composed of tourists and locals (which I guess is a good sign).

For me it was the perfect way of starting my few days in Italy…