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…