There is a unique way to get to know the Ligurian coast: by sea, on board the boats that organise daily trips and departures to destinations that can often only be reached in this way. The "vaporetti", as these boats are commonly called, sail from San Remo, Imperia town, La Spezia, Savona, but especially from the Port of Genoa, where the Consorzio Liguria via Mare and Golfo Paradiso Trasporti Marittimi offer daily excursions. The most famous and popular is the one leading from the heart of the city to San Fruttuoso di Camogli and Portofino, through the Golfo Paradiso.

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Sailing from the heart of the city

The excursion includes a stop and free visit to San Fruttuoso, continuation by boat to Portofino and return to the ports of departure. The departure is from the Aquarium pier, in the heart of the old port. As you get on board, you will forget the traffic and long car queues and admire the beauty of the coast: small villages alternating with the most important towns, beaches and coves where you can appreciate the colour of the sea in all its shades of blue.

San Fruttuoso di Camogli

There are no driveways to reach this picturesque location, only a few paths for walking in the shade of dense vegetation. After a half-hour journey, the boat docks at the exclusive jetty, next to a cosy little beach where you can swim or have a coffee in the small bars overlooking the sea. You can visit the famous Abbey of San Fruttuoso, now owned by the FAI following the donation of the complex by the Genoese princes Doria. The monastery complex with its cloister, chapter house and church can also be visited.

In Portofino

Climb back on board and reach the most celebrated and famous village in Liguria. Arriving by sea - berthing between mega yachts and passing one of the many cruise ships that bring tourists here - is an exciting experience. Once ashore, you can stroll around the piazzetta, have a coffee or an aperitif - depending on the time of day - while sitting at one of the dehors overlooking the fashionable piazzetta, full of elegant shops. Visit the Castello Brown, the Church of San Giorgio, the Lighthouse.

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