The Ligurian coast of Italy is surprisingly unspoilt despite the Italian word 'Rapallizasione' having entered the language because of massive overbuild in Rapallo. Saint Margherita Ligure has kept its old-fashioned bourgeois charm - it has the best gourmet speciality grocery and wine store imaginable! Seghezzo in Via Cavour - it has a small bar and smiling staff.
Portofino, the most civilised and prettiest of ports
Going south, are the dramatic and beautiful Cinque Terre [five ports]. Before them is Chiaviri [see below].
An 'osteria con cucina' since 1907, Luchin
- delicious, authentic local food www.luchin.net.
Between Chiavari and Rapallo is Seteria di Zoagli http://www.tessiturecordani.it/ - fabrics handwoven on original looms, wonderful silks and brocades. Their speciality is 'veluto liscio' - the very best plain silk velvet, very dense and of extraordinary quality, and only they weave 'veluto giardino' [garden velvet-polychrome], an 18th century design in seven colours.