Our first stop on this year’s Italian adventure was to the costal city of Genoa, in the Liguria region.
We stayed in the centre at the Bristol Palace Hotel, which I can’t recommend enough. Day one was spent strolling around the cobbled streets, checking out the plethora of high-street shops, and, of course, eating and drinking our way through the afternoon.
Genoa is the home and founding place of pesto, so don’t leave without trying a pesto lasagne! And if you’re up for a bit of culture, the city is also laced with art galleries and museums. We visited the stunning Palazzo Rosso, which also boasts a rooftop viewing deck where you have the most amazing panoramic view of the city. (Although Genoa is a port, staying in the centre of the city doesn’t necessarily mean you’re close to the sea, so make sure you factor in some time for a day trip down to the fishing villages.)
On our second day in the city, we took a 20 minute drive down to one of the little fishing villages for the afternoon. Boccadasse is hidden away amongst the the rocky hills, and is home to the tiniest of beaches, which totally adds to its Italian charm. We booked into the seafood restaurant Da Osvaldo, which came highly recommended by one of the locals, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Make sure you take a stroll up to the viewing deck, where you have the most Instagrammable view of the little village.