Bella Italia

Mary Smyth
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‘Local small ferries to every tiny port and great train connections made every day an adventure.’

“All of the lower trails are ‘chuiso,’  closed” we were told at the information desk. Dreaded words for hikers to hear having travelled such a long distance to walk one of the most talked about trails in the world. But luckily upon further inquiry we realized that there were lots of options.

We had gone to Italy to celebrate a milestone birthday, to walk some of the fabulous trails, be marvelled by spectacular scenery and generally live like Italians for a month.

Choosing a place to stay was daunting, the options for rental properties online was mindboggling. At a certain point you just have to jump and hope you land somewhere you like.

“Casa Bosco” in Chiavari, Liguria on the northwest coast of Italy, also called the Italian Riveria, was the place. Upon arrival we were more than pleased.

The house is situated in a private estate in the middle of olive groves and a vineyard, yes wine and olive oil were readily available, delivered to the doorstep to be exact.

Long-stemmed Calla Lilies grew wild at our doorstep. Grapefruit, lemons and oranges picked daily from the trees on the property. Family and friends made the picture complete.

We were “molto contento.”

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Organizations: Bella Italia

Geographic location: Italy, Chiavari, Liguria Portofino National Park Genoa Rappallo

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