Postcard from Italy

Camogli harbour

We're just back from a fabulous time in France and Italy in celebration of significant birthdays and anniversaries. We particularly loved the higgledy hillside clinging buildings we discovered in Genoa and its surrounding coastal villages of Camogli, Portofino, Nervi and the Cinque Terre. I've chosen a photo I took in Camogli to illustrate the perfect combination of bright ice cream coloured buildings, bobbing boats and Mediterranean vegetation we found in many of the villages. Look closer and you'll see many of the buildings have designs painted on them in a technique called sgraffito - one layer of paint or plaster scratched through to reveal a second colour below.

Talking of ice cream, the rich dark chocolate fondant flavour was declared our holiday winner. You're probably familiar with pesto and focaccia already - some of the typical regional (Ligurian) cuisine we sampled along the way. Homemade and freshly made that day took them to another level.

It's been fabulous to escape the dreary winter we've had and find some warmth and sunshine for a few days. Fingers crossed it follows us home soon.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful, delicious trip!

  2. We started from Trieste - and since I have come home and back to reading, I discovered that the city we enjoyed exploring - is said to have the most beautiful buildings in Italy.

    1. Turin was pretty elegant, so Trieste must be most impressive!


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