Italian Liguria – Portofino, Cinque Terre, Agriturismo

I have got a feeling I have been seeing Santorini everywhere. I mean everywhere I go with my phone, which is in fact everywhere. The place from today’s post might be the next top of the top destinations – Liguria, the Instagrammers are coming.

My parents are obsessed with Italy. The way I always had seen it was : there are a lot more affordable places in this world.

Well, Italy is not about it.  Crazy expensive, but you will never find such experience anywhere else.

Cinque Terre, Portofino? All the yellow and oragne houses, endless green, blue sea, tasty wine, super-delicious food and the climate. This is pretty much it!

 

Where we stayed?

I decided to experience Liguria in a different way (to how I used to travel) and had chosen Agriturismo la Pergola dei Paggi to be our home for a few days. I was convinced by the colorful interior and the overall impression from their website. In fact, the dining area reminds me of Cinque Terre itself! The place remains to be more of a pension/resident hotel than agrotouristic place, but it has quite a lot of benefits as well. First of all, it is located in a strategic location – right in the half way between Portofino and Cinque Terre.

What they have to offer is the plantation right outside the properties – they produce a lot of preserves, sweet spreads, olive oil and pastries, which you are able to eat in the morning, for breakfast. Apart from that you can enjoy from several wines from their winery in Lago di Garda and the Italian food – from ecological meat to Ligurian specialities.

La Pergola dei Paggi is easily accessible from the station ( Sestri Levante) and with a car. Important – parking is available !!

There is also a ‘low-keyed’ beach 10 minutes walking from the place, while the main one in Sestri Levante requires a short drive. After all, it is meant to be ‘ an outside of the outside’, so a beach location was not my goal at all.

Recommended for?

  • families with children
  • couples
  • elderly travelers

 

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The most impressed by?

It has been a good couple of days, and we are still impressed by this place. Agritourismo La Bilaia ( clean air) is something you HAVE TO experience. Located on the top of the hill in Chiavari, this family-run place offers the real ultimate agrotouristic experience! The owner, whom we personally met, puts a lot of attention into details, which is quite visible all over the place. Paolo studied at Slow Food University and launched his own book, which is why he tries to adapt all his knowledge and experience into La Bilaia.

Apart from the culinary excellence, the p.e.r.f.e.c.t. location ‘does the job’ – the restaurant and the terrace are both overlooking the Ligurian coast with the famous Portofino just in front of our eyes.

As for the agrotourism – they plant the whole range of herbs, such as thyme, they also grow chickens and rabbits, produce both wine and olive oil as well as the whole range of preserves. The plantation is huge, is walkable and there is a nice ‘chill out’ area. I would recommend a day trip to just load your batteries.

La Bilaia is only accessible with a car.

Recommended for?

EVERYONE…

…but especially the ones seeking for the real agrotouristic experience, escape the city and eat something extraordinary.

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Top destination – Cinque Terre, Manarola

We got to Manarola in the morning, park our car (yes, there IS  a parking space and it’s huge), and went to explore. This is such an iconic and must-see destination! I am sure all the 5 Terre are, but we only managed to visit Manarola and Riomaggiore because of the lack of time and the heat. Yes, you got it right. The only reasonable period of time to visit this specific region is the off-season, perhaps May/April or October. Otherwise, you will only be able to explore a small part, like we unfortunately did.

Manarola is such a picturequare area! You can fully enjoy it by hiking in between the cities or taking a boat trip.

I would not recommend Cinque Terre for people looking for :

  • beaches
  • parties
  • budget travel
  • budget hotel

What to do in Manarola? Well, definitely head to Nessun Dorma for their famous plate, bruschetta and a tasty limoncello. Than just take a walk around, perhaps go to the next village (Riomaggiore 1km distance) and enjoy gelato!

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Portofino – the most sophisticated place on Earth!

This trip, a very short one indeed, took me onto a new level of excitement and made me realize I will never be able to afford certain things ( it’s not like I have only just found out). Portofino is a sort of Italian enclave for the millionaires to go on weekend. Or for Brad Pitt to jump to his fav yacht while in Europe. The views are in fact, I have to use this word, AMAZING, but the price you pay is extremely high.

It doesn’t change the fact that I would still recommend to go and stay for a day. Have a coffee at Cafe Excelsior, watch over the sunset, admire beautifully dressed people, yachts, colours and the magnificent nature.

Once you are done with your coffee take a walk up the hill, leave Portofino and go Santa Margerita direction- you will spot the beautiful turquoise wather and the endless blues of the sea.

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43 Comments

  • Milena July 6, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Your photos and outfits are absolutely beautiful! <3 I have explored the Italian Riviera closest to France but I would love to venture further out and see Portofino, and other little places nearby!

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    x

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    • Claudia July 6, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks so much <3

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  • Saint Facetious July 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    That place looks phenomenal. Though it sounds like I’d only be able to afford a trip for coffee there. 😀 You might also check out Bari too, while on the Italian coast.

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    • Claudia July 6, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      We will definitely check Bari! In the nearest future!

      Reply
  • TINA H July 6, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    The photos look amazing! I hope you had a great time dear! Love all your outfits!

    xo Tina
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    • Claudia July 7, 2017 at 7:04 am

      Thank you xoxo

      Reply
  • Nathalie July 7, 2017 at 11:32 am

    What a beautiful place! Italy has amazing location and the food is just delicious.

    Nathalie
    http://www.nathalie-alexandra.blogspot.com

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    • Claudia July 8, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you xoxo

      Reply
  • Pam July 8, 2017 at 2:27 am

    I love Italia so so so much♥
    Looking stunning babe! xx

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    • Claudia July 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks Pam <3

      Reply
  • Anisha Jain July 9, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Wow… an amazing place… with truly amazing outfits… Loved the way you carry yourself. ?

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    • Claudia July 9, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you <3

      Reply
  • Carmen July 9, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Oh I love this area of Italy and those pictures make me want to go back asap! Thank you so much for sharing those impressions hun <3
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

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    • Claudia July 9, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks Carmen <3

      Reply
  • Elegant Duchess July 10, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    This is dream come true! Beautiful scenery, gorgeous lady, great bottle of wine and yummy food! Thank you for sharing your photo story

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    • Claudia July 11, 2017 at 8:38 am

      <3

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  • Andrea July 11, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    This place is so pretty. Thank you for sharing it. I have to go to Santorini also one time.

    Have a wonderful day my dear.

    xx, Andrea – Strawberriesn ‘n’ Champagne
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    • Claudia July 11, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      Santorini is also a great place <3 Both places are amazing, really <3

      Reply
  • Ricarda July 11, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Ohhhh Italia! The views are absolutely breathtaking and your pictures truly nice! Looks like you had a fantastic time!

    Best,
    Ricarda of CATS & DOGS: http://www.wie-hund-und-katze.com

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    • Claudia July 11, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks Ricarda <3

      Reply
  • Simone July 12, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Your pictures are amazing! I’ve never been to this region in Italy, but I think it has to go on my bucket list. Have a good week

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box
    Instagram: littleglitterybox

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    • Claudia July 12, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Definitely! The whole Liguria is beautiful!

      Reply
  • Caitlin | Beauty & Colour July 12, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Cinque Terre is so stunning, I’m planning a trip there soon!

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    • Claudia July 12, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      I really recommend this place <3

      Reply
  • sepatuholig July 12, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Beautiful trip so it seems….
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    • Claudia July 12, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      <3

      Reply
  • Ashon July 12, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    OMG! Such beautiful pictures. Can’t take away my eyes from looking your pictures, all happy vibes around. Hope I’ll get to visit there one day.

    xx Ashon
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    • Claudia July 13, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Thank you <3

      Reply
  • Saida - She talks Glam July 13, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    OMG, I would like to visit ALL the places you recommend here! Love the little country house in Liguria with their own land and chickens. Sounds amazing and my kind of tourism. It is true that Italy has a special charm and one must experience it at least once in their lives! Thanks so much for the reviews, I will be sure to check them out in more detail if/when I plan a trip to that dreamy area 🙂

    Saida | She talks Glam

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    • Claudia July 14, 2017 at 8:27 am

      Saida! I really recommend to try this place out! Ask me anything before you head there <3

      Reply
  • Carrie July 14, 2017 at 4:09 am

    oh my god those pics are just perfection. wanna be there right now
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    Reply
    • Claudia July 14, 2017 at 8:27 am

      <3

      Reply
  • Nistha Saraf July 14, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Lovin’ all your outfits, esp the yellow one. You look splendid.
    Nistha
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    • Claudia July 14, 2017 at 11:37 am

      Thank you xoxo

      Reply
  • Dushka July 14, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Amazing pictures! You look so beautiful and the Italy is stunning! I’ve never been to Cinque Terre, hope I’ll visit soon!
    Keep up,
    Dushka
    http://www.the-style-journey.com

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    • Claudia July 14, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Dushka <3

      Reply
  • Rina July 18, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Cinqueterra looks so amazing! I would love to visit one day. I would love to go back to Italy. It was one of my favourite places I visited during my last trip to Europe, Especially Positano. Loving every outfit you wore during your trip, especially the yellow dress!

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
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    • Claudia July 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks so much Rina <3

      Reply
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    • Claudia August 2, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      I am actually using WordPress, and I am quite happy with it. Maybe you should try Blogger?

      Reply
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  • Sarah-Allegra August 16, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Awwww, I always wanted to go to Cinque Terre! It looks so picturesque! Thanks so much for the gorgeous pics!!

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