We thought we had allowed plenty of time for travel, but there was a lot of roadworks and tollways and it certainly was a close shave
. 6 Minutes to spare. The road as we got closer to Genova was really windy and it had heaps of tunnels and bridges. We had been on this road from Milan (about 1.5 hrs) and we were surprised it only cost 9 Euros in tolls. It is difficult to find a petrol pump that is manned and it is not always easy to understand the language and work the pump in the right order - we stopped at two and in the end managed to fill the tank up before Lee dropped me at the station with all the bags and returned our hire car. Our train was to leave at 3:00 pm and we arrived at the platform at around 2:54. There was a train, just pulling out and we thought we had missed it. An English tourist yelled don’t get on - and came running to tell us, it was the wrong train, the next one was ours if we were going towards Rome. We had booked the 30 min train trip on the internet before we left and we had the printed slip, but all worked well, the conductor validated it on his iphone - we have always been very careful to validate our train tickets before hopping on as we had heard horror stories. Lindsay, Eliza and Belinda were at the train station to meet us which was lovely. It was great to catch up with them again! They helped us with our luggage to our hotel (about 300M) where we have the room next to them. It is a lovely spot, with a little stone castle jutting out in the sea right outside our window. It is a lovely curved beach with a Marina at one end and “beaches” that you have to pay for around the other side. The free beach doesn’t look so inviting as it catches all the rubbish from everywhere it would seem.
We had a lovely afternoon tea and walk through the little town and around to the marina. Eliza has been busy entertaining us with lots of stories, including their nightmare trip to here getting on the wrong train going in the opposite direction. We will definitely enjoy our stay at this little seaside haven and catching up with some of the family.
It was an early start to catch the car ferry to Bellagio, the last place we wanted to have a look at on Lake Como before we headed down to Rapallo. As it was early not much was open, but we explored the steep streets made up of coloured buildings with mainly green shutters. We did a long walk around the coast to a couple of villa’s. We walked up the long stairway that one of the villa owners a long time ago, bought all the properties between his villa on one side of the promontory to the otherside - town of Bellagio. There was a sun shower, but we did remember to bring an umbrella this time. We returned by ferry (takes about 15 mins) to our hotel and once we had breakfast and packed up we took off to Genova.