11/03/2012 (Saturday) -- Genoa and Portofino, Italy
This morning, disembarking the ship was quite hectic. MSC had passengers boarding and disembarking at every port and it seemed many passengers completed their one-week cruise and disembarking here at Genoa. When we got off the ship we were directed to the baggage claim area by mistake by the MSC staff. After walking out the port area, we were met by a man who asked if we want a taxi to go in town for 20 euro. We agreed and off we went with a driver who was to take us to town. While driving, he asked if we were interested in going to Portofino for 35 euro pp. It seemed like a good idea, especially to us because we have been to Genoa before and visiting Portofino sounded interesting. So, that was where we headed.
MSC Splendida approaching the hilly port of Genoa
our taxi passed by Novotel where we stayed four years ago
towns we passed by on our way to Portofino
arriving beautiful Portofino
climbing the steps up to the hill
church on top of the hill
After about an hour, it started to rain just as we were ready to be picked up by Roberto.
Driving back to Genoa. Absolutely beautiful!
I believe this is Santa Margharita.
Roberto had to stop for gas.
Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria
our taxi driving in the narrow alleys
Cathedral of San Lorenzo
They were selling pizzas and foccacia in the tent on the right side of this picture. Delicious!
Back to the ship after a few hours in Genoa.
Genoa at night
Ready to set sail.
We had a wonderful day in Genoa with a surprise visit to Portofino. Thanks to our driver, Roberto, who was courteous and friendly. For the price, I really think it was worth it. The drive was about an hour each way and we spent approximately one hour in Portofino.
Roberto's Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: 00393936136737