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Streets want to be explored (carelessly, if you're with me) and passers-by watched and listened to, glad of the local wine's quiet company. Particularly watch for restaurants that Italians gravitate into—arguably cheaper menus and tastier entrees.

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There remain several fine old mansions in Levanto, each one of whose Belle Époque windows look towards the Mediterranean Sea. Many are maintained as hostels for  adventurous hikers on their way to wherever.

The Via Dell'Amore winds its scenic way from Riomaggiore (this image) to Manarola. A stroll rather than a hike—the way is paved with almost no change in altitude; wild succulents trail between the rocks rearing up along your right side, and endlessly changing sea water pulsing among boulders to your left (unless of course you began the walk from Manarola or Corniglia and are making your way southward). So, climb into this picture—the Via begins to your right—find your lover, and enjoy together. Sigh.

2016 Portofino trip

Four days

Click to see our lodging

Onward by rail, then to that comfortable and exciting town on the French Riviera, so well-loved by prosperous English tourists at the turn of the last century,

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