London, United Kingdom
February 18, 2005
Winter sailings from Camogli to S Fruttuoso are relatively infrequent. Having narrowly missed the noon sailing, we went for a stroll around the town environs, and we were back near the harbour about 20 minutes before the next departure at 3pm. We stopped off at the friendly but expensive Bar Porticciolo (Via al Porto 11, tel: 0185 771629) for a couple of paninis and soft drinks (28€ for two of each) and were at the boat on time to buy tickets (8€ per person round-trip) from the nearby ticket office before departure.
The only other passengers on the boat were a mother and her two children. They were carrying groceries and were let off at the Punta Chiappa stop halfway to S Fruttuoso. The boat being empty meant that we were able to get good views of Camogli and the Portofino Peninsula in the afternoon sunshine. The peninsula looks beautiful – we saw lots of trees, interesting rock formations, and a colony of cormorants on the rocks – and we enjoyed the half-hour trip to S Fruttuoso.
At S Fruttuoso, we had half an hour before the boat returned to Camogli. Although the church looks interesting – the sea appears to flow underneath it at high tide – we chose instead to walk briefly in the surrounding woods. We found the end of the marked trail to S Rocco that we had walked to earlier in the day (see separate journal entry), and we enjoyed a few peaceful minutes before returning to the small harbour.
We enjoyed our boat ride to S Fruttuoso – we got to see a bit of the unspoilt bit of the Portofino Peninsula, and the boat was small and friendly. S Fruttuoso and its surroundings were peaceful and not crowded, although this could well be very different in the summer months.
From journal Camogli - between Genoa and Portofino