Splendors of the Italian Riviera

Porto Venere's Bay of Poets and St. Johns Church. Byron's Grotto is just below

Porto Venere’s Bay of Poets and St. Johns Church. Byron’s Grotto is just below the church but difficult to see

My last post left you in the midst of thunderstorms on the Italian Riviera. But like a worrisome story with a good ending, the next morning was beautiful! All around me lay clear evidence of a rainstorm that had swept away all the old debris and polished my earthly surroundings with a new freshness.
I drove from Chiavari north through the towns of Santa Margherita, Portofino and Camogli. Following are some photos of the stunning Riviera in all its glory….

Beaches along the Riviera

Crescent Beaches along the Riviera

Most Every Riviera Town has a Promenade

Most every Riviera town has a Promenade with a continual Passeggiata


Portofino, haunt of the rich and famous 

Shimmering Mediterranean

Shimmering Mediterranean

Camogli, Italy

Bobbing Boats of Camogli

Camogli basilica on the harbor beach

Camogli Basilica on the Harbor 


Stately Villas of Portofino

Italian Riviera Villa

Sun Splashed Villa 

Porto Venere viewpoint with the Mediterranean behind me

Porto Venere viewpoint with the Mediterranean behind, where the past and present converge into a timeless beauty that is the Italian Riviera.

“And from then on I bathed in the Poem of the Sea, steeped with stars and foamy as milk….”   Arthur Rimbaud

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16 replies

  1. I’m glad the sun came out. Heard that many regions of Italy were deluged with rain.


  2. Belissimo !:-)

    This is Ligurian Sea Riviera… near Genova…
    There are MANY Rivieras in Italy…:-) They are so happy about it…

    Voila !


  3. Beautiful scenes of the Riviera. Your photos are so enticing, especially to someone like me has not been there yet, just in my dreams. And you look right at home in that setting.


  4. Lovely photos – thanks for the memories of places we’ve enjoyed in years past


  5. Hi Susan love your blog about Italy, we are Travel operators specialising in arranging special Cultural tours and exciting packages to Italy. Would love to connect with you on LinkedIn


  6. Yes, captions would be a wonderful addition to your lovely photos —


  7. nice photos…add captions if you have a moment


  8. Wonderful photos, Susan!! So glad You are enjoying northern Italy!!



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