Last summer, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Italy by my good friend, and website designer, Pompeo!
As soon as we landed in Milan we were on our way to Celle Ligure, our base for the trip. Pompeo, Alex and I-or mayyyybe just me- decided to stop at Serravalle Designer Outlet for some shopping! It’s definitely worth paying a visit if you have time, and if you have a love for designers as much as I do. I fell in love with the Moschino store so much…they had to drag me to the car!
Second stop was Varazze to buy some “Baci di Dama” (traditional Italian hazelnut cookies) and for a stroll on its amazing promenade. Varazze is only 2 km away from Celle Ligure, so in my mind, it is not even separated.
When we arrived at Celle Ligure, we honestly did not expect what we got. A honeymooner’s suite at Villa Lagorio, my friend’s private property where you can organize the wedding venue of your dreams. If you ever find yourself there, you probably won’t be as fortunate, since the suites are only for couples getting married there and/or the guests, but no worries! You can always book a room at Hotel La Giara.
Celle Ligure is a place for a quiet and relaxing vacation, ideal for families with little kids, or couples seeking a calm and peaceful destination for their holidays. But, even the active ones can enjoy their stay at Celle due to its very attractive location that is ideal for daytrips to very famous Italian sea resorts, historical towns, and the City of Monaco.
Portofino – 75km away
San Remo – 109 km away
Cinque Terre – 97km away
Genoa – 42 km away
Savona – 14 km away
Monaco – 144 km away
Nice (French Riviera) – 158 km away
One of our daily rituals included a walk along the Celle Promenade, focaccia at Focacceria della Piazza or Panetteria Basso, and of course, gelato (the best I’ve ever had) at the very popular Na ‘Ranita (all located in the center). What is really amazing is the fact that the center is a pedestrian only zone with narrow roads, winding alleys and small squares, decorated with the traditional Italian, waterfront, colorful houses we all love to stare at.
Every time I find myself in Italy, my appetite grows dramatically. Is it their delicious cuisine? Is it my love for spaghetti, ice cream, and pizza? Who knows? As a food lover, and hosted by a local, I got to eat at the best possible places. And here is my list:
- Pizzeria Basso Sera (Celle Ligure) – try the Bresaola pizza, I would literally kill for a slice right now.
- Baccere Baciccia (Alpicella) – meat lovers will love it.
- Garbassu (Varazze) – no menu for this restaurant, the chef creates according to his mood on that day. Reservation needed.
- I Giardini di Marzo (Varazze) – In a good ice cream we trust!
- Pescheria Friggitoria Franca Stellin (Celle Ligure)– fresh fish only!