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Shopping and Dining: Within one half a mile heading uphill, there is a tiny square, Piazzale San Michele with a neighborhood café bar, fruit & vegetable store, a panificio or bakery and a butcher shop. The seaside villages of Sori, one mile away, and Bogliasco, just over a mile away, both have a couple of café bars, 5 - 6 restaurants, butchers, fish stores and pharmacies. Bogliasco has a larger supermarket that's open on Sunday. For more dining and shopping options, the resort towns of Recco and Nervi are within easy 10 minute drives.

Not To Be Missed: The village of Nervi, a 12 minute drive away, and its Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi, a 1.2 mile footpath along the rocky coastline once used by fishermen. Today, it is frequented by locals and tourists visiting the cafes and restaurants interspersed along the route. Along the path, there are entrances into the Park of Nervi, a 22 acre botanical garden known for its exotic collection of palms. The park offers jogging paths, a children's playground and four impressive villas that have been transformed into art museums: the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Villa Serra; the Wolfsoniana featuring Art Noveau and Art Deco furnishings, paintings and sculptures; a Belle Époque art collection in Villa Grimaldi Fassio and the Luxoro villa with a collection of furnishings, ceramics, décor, antique fabrics and a collection of antique watches and clocks.

For Kids: Genova's historic center, 30 minutes away, has the Genova Aquarium, the largest aquarium in Italy and one of the largest in Europe.

Public Transportation: The Pieve Ligure train station is one third of a mile away. This local train services all the nearby coastal towns and Genova's Brignole station. Service to Monterosso al Mare, the first village of the Cinque Terre takes 70-90 minutes with a change of train in either Sestri Levante or Recco. Read the timetable carefully to avoid trains with extra stops that take longer. The last two trains returning from Monterosso are 9 pm and 11 pm.

Beach: The neighboring towns of Sori, Bogliasco and Recco have small, pebbly cove beaches. In this area, there are private, pay per use beach clubs. Guests are given a chair and have access to restrooms and a beach bar.

Boat Excursions: Tourist boats leave from the Recco promenade from May through September. Daily ferries leave for Portofino and the abbey of San Fruttuoso. Boat excursions to Cinque Terre leave a couple of days per week.

Hiking: Drive 25 minutes to the tiny hamlet of San Rocco, found along the route to Portofino. From the parking area, there are marked hiking trails of varying degrees of lengthy and difficulty over the Portofino mountain. The trails cross over the promontory and lead down to the tiny fishing hamlet of San Fruttuoso with an 8th century Benedictine abbey. This romantic cove is accessible only by boat or by a 3 hour hike. On return, San Rocco has a couple of cocktail bars well positioned for lovely sunsets.

Golf & Tennis: Golf Club Rapallo, a 30 minute drive away has an 18 hole course and outdoor tennis courts. Closed on Tuesday. Tennis Club Bogliasco is a 5 minute drive with indoor and outdoor courts.

Open Air Markets: Morning markets are held on Monday in Recco, Tuesday in Bogliasco, Wednesday in Camogli, Thursday in Sori and Rapallo. One of the largest markets is in Genova's Piazza Palermo every Monday and Thursday morning. In Bogliasco, there is an antique market on the third Sunday of each month. Chiavari hosts the largest antique market in Liguria on the second weekend of each month - one of the best in Liguria with vendors from all over northern Italy, France and Germany.

Annual Festivals:

In May:
- Camogli: The second weekend is the Sagra del Pesce (Fish Fry Festival) with Saturday's "Blessing of the Fish" festivities including bonfires and an impressive display of fireworks. On Sunday, the largest frying pan in the world (12 feet in diameter) fries up huge helpings of fish.
- Recco: The last Sunday in May, is a focaccia feast to sample the town's local specialty.

In July:
- Rapallo: July 1 - 3 is the feast of the Madonna di Montallegro with outdoor markets and an evening fireworks display on July 3rd.

In August:
- Sori celebrates the Feast of the Assumption every August 14 and 15 with an outdoor market. On the evening of the 15th, there is a large fireworks display.
- Rapallo has several music concerts and festivals taking place on the promenade, like Liguria Jazz and the Festival of Blues.
- Camogli: The first Sunday is a religious feast with thousands of floating candles being placed in the sea during the procession of all the boats of Camogliesi fishermen. Filling the sea with lights is the villager's way of thanking the Virgin Mary, their protector of seafarers.

In September:
- Recco hosts an international Fireworks Festival on September 8 with dazzling displays taking place day and night!

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