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  • We are taking you to one of the prettiest places on the planet right here, Portofino.

  • And later in the program we will take you to Santa Margherita Ligure, another beautiful

  • town on the Italian Riviera.

  • Well, to get there were driving from Santa Margherita.

  • It's about 3 miles along the coastline, and you pass a little beach along the way and

  • a few isolated houses, but mostly it's this winding, curvy, cliff-hugging seaside road.

  • It's really scenic.

  • You can get there by city bus.

  • It's an inexpensive bus ride, under two euro, only takes about 15 minutes.

  • In our case were going by a private shuttle van because of our schedule, and this worked

  • out really nicely.

  • They took us right in the heart of town.

  • It's a little village, easy to walk around.

  • There are some shops, there are about half a dozen streets, and the view.

  • This is one of the great views of the world.

  • And we are going to show you how to get that view, especially at twilight, how nice.

  • We got here kind of late in the afternoon, and so right away first thing we want to walk

  • up the hill while the lighting is good.

  • Yes, it's a bit of an uphill climb, but not so bad, and it's worth it because you will

  • get some super views.

  • That's the first glimpse you get, but keep going because it gets better.

  • You a little bit higheronly takes about 15 minutes at most to walk up here, or ten

  • if you are a good walker.

  • There's the view that you're going to get.

  • That is spectacular.

  • You can go a little further.

  • You don't have to go much further than that.

  • Maybe up to the church.

  • We' re here in the off-season, it's November, so there's not very many other people around,

  • which makes it very convenient for us.

  • As you get to the top you'll see the small castle of St. George and next to it is the

  • church of St. George, which makes a great observation lookout for enjoying the view

  • down below, and you don't need to go beyond that, because here is where you get that perfect

  • view looking back at the little cove of Portofino.

  • And this is a great time of day to be here.

  • You get the natural lighting, you get the streetlights on, the shop lights are coming

  • on.

  • So the church lookout is a great spot to see the town from.

  • We'll get back down to the village in a moment and show you around.

  • There's a couple of shops, there is a couple of restaurants in this season.

  • Some students from Ukraine also visiting, taking their pictures.

  • The water was a little choppy this evening, it was high tide with water splashing up over

  • the dock there.

  • It's a protected marina.

  • Portofino is world-famous as a home for yachts and the visiting jet-set, and the millionaires

  • and the billionaires.

  • But there are some affordable accommodations that we will show you in a moment, and there's

  • local residents, of course in Portofino, a very small population some ordinary neighborhood

  • shops.

  • But there are not very many accommodations here.

  • It's more of a daytrip.

  • You might stay nearby at Santa Margherita, as we' re doing, and there's a lot of hotels

  • in Santa Margherita.

  • We will show you signs for some hotels and bed and breakfasts.

  • You don't have to stay at the most fancy five-star deluxe hotel if you want to stay in Portofino.

  • But here you go, there are some B&Bs, three-star hotels, four-star hotels.

  • Hotel Splendido is probably the top choice, but they' re closed from November through

  • March.

  • You get into the residential neighborhood just up the hill, and then it's time to go,

  • hopping on our bus.

  • We shared the bus ride with these young university students.

  • They are students in economics in Ukraine, in the capital city of Kiev.

  • And little did the students know on their holiday, that they were going to be walking

  • right back into a battle zone.

  • Fortunately, the revolution turned out well for the people.

  • The old president was kicked out.

  • Very friendly folks.

  • And in just about 15 minutes, the bus delivers you right back into Santa Margherita Ligure.

  • We discovered that Santa Margherita is not only a convenient place to stay because of

  • its numerous hotels, and restaurants, and shops, but it's also a beautiful town.

  • It's right along the shores of the Ligurian Sea.

  • There's a big marina and there is a delightful old town with the pedestrian zonelots

  • of locals out.

  • The train station is located right in the town itself and so if you're traveling light,

  • you could most likely just walk from the train station to your hotel.

  • Most of the hotels are within 1/2 a mile or at most 1 mile away, but in our case we got

  • suitcases and the small group and so were going to have taxis shuttle us right over

  • to the hotel, and we're going to start touring immediately.

  • We decided to stay in Santa Margherita because it's just 3 miles away from Portofino and

  • just a little bit further away from Cinque Terre, which are the main attractions of this

  • coastline.

  • We have discovered that Santa Margherita is a classic town in its own right.

  • It's a bright little town full of light and color, which came into being originally with

  • the merging of two small adjacent villages, and now it's formed in one beautiful spread

  • along the coastline.

  • It's ironic that Santa Margherita is not as famous as those other destinations, but it's

  • just as nice.

  • There is a charming waterfront park and promenade with benches and landscaping, beautiful palm

  • trees, statues and fountains, and old, orange-colored and brown buildings nestled right up against

  • the harbor with their sidewalk cafes and shopfronts.

  • In Santa Margherita Liguori were staying at the Lauren hotel.

  • It' s four stars, and it's right on the waterfront, great location, just a hundred

  • meters away from the center of town where you got all the restaurants and the Piazza,

  • the pedestrian lanes in the passeggiata in the evening.

  • So consider Hotel Lauren when you're in Santa Margherita Ligure.

  • This park has a statue of Christopher Columbus, seemingly pointing out across the sea at the

  • New World.

  • Well it's because Columbus is reputed to have been from the area, from Genoa, which

  • is about 25 miles north from here along the coastline.

  • And therefore he might have even spent some time right here in Santa Margherita at some

  • point during his career.

  • Like many, if not most Italian towns, there is a statue in honor of Garibaldi, the great

  • hero.

  • He led the battle for independence of Italy as a sovereign nation.

  • When you get away from the waterfront and step into the old town, just a block away,

  • you'll find some very charming sidewalks covered by arcades with big pillars and shopfronts.

  • The arcades are a great place to stroll and gather, protects you from the elements, and

  • then there are some open plazas right nearby.

  • It's the traditional evening passeggiata where all the local folks come out for a stroll.

  • It's after work, it's before dinner.

  • The families are gathering largest, there's artists in the street, there's lots of kids

  • out playing.

  • And sometimes you'll get lucky and come across a very special family scene like this

  • – a bunch of young kids and one of the dads posing them.

  • That's a challenge, posing the a group photo.

  • This scene with the kids having fun and the local townspeople walking around is just an

  • example of how Santa Margherita Ligure is really a local place.

  • It's less of a touristic spot and more of an authentic Italian small-town experience.

  • It's a safe place, it's a friendly place and yet it has a good variety of shops and

  • restaurants and hotels that can really take care of the visitor.

  • The town center is a pedestrian zone with several streets and piazzas just for people.

  • No cars allowed.

  • This is typical of what you're finding throughout Europe nowadays.

  • We're getting hungry, and there's quite a few restaurant choices, and we got lucky

  • with an excellent place with a very friendly waiter.

  • Ristorante da Michele, my name is Cebus.

  • This is Santa Margherita and this is Ristorante da Michele.

  • Welcome.

  • It really was quite a spectacular experience.

  • Everybody in Hawaii, ciao. [people speaking] We were having a relatively early dinner.

  • It was only about 7 o'clock.

  • But we had a long day and we were hungry and ready to eat and we' re American tourists

  • after all, eating early.

  • Europeans generally eat about 8 PM or 9 PM.

  • Many restaurants don't even open until 8 PM.

  • Is the gnocchi, tagliatelle, handmade?

  • This is open, we have it all to ourselves because of that early hour.

  • Great service, incredible foods, fresh pasta, and great vegetables, and terrific wine to

  • go with it.

  • What a package.

  • And we enjoyed the regional specialties.

  • The muscles and calamari, some whitefish, crab, pesto, ok a la Bolognese.

  • That's the trophie, it's the handrolled fresh pasta with a pesto sauce, and the pesto

  • is from the area because the hillsides cultivate a lot of basil.

  • [people speaking] thank you very much, Mr. Bush.

  • We'll see you again, take care.

  • Bye-bye.

  • Followed by a little after dinner stroll to work off that amazing meal.

  • And the town is still jumping with lots of people out walking.

  • Another good reason for staying here is that there is a wide variety of hotels that you

  • can stay at in Santa Margherita, ranging from four-star deluxe right down to budget economy

  • in all sizes and categories, so it makes a real good home base.

  • Quite a few of the buildings are 300 and 400 years old, so you really do get quite a feeling

  • for a history here in Santa Margherita.

  • There's an outstanding Baroque church and many of the painted decorations on the buildings

  • hearken back to the Baroque, and even the rococo eras.

  • The area has quite a history.

  • It started out as several separate villages and then in 1812 they were joined together

  • by Napoleon, who named them after himself calling it Porto Napoleone.

  • However, three years later, with the fall of Napoleon, all that was undone and the city

  • was transferred to the kingdom of Piedmont and Sardinia and renamed as Santa Margherita.

  • The hotel breakfast is just what you would hope to find in a very nice four-star hotel

  • in Italy.

  • A big spread there with your cold cuts, your meats and cheeses, there's rolls and fruits

  • of course, there's yogurts, and coffee.

  • [Coffee machine noise] You lift it right out, fresh brewed coffee,

  • cappuccino.

  • It's There's different kinds of beverages available.

  • And it's a very nice setting.

  • We have tables with a view looking out at the waterfront just right across the street,

  • just ideal.

  • You been watching our visit to Santa Margherita Ligure which is part of our tour, visiting

  • Cinque Terre and Portofino, nearby areas.

  • And we have many more episodes of video showing you those wonderful places: the five villages

  • of Cinque Terre, incredible, and Portofino, one of the world's most famous jet-set destinations.

  • Well, this morning we' re heading out that away for our visit to Cinque Terre.

  • It's about an hour and 20 minute train ride from Santa Margherita.

  • And the weather does not look too promising.

  • The forecast is for scattered showers throughout the day.

  • Right now there is just a little mist in the air, but we will see how the day develops.

  • We're going anyway, and rain or shine, Cinque Terre is a beautiful place to visit.

  • Well, we're taking a walk from the hotel along the waterfront promenade in Santa Margherita.

  • Actually were heading for the train station.

  • We're going to be riding down to Cinque Terre for today.

  • But that's a different movie.

  • For this film were just showing you Santa Margherita.

  • Look at our other movies for our adventures in Cinque Terre and Portofino the nearby attractions

  • here, close to Santa Margherita.

  • And check it out, and we will show you much more of the area.

  • We're walking over to the train station which is only about 10 to 20 minutes away

  • from any hotel in town.

  • So convenient, Santa Margherita Ligure station connects internationally all over Europe.

  • It's a major train station, and it also has some of the local trains that connect directly

  • down to Cinque Terre.

  • So it really is great connection spot.

  • So you wait around for the train, hang out, and sure enough, it comes.

  • You get there about five minutes ahead of time, that's all you need to do.

  • They are never early, sometimes they're a little late.

  • So, the train arrives, you get on.

  • In the off-season, not crowded at all.

  • It's mostly second-class cars on these local train, so you don't need a first-class ticket.

  • The conductor comes around, punches your ticket out, and you get some scenery out the windows

  • and soon enough you have arrived at your next destination, so stay tuned and travel with

  • us throughout Cinque Terre.

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