We stayed two nights in Rapallo on the Italian coast which as a whole is spectacularly beautiful. However the seemingly expensive real estate does not bode well for the camping industry and campgrounds were quite scarce: the site we stayed at was really pleasant even if it did run alongside the motorway.
It was great to find that food prices were once again reasonable. We ate out in town on the first night and at the campground restaurant on the second. We thought that €50 all up for a family of five at the latter was pretty good value. Ange was all excited about the €1 coffee's as in Switzerland we had to "coff-up" up to €4 for an espresso!
The highlight of our stay in Italy was undoubtedly the boat trip to Portofino harbour from Rapallo. We stopped off along the way at Santa Margherita Ligure for a swim at the crowded beach and then spent a lazy afternoon in Portofino, wondering through the village, along the bush paths and generally admiring the super yachts and their flash patrons. We had coffee (and ice-creams) at the lighthouse café on the point and a swim in a little secluded bay that was bustling with anchored dinghies occupied by sun-worshiping locals.