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Portofino Bay

Club Adventures takes care to choose locally run
restaurants and accommodations in each destination,
while leaving plenty of flexibility for travelers to choose
their own dining, enhanced by recommendations from
the group's guide. The Club Adventures Local Leaders are
guides who live in the communities the tours visit. While
most house wines in Italy will put any brand-name bottle
you've had at home to shame, having a knowledgeable
local with you who can point you to the best white wine
to go with the pasta you chose is pretty priceless.
"He made everything fun and silly and lighthearted,"
Willis says of Vincenzo, the group's Local Leader. "He
was very knowledgeable about the areas we went to."
Another of the areas they explored was coastal
Levanto, where the group learned to make pesto. After
a couple of days exploring coastal cities, including
Willis' favorite Corniglia, they travelled by train to
Santa Margherita Ligure where they stayed at the Hotel
Continental overlooking a stunning bay. Seen from the
expansive balcony of her hotel room, Willis described
the view of the bay as "unbelievably spectacular" and
dotted with big and small boats.

Fried zucchini flowers

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EXPLOR ING MOR E
From the surface of the sparkling blue water in
Portofino Bay, as the group went kayaking along the
coast, "big" seemed like an understatement. "We were
going by yachts that are bigger than houses I've seen,"
Davis recalls. "The water was just so beautiful. There
were jelly fish all around, and when you're not in the
water, they are really pretty to see!"
Davis loved the kayaking and other activities, but
also said she appreciated that with Club Adventures it
didn't feel like you had to be busy the entire time. She
mentioned that each afternoon was free to do as you
pleased, whether that was to rest, venture off to unique
areas or to stay with the group for other spontaneous
adventures.
"There's a lot of free time built in," Davis says. "You
might have the morning with the group and then the
afternoon to do whatever, and your local guide can
point you towards things you'd really love to do. For
people who want to rest, that can be very important."
Rest can indeed be important, especially in coastal
areas where it's easy to see why locals are so fit and
agile. There's no other way to navigate many of these
areas except on your own two feet, over cobbled streets,
up staircases, down paths, into unexpected alcoves
for an espresso before moving along. It's all part of an
authentic Italian travel experience.
Willis says, reflecting the thoughts of many who
have ventured through Italy's intoxicating landscapes.
"I would live there in a heartbeat!"

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