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Days 5&6

By Hospitality in Genoa

Since I had already done the cooking class, I had a day off. While others rested, I decided to explore the city center of Genoa by walking around for about 8 miles. I met up with my friend Malwina and we searched for a tattoo shop. Along the way, we stumbled upon Christopher Columbus’ house and visited a few beautiful churches. Later in the evening, I met with Pauline and we enjoyed some tasty street food near the lively port. It was a day of wandering, unexpected discoveries, and delicious bites in the bustling city of Genoa.

The next day started by boarding an early charter bus to Piedmont, a region renowned for its vineyards. Our first stop was a charming hilltop city, where we paused to admire the picturesque views of the vineyards below. Despite the rain, we were fortunate to receive a tour of a vineyard’s cellars and a brief glimpse of the vineyard itself. The highlight of our visit was undoubtedly the four-course meal we enjoyed at the vineyard, perfectly complemented by a tasting of four exquisite wines. Our exploration continued in another city in Piedmont, but unfortunately, it was cut short due to unfavorable weather conditions, as the group was not particularly fond of the rain. Nonetheless, the day offered a delightful immersion into the world of Piedmont’s vineyards, tantalizing our taste buds with fine wines and treating us to captivating vistas.

Days 3&4

By Hospitality in Genoa

We arrived in Santa Margarita early to beat the crowds and had a pleasant breakfast in a lively piazza. From there, we took a boat to Portofino and did a short hike to visit the church and cemetery, where we got a glimpse of the area’s history. After that, we hopped on another boat to San Fruttuoso, where we enjoyed a refreshing swim and ended up dozing off while sunbathing, almost missing our boat to Camogli. Once in Camogli, we treated ourselves to some delicious prosciutto focaccia. It was a day filled with beautiful sights, relaxation, and tasty food, giving us a taste of what our study abroad adventure has in store.
The next day we hopped on a train and headed to Torino, where our first stop was the Lavazza coffee factory. It was impressive to see the massive amount of coffee they produce for export, and they even have special training programs for baristas. Next, we visited the Lavazza museum, where we learned all about the intricacies of their coffee and how they’ve marketed it over the years. They even treated us to some coffee caviar on coffee-flavored whipped cream, and I couldn’t resist having three helpings! Afterward, we had some time to explore Torino on foot, making our way down to the train station. It was a day filled with fascinating coffee insights, cultural experiences, and the charm of Torino.

Genoa Days 1&2

By Hospitality in Genoa

On the first day of this trip, Jeremiah and I arrived to Genoa from Rome after learning the hard way to space out our train schedules. In Rome, we were supposed to get on a train connection of ten minutes and our first train was ten minutes behind schedule. This left us stranded in Rome for the night, until we found some friends that hosted us until 5 am where we took the next available train to Genoa, in the train we learnt that at 5am there’s a lot of Italian youth that chant their way home after a night of partying. After arriving in Genoa, meeting with other students, and showing off our apartments, we all met at the Ferrari Plaza for a quick tour of the city where Professor Rice helped us find our way around the city and showed us the local spots to visit during our time here. Later that night we all went to eat at a ‘trattoria’ where I had a pesto pasta, and octopuses. Right after dinner some of us went to the bar area that Professor Rice recommended and met some of the locals as well as the people working there.

On the second day, we followed Professor Rice for a more in depth tour of Genoa focused on the culinary parts of the city and talked about the spread of slow food in Italy. After that we took a train to a nearby coastal town, Nervi, where we learnt that the park that’s currently there by the sea used to several different estates of rich families that were donated to make one big park full of exotic vegetation brought by the previous owners, the park is also used for a festival that fills the park full of flowers once a year. After that we walked along the coast on a trail named after an Italian general who liberated territories while doing military campaigns in Argentina during the late 1700s. We had some free time to enjoy Nervi on our own and met back with half of the group to participate in a Genovese cooking class where we cooked a three course meal. Later that night, I went up to the overlook spot of the city where we got stuck after hours because the elevator had closed down, but we figured out how to get down with other tourists that became our friends for the thirty minute walk down.

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