Wondering how it all started? Then let’s go back in time to the year 2010 when we had our first real travel with a baby. Well, technically it was our second time abroad with Alegra. Only, the first one took us to Mexico but that was a beach vacation so it doesn’t really count… Oh and we’re not counting the trips to Madrid and Nice during pregnancy either. The setting for this trip? Northern Italy and more specific the regions of Liguria, Tuscany and Lombardy. The timeframe? Only 9 days… to see 7 cities! Big rookie mistake indeed, but then again trial and error brought us to where we are now. Follow us and learns the do’s and don’ts of visiting Italy with kids!
This tour was composed around the hotels that were part of the hotel chain I used to work for. That way, we were able to enjoy pretty nice accommodations for very low employee rates. So, essentially we just payed for breakfast while enjoying 4* bed and breakfast.
It was a very early morning in July 2010 when we started the drive from Belgium to Italy. After about 12 hours we arrived in Savona. This harbor town seemed as a good starting point to drive along the Riviera di Ponente, the part of the Italian Riviera west of Genoa. We spent a late afternoon and evening here before enjoying a good night’s sleep. The town was nice but nothing spectacular apart from the massive cruise ships in the harbor. When selecting a picture to add to this post, I noticed that we had taken only one. Upon further inspection it hit me that the one ship we photographed was the Costa Concordia that would sink in 2012.
The next day we headed out about 20km to the west to visit the Grotte di Toirano. We were overwhelmed by the impressive mountain views and beautiful geological formations. We enjoyed it a lot even with little Alegra in our arms during the cave visit which proved to be quite challenging.
After a local lunch we drove towards Genoa charmed by the gorgeous views along this coast line.