Wednesday, 12 August 2020
One of many good restaurants woven into Genoa's tight-knit historic centre, Le Rune stands out for serving exceptional Italian cuisine at very moderate prices. With a regularly changing selection of five or so dishes (costing between €10 and €20 each) per course, the food is both imaginative and generous. For example, one of the primo dishes (pictured above) combines the delicate flavours of three different porcini mushrooms with some excellent carpaccio. The pasta and secondi dishes also major on fresh ingredients expertly prepared. You can order a respectable bottle of local wine for just €15. The outdoor tables are spread over a multi-level garden, which backs on to a funicular railway, adding to the atmosphere. With patient and friendly service, Le Rune's proprietors have perfected the art of the neighbourhood restauranteur. 9/10
Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Monday, 10 August 2020
The pleasant stroll along the Via al Mare Fabrizio de André (a jetty) past Genoa's vast aquarium, offers sweeping views over the city's harbour and the eclectic ships it shelters. You'll spot the Neptune, a Disney-esque replica of a Spanish galleon, as well as some massive cruise liners marooned by the pandemic. You'll end up on some floating barges, where you can sit down and soak up the maritime atmosphere.
Sunday, 9 August 2020
With socially-distanced tables laid out in the piazza in front of the handsome Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Osteria Le Colonne serves well-presented Italian food with a view. The menu mixes classic and unusual dishes, such as a prawns and courgette spelt salad (pictured below). Selecting one of the latter can be a tad risky. But for a first course and just 10 euros, the cannelloni filled with spinach and ricotta cheese and accompanied by walnuts (pictured above) is a bit special. The waiters are friendly and talkative, helping to justify the punchy cover charge. Although it is a little pricey by Genoa's standards, Osteria Le Colonne is a memorable and enjoyable place to eat. 8/10
Saturday, 8 August 2020
Friday, 7 August 2020
The medieval village of Valbonne holds a bustling market every Friday morning. Even during a pandemic, scores of stalls line the narrow streets, peddling everything from local produce to clothes and jewellery. In the heart of the village, the seventeenth century place des Arcades is a good spot to take a break, have a drink and people watch. Once the market subsides, you can wander around the pleasant pastel alleyways in peace and take a stroll down to the lush riverbank.
Thursday, 6 August 2020
Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Tuesday, 4 August 2020
Monday, 3 August 2020
Lined with fairly bohemian cafes and restaurants, the largely pedestrianised Rue Saint-François de Paule is one of Nice's most atmospheric thoroughfares. It also boasts a couple of grand ornamental buildings, such as the late nineteenth century opera house (pictured below) and the neoclassical eighteenth century Saint-François-de-Paule church (pictured above).
Overlooked by the elegant Eglise de l'Annonciation dite de Sainte-Rita, Rue de la Préfecture is one of the main drags in Nice's extensive old town. It runs from the Place du Palais de Justice east towards the park that blankets Colline du Château.