We haven't been to Italy in twenty-five years, but we both have some very fond memories of Santa Margherita and Portofino. We are staying on the hill above the harbor of Santa Margherita with a steep path just behind the house that leads into town. It is a hike for sure. After our desent we were just in time to catch the ferry to Portofino, a matter of 15 minutes across the blue water on this perfect fall day. Once off the ferry instead of turning towards the cafes and high end clothing and jewelry stores, we went to the other end of the pier and found a trail leading straight up the hill to the castle with exceptional views.
After lunch in a little back street, the ferry ride to Santa Margherita, we climbed our own very steep trail to home.