All good things come to an end, and so did this trip through Italy. My last stop was in Liguria, on the Italian Riviera, to visit my friend Alice, who I met during a type design workshop two years ago. I stayed with her and her boyfriend, and they showed me around the region. We spent time at the beach in Deiva Marina, had an aperitivo in Sestri Levante, a dinner with friends in Monterosso (one of the five villages in Cinque Terre), and took a ferry to visit Portofino.

While the places are all very scenic, there didn’t seem to be a lot to do. But fortunately I was among friends, and had a blast anyway. The highlight of this part of the trip though has to be my last dinner, when I ate spaghetti with homemade pesto using local organic basil grown at her parents’ garden…

I’m not usually a pesto fan, but this was something else. Turns out basil leaves in Liguria are a little different than elsewhere in the world, and their pesto is softer than I was used to tasting. Indimenticabile.

And with that, and a final day in Milan, my trip came to a close. Looking forward to returning to Italy again in the future: I still have Rome and the south to discover!