To get around the Ligurian Riviera without a car (Camoli, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita, Finale Ligure, Varigotti, La Spezia, Portofino – you need to take a boat or bus from Santa Margherita) from Genoa on public transportation one may take the increasingly infamous Trenitalia. Recently things have not been good for trains in Italy… the crash in Via Reggio and 22 deaths later has brought out all sorts of information…. none, particularly positive. What can I say about trains in Italy? They are old, they are slow, they are dirty, they are uncomfortable, and they are often overcrowded BUT, they are dirt cheap, they are frequent and they go pretty much every where you need to go, as long as time and comfort are not of essence. Think of all the good you are doing for the environment! No cars needed here, just a good book and a lot of patience.