Liguria: a spectacular setting.

Amongst the most admired coastlines, the two Rivieras are most popular with tourists coming from all over the world. Amid the most favorite locations are Cinque Terre, UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, Lerici and Portovenere, the Tigullio Gulf and Portofino easily reachable by sea from the ferry departure point at Porto Antico.

Itineraries and Attractions.

The Eastern Riviera.

A short distance from Genoa, in the Paradiso Gulf west of the Portofino Promontory you will encounter the unusual seaside town of Camogli. The brightly colored facades and porticos overlooking the ancient 18th century pier constructed by the Republic of Genova make it a most special location. A panoramic route takes you to San Fruttuoso Abbey, the 18th century religious structure constructed -according to the legend- to house the remains of martyr St. Fruttuoso.  The most impressive access is by ferry, the inlet slowly appearing as if by magic below the cliffs.

Not far, is Portofino, unique worldwide and rewarded by the international jet set appearing with its port and line of colorful and characteristically decorated houses from the Square of St. George’s Church on the lighthouse promontory.

You can enjoy the spectacular and unspoiled views of the natural scenery by taking the walks or hiking trails (of varying difficulty) up towards the Portofino Promontory.

Cinque Terre.

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To the east, Cinque Terre, the five picturesque seaside towns known all over the world (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore) and called “cinque terre” because of the continuity of the landscape connecting them across 5 miles of uninterrupted coast line.

A unique and outstanding scenery all year round featuring slopes above the sea, cliffs and tiny coves together with extensive land exploitation harvesting grapes and olives. A variety of ancient walks connect each town one to the other amongst olive groves, lemon groves and rows of vines fortified against eroding harsh weather conditions by long rows of stone walls. The Marine Protected Area including Punta Roca, Monterosso and Riomaggiore Cape Montenegro, is a unique example of seabed biodiversity.


(Image attribution: Agenzia In Liguria)

Continuing to La Spezia, you reach Portovenre and the Palmaria Islands, Tino and Tinetto, a, favorite retreat for writers, painters, poets but also extraordinary for matching man and nature. Portovenere and Cinque Terre are UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1997. Portovenere is an ancient fortified village dating back to the Roman period, that retains its past charm. Palmaria, rich in caves and karstic outcrops is the largest of the three islands and the only one easily accessible by ferry. The islands of Tino and Tinetto, in addition to the remains of thousand old human activities are the home of local flora and fauna endemic species.

 

The Western Riviera.

Nature lovers and fans of good food especially appreciate the Western Riviera. The clear sea and the color changing sand along the coastline from Laigueglia to Alassio, from Varigotti to Noli, from Albenga to Ceriale, immediately impress you.

Farther west, Riviera dei Fiori, combining sea and mountains, green hills and wooded valleys; from the worldliness of the sea side towns like Cervo, Diano Marina, Sanremo and Bordighera to the quiet, almost mystical, medieval towns of the hinterland rich in legends like Triora, Apricale, Dolceacqua, Pigna, Bussana Vecchia.

As early as the 19th century the beauty of these places impressed their irresistible charm on Grand Tour travelers: poets and painters fleeing from gray and cold Northern Europe opened the way to a modern international tourist industry now in full swing.

Near the border, the remains of the Roman Theater at Ventimiglia and the famous Balzi Rossi archeological cave site.

For hiking and sports lovers, take note of the ancient trails of Via Francigena and the bike paths connecting most of the coastal towns.

For more information about Liguria and hotel accommodation:

www.turismoinliguria.it

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