30 Reasons to Fall in Love with Liguria
January 14, 2011 by Anna Merulla / Tags: alleys , Alta Via Monti Liguri , Apricale , aveto , best places , Camogli , Cinque Terre , Colletta , diving , Dolceacqua , excursions , farinata , fast food , FIAT 500 , Finalborgo , focaccia , food markets , Garlenda , Genoa , Genova , guide tour , Gulf of Poets , Italian Riviera , La Spezia , Liguria , Manarola , medieval , path , pesto , Portofino , Portovenere , Promontory , San Fruttuoso , Savona , Sciacchetrà , sestri Levante , street food , streets , terraces , Toirano , tour , Triora , trofie , Valley Aveto , Varigotti , Vernazza , Via dell' Amore , vineyards , walk , Walk of Love , wine / 13 Comments
1)The walking paths under the olive trees between the Cinque Terre: the best way to discover, enjoy and understand the beauty of this Five Villages is to visit them on foot. The panoramas suspended between sky and sea will offer magnificient views.
2)Boat rides along the coasts of Cinque Terre: traveling by boat along the coast of the five villages gives you the possibility to appreciate the natural beauty of the Cinque Terre from a completely different perspective.
3)Hiking at Monte di Portofino from which there’s an incomparable view of the Golfo Paradiso and Tigullio
4)Walk on the Via dell’ Amore, the most famous path of the Cinque Terre which connects Manarola to Riomaggiore and that overlooks the sea.
5)Discover Sestri Levante promontory from which you can admire the Bay of Silence (Baia del silenzio)
6)Focaccia: a must for every person that decide to visit Liguria and Genoa is to taste the crispy, golden focaccia. Genoese sell it in the “focaccerie” or “panifici” (bakery) from the early hours of the morning. Focaccia is an original street food, precursor of fast food.
7)Pesto genovese: There’s a saying in Genoa that is “chi mangia pesto, non lascia mai Genova” translated is “He who eats pesto never leaves Genoa”. So, it is a must for who visit Liguria and Genova. The small and fragrant basil leaves (which do not smell of mint) together with extravirgin oil, garlic, pine nuts and parmigiano cheese give life to one of the high points of the italian regional cuisine.
8Camogli: the little town which stands out for its line-up of colourfully decorated houses that faces the promenade along the sea.
9)Visit Genoa historical centre: the streets of the old city are a fascinating intertwining of small medieval alleys running down towards the waterfront. Historical buildings, like Palazzo Ducale and the Palazzi dei Rolli adorn the squares.
10)The Val d’Aveto (Aveto Valley) which has the most beautiful variety of landscapes. The capital town of the valley, Santo Stefano, is the right place for people that love trekking, hiking, horse ridind and skiing.
11)Portovenere: this is a place you really must stop. The little village is full of typical coastal charm. I love the ancient church of San Pietro, which stands at the far end of the Promontory.
12)The San Fruttuoso Bay: a beautiful tiny bay that can be reached only by footpath or with the boat. This place, isolated from the rest of the world will charm you.
13)Relax on Varigotti’s beaches, famous for the paradisiacal peacefulness.
14)Discover the Ligurian Wines: from Rossese di Dolceacqua to Sciacchetrà of Cinque Terre, from Ormeasco di Pornassio to Vermentino dei Colli di Luni, the entire region offers fine wines.
15)Meet in Garlenda for the International FIAT 500 meeting: Each summer, a gathering of car enthusiasts from all over the world come in Garlenda, a charming village and an elite tourist spot, for the International “Raduno FIAT 500“.
16)Taste the famous “Cheese focaccia of Recco”: thanks to this famous speciality, Recco has become the gastronomic capital of Liguria.
17)Visit the town of witches, Triora: an interesting stone medieval village known for a trial held in 1588 and ended with the conviction for witchcraft, a group of local women who, gathered at night time instead distance away (the Cabotina), were considered guilty of impending famine.
18)Visit the Caves of Toirano with your children: you can admire the signs of the presence of the prehistoric man and the remains of bears’ bones.
19)Stop to Finalborgo, one of the “Borghi più belli d’Italia”, that is one of the “Most beautiful Villages in Italy”.
20)Walk on Anita Garibaldi promenade in Genova Nervi. From there you can admire the entire extended Bay of Golfo Paradiso as far as the promontory of Portofino.
21)Taste the farinata: in the narrow alleys of Genoa’s medieval center you can taste the typical yellow farinata. But, if you go to Savona you’ll be surprised to taste it’s traditional delicious White Farinata.
22)Walk in one of the wonderful Park of Genoa, named the Park of, “Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini”: The park was designed as if it is a scenario for a philosophical/fairytale play where the visitor becomes the main actor.
23)Taste a gelato in Boccadasse, a little old fishing village in Genoa enclosed in a narrow bay.
24)Dolceacqua: the small, medieval and picturesque town full of charm with its bridge that is a jewel of lightness, as the impressionist painter Claude Monet described it.
25)Follow the scents and the colors of the products of the several ligurian food markets and enogastronomic events.
26)Swim and dive in the limpid ligurian waters to see the statue of the Christ of the Abyss.
27)Visit Colletta di Castelbianco: the medieval internet e-village restored and situated in the liguria hinterland.
28)Discover Apricale village: this little village is about an hour from Monte Carlo Region and it is considered to be one of the prominent villages found along Italy with a medieval origin.
29)Visit the Gulf of the Poets (La Spezia) and discover why famous poets, writers and artists spent in past their life and holidays in the villages and small towns of this gulf, enchanted by the superb and peaceful beauty of this corner of paradise.
30)Admire the beauties of the ligurian nature from the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri, a long green path of more than 400 kilometers, facing on one side the sea and on the other side the Alpine chain.
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