How many of you are thinking to their 2015 intentions? Well, if you are reading this article you have probably thought to travel more, to visit Italy and perhaps to discover Liguria, the Italian Riviera.
We are happy you are thinking about it and, as we are locals, we want to give you some special tips for special things in the Italian Riviera to put on your 2015 travel wish-list
ENJOY THE AMAZING VIEW SIPPING WINE ON A TERRACED VINEYARD IN CINQUE TERRE
Terraced vineyards overlooking the blue Mediterranean sea, are a fundamental part of Cinque Terre landscape and wine is the essence of these places. There’s no better way to get in touch with the real soul of Cinque Terre than visiting the vineyard and the cellar of a local producer and taste wine listening to stories of passion for this land.
HIKE IN CINQUE TERRE
There are a few roads in Cinque Terre and the best way to enjoy this wild stretch of coast is hiking one of the many gorgeous coastal path. You can walk all day long or just for one hour but you will enjoy a really different point of view that worth the effort! But be careful to high temperatures: in July and August it’s better to enjoy the landscape by boat.
VISIT PORTOVENERE VILLAGE
You can’t miss this beautiful village with its row of pastel colored houses and the S. Peter church, perched on the rocky promontory. In front of you, the Palmaria Island completes the unique scenery and can be reached by boat in 10 minutes. If you are there on August 17, you’ll be fascinated by the village illuminated by the fire of thousands of torches for the local feast of the Madonna Bianca.
SMELL THE SCENT OF AROMATIC HERBS IN PORTOFINO
The quaint village of Portofino maintains its Mediterranean soul and you will discover it with 20 minutes walk on the aromatic herbs path. Here you will find basil, sage, marjoram and all the flavors that are the basis of the local culinary tradition. You will not be able to decide if looking at the lush garden or at the spectacular panorama.
SNORKEL IN SAN FRUTTUOSO BAY
San Fruttuoso bay is a hidden pearl in Portofino Natural park: just crystal clear water, a pebble beach and a medieval abbey standing right on the beach. The bay can be reached only by foot or by boat and, if you like snorkeling or diving, you can discover the enormous submarine statue of Christ of the Abyss, venerated by local sailors and fishermen.
LEARN TO USE MORTAR AND PESTLE TO PREPARE PESTO SAUCE
Choosing the ingredients, putting them into the mortar in the correct order, find the right rhythm of the pestle: preparing pesto is an art and, if you come to Genoa, you should not miss the opportunity to learn about it from a local pesto expert. This is the real taste of Genoa.
FIND NOBLE PALACES AMONG GENOA MEDIEVAL ALLEYS
You’ll be amazed by the painted noble palaces that you will discover among the narrow medieval alleys of Genoa historical center. Yes, these are the Rolli Places, protected by UNESCO; aristocratic residences that, starting from the XVI century, were chosen to host ambassadors and foreign noblemen visiting Genoa.
DISCOVER THE AUTHENTIC FLOWER TRADITION OF THE WEST RIVIERA
Lavender, roses, orange flowers, these are the scents of the West Riviera. Here you can still find families keeping alive the tradition of cultivating and picking up by hand flowers. You can hear about their patient work and the ancient use of this precious flowers: from the distillation of essential oils and liquors to the preparation of scented soaps till the traditional cooking with herbs and flowers.
MEET FISHERMEN AND HEAR THEIR STORIES IN NOLI
Noli is a medieval village in the West Riviera. It is still surrounded by walls and lays on a beautiful sandy beach. Here local fishermen use traditional fishing techniques with their typical small boats called “gozzi”. You can meet them in the morning at their market stalls right on the beach. A jump back in the past!
CROSS THE ROMAN BRIDGE IN DOLCEACQUA
May be you have already seen this ancient bridge in a Monet painting. The French impressionist was fascinated by this slender, stone bridge perfectly preserved. It cross the clear river and let you reach the medieval hamlet of Dolceacqua, famous for its artists and for the Rossese wine. You’ll love it as well.