Why you should visit and fall in love with the Italian Riviera? Here following are my 30 reasons and, which are yours?
1. Hiking paths in Cinque Terre
The hiking 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. Golfo Paradiso and Tigullio, the View
Hiking on the National Portofino Mountain reveals you incomparable view of the Golfo Paradiso and Tigullio.
4. Explore Chiavari, an old town near Portofino
Walk in Chiavari small town which has a fascinating mix of architecture and is well known for its medieval streets known as the ‘carrugi’.
5. The Bay of Silence
Discover Sestri Levante promontory from which you can admire the unique Bay of Silence (Baia del Silenzio).
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.
The little town which stands out for its line-up of colourfully decorated houses that faces the promenade along the sea.
9. Genoa historical centre
Visit Genoa historical centre (and wear a comfortable pair of shoes), 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 and the capital town of the valley, Santo Stefano, is the right place for people that love trekking, hiking, horse riding and skiing.
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. San Fruttuoso, isolated from the rest of the world will charm you.
13. Varigotti, the beaches
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. FIAT 500 in Garlenda, every summer
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. Cheese focaccia of Recco
Taste the famous “Cheese focaccia of Recco“: thanks to this famous speciality, Recco has become the gastronomic capital of Liguria.
17. The town of witches, Triora
Visit the town of witches, Triora: an old town which became the location of some horrifying witch trials in Italy. They took place between 1587 and 1589, after a year of bad weather and crop shortages that led to a famine. Due to this, some of the local women were accused of practicing witchcraft, killing livestock and also hold responsible for ill health in the community. So, about thirty women were accused of witchcraft, tortured and burnt at the stake.
18. Caves of Toirano with your children
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.
Stop to Finalborgo, one of the “Borghi più belli d’Italia”, that is one of the “Most beautiful Villages in Italy“. Here I suggest to meet our producer Roberto who cultivates the famous chinotto!
20. Anita Garibaldi promenade in Genova Nervi
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. “Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini”, a park in Genoa
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. An ice cream in Boccadasse
Taste a “gelato” (ice-cream) in Boccadasse, a little old fishing village in Genoa enclosed in a narrow bay.
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. Food markets and enogastronomic events
Follow the scents and the colors of the products of the several ligurian food markets and enogastronomic events.
26. Swim and dive to see…
Swim and dive in the limpid ligurian waters to see the statue of the Christ of the Abyss.
27. Colletta di Castelbianco
Visit Colletta di Castelbianco: the medieval internet e-village restored and situated in the Liguria hinterland.
28. Apricale village
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. Gulf of the Poets in La Spezia
Visit the Gulf of the Poets in 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. Alta Via dei Monti Liguri (long green path)
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.