Centrally situated, Genoa is the perfect home base from which to discover many fascinating villages in Liguria!
This old town with a medieval historical center, the largest in Europe, has a special character and, after almost 20 years that I live in this town, I find that it is hard not to be fascinated by it.
Probably it’s because of its authenticity, not touched by the mass tourism or maybe it’s because the more you discover about this town the more you become seduced by it and slowly fall in love with its magic soul.
Genoa has a good position for day trips
As I was saying Genoa has a good position from which you can take day trips and discover places that most tourists has never heard of! Genoa is in fact comfortable with public transports: there are 2 main Railway stations (Genova Brignole and Genoa Piazza Principe) from which departs many trains both for the eastern and western part of Liguria; ferry boats which reach also the famous Cinque Terre!
1. Discover Finalborgo and taste the chinotto!
Belonging to the “Most beautiful villages in Italy” club, Finalborgo has to be on your list of places to visit while you are on holiday in Liguria. An enchanting small village where you can meet Roberto, a great producer of chinotto, a bitter orange that grows just in this area of the Italian Riviera.
Roberto loves to welcome guests in his citrus grove and let taste his delicious jams, candied and liquors made following very ancient recipes.
2. Relax in Varigotti: breath its peace and enjoy this particular town
A charming ancient village of Saracen origins, Varigotti is perfect for those who want to relax on holiday. What I love most about this place is its crystal-clear sea with a range of colours which vary from the emerald green to the blue! About 40 minutes from Genoa, Varigotti really worth a visit!
3. Take a ferry boat to reach the tiny village of San Fruttuoso di Camogli
A pearl of rare beauty in the shell of the luxuriant promontory of Portofino, San Fruttuoso di Camogli is one of my favorite spots in Liguria, close to Genoa!
You can reach this enchanting village, property of FAI (The Italian National Trust) which took care of its restoration, taking a ferry from Santa Margherita Ligure, but for those who love to hike I always suggest to reach it by foot. The views are amazing, trust me!
4. Meet real Italian artisans in Chiavari
One of the things that I’m interested in when I travel is getting in touch with local people knowing more about their life and their jobs, such as in Chiavari seaside village where I met local artisans who have welcomed me in their small and old workshops.
They showed me their works and I was fascinated by these people who carry on centuries of family traditions with great passion!