It’s almost that time of the year when we start thinking of New Year’s Resolutions and about how to turn our daydreaming into actions.
If your bucket list and goals include traveling, here are 6 reasons why you should visit Liguria in 2020.
1. The amazing Nature
A large part of Liguria’s territory is protected by more than 10 regional and national parks, marine reserves and conservation zones.
These areas of pristine nature are wonderful: here you can appreciate the richness of woods, vineyards, animals, hidden paths and beaches – as well as rediscover and reenergize yourself.
2. Activities for all Tastes
If you are a fan of active breaks, then you will love the hiking and mountain biking paths between vineyards and olive trees, or surprising activities like kayaking between Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure.
Prefer to take it easy?
Then e-bikes will do the hard work for you, while sailing on a private boat gives you the chance to appreciate the coastline from a completely different perspective.
Food and wine lovers can join cooking lessons with local chefs, as well as guided visits in historic food markets and dazzling heroic vineyards.
3. Soak in the unique Views
The characteristic pastel-colored manmade architecture blends with nature’s magnificent panoramas suspended between sky and sea.
Countless travelers and artists were inspired by Liguria’s beautiful coastline throughout the centuries.
But your eyes can also feast on other types of views that are unique to Liguria, such as the green carpet of delicate basil plants when you visit a family-owned greenhouse, or the sight and smell of history when you walk inside and around the aristocratic Rolli Palaces, protected by UNESCO.
4. Cin Cin and Buon Appetito!
Although Liguria is not very known abroad for its wines, you will be surprised to taste its fine products, such as Rossese di Dolceacqua, Sciacchetrà from Cinque Terre, Ormeasco di Pornassio and Vermentino dei Colli di Luni.
After saying “Cin Cin” to toast to your Italian holiday, it’s time to try the countless delicacies that the local cuisine has to offer, from the famous pesto and focaccia to the lesser-known chinotto, “cucina bianca” (white cuisine), the Val di Vara roosters and food made with alternative flours such as chestnut and chickpea.
Here is why Liguria is the perfect destination for foodies.
5. Interact with local Culture & Traditions
Do you want to experience the famous Dolce Vita?
Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure provide the perfect setting where to try the Italian lifestyle between pretty squares, fine bars and restaurants, and luxury shopping.
Around Liguria’s small villages you can also live ancient local traditions, such as seasonal food festivals dedicated to anchovies, octopuses, lemons and farinata – just to mention some.
In little-known places like Portovenere you can witness an amazing religious festival where thousands of candles light up the historic center.
There are many authentic activities that allow you to meet locals and discover their traditions, such as an urban vertical tour in Genoa; visits to olive-oil mills, wineries and farms; and meeting artisans in their bottega (workshops).
6. Going off the beaten path
The idea of visiting alternative destinations with undertourism is one of the travel trends on the rise for 2020.
Liguria is so much more than Cinque Terre!
If you would like to go deeper and discover lesser-known destinations, the Italian Riviera is home to gems such as Lerici and Tellaro, Camogli, Bonassola, Boccadasse and Sestri Levante.
Visit Liguria in 2020
At BeautifuLiguria we are insiders specialized in creating memorable trips that are characterized by a wide selection of authentic activities, by our carefully selected expert guides, and by the hand-picked accommodation that is part of your unique journey in the Italian Riviera.