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Liguria is full of small villages full of life, colors and fantastic views, parks, museums, towers and castles, sea caves, activities, nightlife, typical flavors and history. Come and discover all its secrets.
Portofino is a fishing village on the Ligurian Riviera. Pastel-colored houses, exclusive boutiques and restaurants with fish specialties overlook the cobbled Piazzetta overlooking the harbor. A path connects the Piazza to Castello Brown, a 16th century fortress with a museum that hosts numerous art exhibitions.
S. Margherita is characterized by a closed basin and is located in the inner part of the Gulf of Tigullio. Here the most popular building to visit is Villa Durazzo-Centurione which consists of a large seventeenth-century park in which there is an interesting Italian garden. While the Ligurian castle of S. Margherita runs along the sea.
Typical fishing village, a tourist center known for its small port and its colorful buildings along the seafront. It is also called the “City of the thousand white sailing ships”. The Basilica Minore si Santa Maria Assunta overlooks the small harbor below and stands on what was the ancient settlement of the island, appearing almost decentralized.
The Abbey of San Fruttuoso can be reached by sea. Born as a Benedictine monastery, it became a haunt of pirates, then a humble fishermen’s dwelling and then for centuries owned by Doria princes. Overlooking the bay, with a small equipped beach embraced by thick Mediterranean vegetation. In its depths there is the Christ of the abyss.
Zoagli is a small village nestled between the coastal towns of Rapallo and Chiavari. This seaside resort is famous for its pedestrian cliff overlooking the sea. There are also several natural woodland paths, one of which traces the ancient Roman road, it is called “of the five bell towers” because it connects the ancient churches.
Here the famous Chiavari chair is produced. It is interesting to visit the imposing cathedral of Nostra Signora dell’Orto which is among the most important in the Tigullino territory and the former palace of Justice in medieval style with forms inspired by Tuscan Gothic. The most beautiful beaches of Chiavari are: the Baia del Silenzio and Baia delle Favole.
The Cinque Terre are ancient fishing villages with ports crowded with boats. It is characterized by colorful houses and vineyards clinging to the steep terraces created on the coast. The Sentiero Azzurro, a hiking trail that stretches along the coast, connects the Cinque Terre with each other and offers splendid views of the sea.
At the end of this peninsula there are three small islands: the Palmiera, the Tino and the Tinetto; only the island of Palmaria, which rises right in front of the village of Portovenere beyond a narrow stretch of sea, is inhabited to a small extent. Numerous caves can be found for excursions: the Blue Grotto, the Volcanic Grotto and the Grotta dei Colombi.
Vernazza is one of the five secular villages that make up the Cinque Terre. The Church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia has a bell tower surmounted by an elegant dome. Set among the rocks, Castello Doria is a medieval defensive structure with a cylindrical tower. Just below the castle is the Bastione Belforte.
It is the heart of a vast metropolitan area and is the second largest port in Italy for goods traffic after Trieste. In the historic center is the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, in Romanesque style. Narrow streets lead to monumental squares such as the Piazza de Ferrari, with the characteristic bronze fountain and the Carlo Felice opera house.
The green spaces of Sanremo include the park of Villa Ormond, with a Japanese garden, palm trees and ancient olive groves. Housed in an elegant Art Noveau building, the historic Sanremo Casino includes a theater. Nearby, the Church of San Salvatore is characterized by 5 onion domes and the Cathedral of San Siro, dating back to the 12th century.
Here are two absolutely unmissable villas: Villa Grock, which offers a fairytale itinerary in the former home of a clown transformed into a museum and Villa Biener also called “the Land of Wonders”. The Gardens, cared for and filled with special hedges and flowers, are the setting for sculptures and works created by artists from all over the world.