Liguria region is a slim stretch of land, curving around the Tirrhenian sea, from Tuscany to the French border. Its territory alternates impressive mountains to green hills, perched above to the wonderful coast, washed by the Ligurian sea.
Starting from Genoa, included in the Unesco Heritage Site, a city that combines ancient and modern, everything here reminds tourists the story of the old Marine Republic.
Another amazing part of this region is the Western coast: it includes nice locations like Sanremo, also known as the City of Flowers, famous for being the stage of the Italian Music Festival and for its Casino.
At the same time, in the Eastern Riviera (Riviera di Levante) you’ll find the Cinque Terre area, one of the most charming spots in Italy, that includes the little towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, and at a short distance from here the lovely harbour of Portofino stands out. These locations create a little paradise: rocks are just at a short drop from the limpid sea and the colours of the ground combine with the typical colourful buildings hugging the coast.
What to do:
Liguria is also named Italian Riviera, thanks to its 300 km of coastline, washed entirely by a crystal-clear sea. Here some amazing marine life reserves among the most beautiful in Italy are located: you can go whale watching and admire magnificent species of marine fauna. Snorkelling and scuba-diving are also perfect activities to do in these locations.
You can also decide to go fishing offshore on a boat tour, or to join a boat tour by night with real local fishermen trying the suggestive “Lampara” fishing method.
Don’t miss a tour in the wonderful city of Genoa: visit the “Strade Nuove” site where the magnificent “The Rolli Palaces” stand, a group of noble residences in Renaissance and Baroque styles, built between the 16th and 18th centuries.
Another must-see location in Genoa is the astonishing Aquarium where you can discover the biggest display of aquatic biodiversity in Europe: a thrilling dive into the most fascinating waters of the world.
What to taste:
Liguria is rich in food and wine traditions, first of all the world-famous pesto: a tasty sauce made with basil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan and Pecorino cheese and extra-virgin olive oil.
You can join different tours discovering the culinary tradition of this land, tasting food and wines, or enjoying a funny cooking lesson to learn some typical recipes, that you will able to repeat even at home!
Liguria is also a region of vineyards: many high quality wines are produced here, you can taste the most renowned ones, visiting with a guided tour the areas of Rapallo, Manarola, Sestri Levante and Monterosso, tasting Cinque Terre DOC white wine and the sweet wine Sciacchetrà.