Area: 5.420 km² - Population: 1.571.783
The regional capital is Genoa
It borders with: Emilia Romagna, Piedmont, Tuscany,
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If you want to spend your holidays going with your family, Liguria offers its visitors not only beach and sea. The advice is to pass up the beach on super crowded weekends in July and August, and to explore fascinating local beauties and offer general.
Varigotti beach, Finale Ligure, close to Savona, looks like a long sandy beach, a short distance from the town of Finale Ligure. Surrounded by rock walls, it is lapped by the clean water and can be reached by car or by boat. Nearby there is the tower of Saracens, that you must visit.
Extended for about 4 km, the beach of Cavi di Lavagna, close to Genoa, alternates pebbles and sand and qualifies as one of the longest stretches of coast of the Ligurian coast, in the east side. Awarded the Blue Flag, it is easily accessible and is contained away from the picturesque fishing village of Cavi, marked by colorful houses, shops and streets.
In the chic district of Portofino, the Paraggi Beach is a small and beautiful bay, which offers a haven of peace in the silence of the surrounding greenery. The colors of the sea are spectacular, as well as the seabed arouse a great attraction for those who practice diving. A unique place!
One of the most beautiful bays of the Ligurian coast is, undoubtedly, the Gulf of Poets with the beautiful town of Lerici and the enchanting Porto Venere. You can also see the performance of Cinque Terre, with small villages perched on the rock, the marinas, the many coves of crystalline water. The best way to visit the area is definitely planning a cruise in that day from La Spezia or Lerici runs through the protected marine area of Cinque Terre to Monterosso. Along the way, during which the children will be fascinated by the ships of the team, as they are called frigates and cruisers of the Navy, you can stop at any time to visit the area. Mom and dad surely enjoy eating the amazing anchovies in a restaurant of Monterosso.
The Adventure Park in Val di Vara, the first to open its doors in Liguria, offers the possibility of an exciting day of adventure and nature. Featuring of the longest cable-way in Europe and 30 platforms positioned at different heights, it is suitable for both children and adults, with increasing levels of difficulty depending on personal skills and abilities. Besides the acrobatic courses through the trees, the park allows you to organize picnic on the grass or take advantage of hiking trails or mountain bike.
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The Italian Riviera Ligure is a continuation of the French Riviera, separated by the Piemonte mountain range.
With a wider variety of landscape, but less tourist bustle, this popular area is the perfect introduction to the Italian coastline. In many places vineyard covered mountains drop in sheer cliffs to the sea and are dotted with isolated villages.
The atmospheric port of Genoa is centrally located on the coastline and is the region's main city, and is the perfect base for exploring the area. West of Genoa, on the Riviera di Ponente, are more resorts aimed at the family market with long stretches of sandy beaches. Towns to explore with centuries of history are Albenga and Noli, as well as the seaside town of Finale Ligure.
The Levante coast, east of Genoa, is wilder and was a popular destination for 19th century Romantics, artists and poets. Popular resort towns here are the upmarket Portofino, and Santa Margherita Ligure. A great way to explore this beautiful, and mainly unspoilt area, is by taking the railway that hugs the coastline and stops at every town.
The Ligurian Riviera has a mild climate and is visited all year round, but is very hot and crowded in August, while November and December are the rainy months.
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Spend your next holiday taking in the ancient towns and sights along the famous Ligurian coastline of the Golfo del Tigullio (Gulf of Tigullio) in the metropolitan city of Genoa, Italy.
Sleep, dine, dance, eat, learn, tan and play in the big towns of Rapallo and Chiavari, or in any one of the medieval villages along one of Italy's most important coastlines overlooking the sparkling Ligurian Sea, which is home to a variety of dolphin and whale species.
For sea-bound travellers, there are many fairly priced, multi-day, private boat tours which are by far the most relaxing way to take in all of the coastline villages as well as the region's three proudest mountains: Maggiorasca, Penna and Aiona (snow-covered year round).
The mountains themselves feature well-maintained hiking trails peppered with authentic, cock-a-hoop architectural, historical and cultural hotspots. The best Italian holidays include taking time for the sights of the ancient Ligurian region's rocky mountainsides, sea coves or bygone cultural pavilions. Get there if you can.
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Liguria is a paradise for foodies and for wine-loving travellers.
Visitors to the scenic coastal northern Italian region can choose from a variety of milieus, culinary activities and cultural highlights to savour to the full.
Coming from Tuscany, La Spezia is the first port of call-here visitors can enjoy a typical local soup of cereals and grains slow cooked in the famous local olive oil. Regional capital Genoa is the birthplace of the most famous pasta sauce ever: pesto. This exquisite concoction of pine nuts, basil, cheese and olive oil can be enjoyed in several trattorias and small restaurants in this vibrant city.
The small town of Recco in the province of Genoa, further West towards France, is the home of the cheese focaccia: rosemary, olive oil and local cheeses make this fluffy flat bread a delectable snack any time of day. The hilly hinterland of Varese Ligure, meanwhile, has been recently re-branded as organic valley: here visitors can visit organic agriturismos and dairies producing delicious local artisan cheeses but also offering cured meat and wine tasting sessions.
Wine aficionados can enjoy a variety of red and white qualities in Liguria: the astonishingly picturesque Cinque Terre district is the hotspot for viticulture and offers local wines such as Cinque Terre DOC and the rare Sciacchetrà, a fortified wine obtained from the best grapes of the Bosco Albarola and Vermentino varieties, let to brew on trellises in traditional wine cellars. Other DOC wines of the Ligurian riviera include the hearty Rossese and delicate rosé Ormeasco, available to taste in the best Enoteca wine bars in the region.
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