Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy which stretches around the coast from the French border in the west to Tuscany in the east. The capital of Liguria is Genoa which is located at the center of the coastline and is best known as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.
Liguria is often called the “Italian Riviera” and it is one of the smallest regions of Italy with fashionable resorts and the busiest commercial ports. The region features amazing mountains and lovely rolling hills overlooking the Ligurian Sea. The area has much to offer including stunning nature, mountains, culture, entertainment and nightlife. There are gorgeous crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean with its characteristic rocky coasts interrupted by small coves and beaches with golden sand.
Due to large number of seaside resorts dotted along its coastline the region is known as the Italian Riviera. The coast to the west is known as the Riviera di Ponente containing resorts of San Remo, Imperia, Alassio, Loano and Finale Liguria. The coast to the east is known as the Riviera di Levante containing the famous harbors of Camogli, Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Sestri Levante as well as the famous hillside area called Cinque Terre.
Liguria offers a number of wonderful attractions and some of them are classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO for their uniqueness as well as historical and natural value. For example, these sites include Genoa – the capital city of the region. The city is definitely worth visiting due to its culture, places, food and ancient atmosphere. Another UNESCO Site is Cinque Terre which are five beautiful seaside towns including Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.
Liguria offers a lot of different activities to every taste including scuba-diving, snorkeling or hiking. There are also many festivals and fairs which take place in Liguria including Festival of Italian Music where singers and new talents take part and International Nautical Fair.
Location: North-Western Italy
Capital of the region: Genoa
Sights: Palazzi dei Rolli, Spianata Castelletto, Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere
Cuisine: You should try: Trenette, pansòuti con la salsa di noci, Corzetti, Testaroli, Aggiadda
Hotels: Belmond Hotel Splendido, Grand Hotel Savoia
Shopping: Almost all the towns and even the small villages have open air flea markets and weekly food markets. In Genoa every month on the first Saturday, in Palazzo Ducale there is a large market which takes place which is worth to be visited.