A truly marvellous countryside, all waiting to be discovered through a series of splendid itineraries. Liguria offers some unforgettable scenery, combined with some really unique tastes and perfumes. Here, sea and sky merge, the mountains stand sheer above the sea, and luxuriant vegetation grows everywhere, favoured by a climate which is very mild the whole year through.
In this region you can choose from among many different itineraries to discover nature's endless marvels: the gulf of La Spezia is enchanting, with famous locations such as Lerici and Portovenere; the Cinque Terre (five lands), a name given to five locations on the coast which cling to the mountains and dominate cultivated hills and vineyards; then there's the Levante Riviera, between Sestri Levante and Genoa, which is a succession of stupendous sea views and picturesque towns and villages, including those most typical of Liguria, namely Rapallo, Portofino, and Camogli.
However, among the countless possible tourist itineraries, one of the better known and interesting in terms of landscape, is the Riviera of Flowers. Between Genoa and the French border, lie a succession of very beautiful bays interrupted by some unbelievable promontories. This is the ideal land for flower growing. The Riviera has towns and villages full of the fascination of bygone days, with their lanes, pastel coloured houses, small piazzas and palms, which all deserve to be visited bit by bit.
This is the first town of the Cinque Terre coming from Genova. Set on hills covered with vines and olive trees, it offers the sea lover beautiful beaches and crystalline water.
The town houses Italy\'s largest arsenal, and is closely linked to maritime traffic. Sea, culture and sport are the feathers in the cap of the La Spezia administrative centre, with an eye always directed to nautical tourism.
The town which gave two Pontiffs to Christianity in the XV century, is today one of Italy\'s chief commercial and tourist ports.
The city, with its beauty spots, was also nominated European Capital of Culture for 2004. The Ligurian administrative centre has an event-rich history, and a territory acknowledged as unique throughout the world.
This town is full of loggias, porticoes, house-towers and imposing archways. Constructed on a rock spur, the fifteenth century tower of Doria Castle, dominates the town.
Part of Vernazza, Corniglia is different from the other villages of the Cinque Terre because it is the only village not situated directly on the sea. Built on top of a promontory, it is surrounded by terraced vineyards from which it is possible to see the other villages of the area.
The town was born through the union of Oneglia and Porto Maurizio in 1923. Centuries of history can be breathed among its streets and monuments, while its territory hides some places of great beauty and interest.
Riomaggiore is one of the typical terraced villages of the Cinque Terre and is also part of the National Park of the same name.
This village, the smallest of the Cinque Terre after Corniglia, is built on top of a promontory of dark rock with the port enclosed by two rocky spurs.