is a playground for the rich and famous. It is a feast for travellers
offering magnificent beaches, to skiing, mountain climbing and skin
diving. With a coastline that has
clean beaches, a mild climate all year round from the protecting
mountains, coastal and mountain villages and good Italian
food, Liguria has it all!
2/5ths of the population live in the capital city of Genoa
Liguria is one of the smallest regions, it has the largest population
density in Italy, after Campania
90% of the people live
along the coast and 2/5ths live in the capital city of Genoa. Due to
their lifestyle, the mild climate and their Mediterranean diet, The
people from Liguria have one of the highest life expectancy rates in
The Ligurian people are known to be frugal with their money, and
resourceful with the use of the little land that they have. A typical
Ligurian is swarthy, with black hair, many of whom are of Greek origin.
Camogli Liguria Italy
Liguria italy home to 2 Italian Rivieras:
- Riviera di
Ponente which includes the Riviera dei Fiori
Both of these rivieras are neatly bisected with Genoa
in the middle.
The overdeveloped Riviera
, west of Genoa
, has some of the most
expensive holiday resorts in Europe, and if you don't want to break the
bank, it is best to stay elsewhere and may day trips to this area.
East of Genoa
the Riviera di Levante
untouched villages set in mountain terrain.
you are looking for a busy, tourist destination then head for the west
where you will find colourful and thriving seaside towns
like San Remo
which has 1 of
only 4 casinos in Italy. You will also
along the azure
coastline, and unspoilt hilltop villages steeped in tradition such as Apricale
Isolabona, Pigna, Ceriana
and Dolceacqua, to name
just a few.
east of Liguria is more undeveloped and rugged. It is less
commercialized in places and therefore considered off the beaten path.
Exceptions to this are the heavily visited town of
and the 5 towns
of Cinque Terra.
people today come to Liguria for the wonderful climate, the clean
beaches the fresh seafood and many unspoilt villages both on the coast
and in the mountains that have largely remain unchanged over time.
If you wish to avoid the busy roads and congestion during the summer,
especially in July and August, as well as during festival times, then
avoid the S1 when travelling between towns and take the A10 if you are
travelling west, or the A12 if travelling east. These roads will help
avoid the snarl-ups you might encounter.
Riviera Dei Fiori
Riviera Dei Fiori
translated means the Flower Riviera.
This is because cut flowers are grown on the many flower farms in the
region due to the mild climate. It is also the home of the
largest botanical gardens. This is the Hanbury Garden (Giardino
Hanbury) started in 1867 and can be found at Mortola
those of you who love gardening, this is not to be missed. It is a
special place where not only will you find plants and flowers from 5
different continents, you will also be able to enjoy spectacular views
of the coast from the gardens.
See the official website for more information: http://www.giardinihanbury.com/
Ventimiglia is the first
Ligurian town you will come across as you
leave France and enter Italy. It is a typical border town that can get
really busy during weekend markets when the French descend looking for
However, Ventimiglia has been around for a long time. In fact, during
the Roman era it was called Albintimilium and as a result you can find
some important Roman ruins in this town. There is a 2nd century AD
arena with its first level of steps still in tact, the porta di
Provenza (Gate to Provence), baths and mosaic floors.
This is also the place where you can explore the Caves of Balzi Rossi .
Hidden below the village of Grimaldi,
which rises steeply out of the
sea, are the caves of
Balzi Rossi. Their name coming from the
reddishness of the rocks. These caves were used 200, 000 years ago by
cave men. We know this as many archaelogical digs unearthed
tools, ornaments and fossils of animals. These can all be found at the
National Museum of Prehistory in Ventimiglia.
stone's throw from Ventimiglia
resort. Many Englishmen moved here towards the end of the
and evidence of this can be seen. Instead of the usual
cappuccino one can see many sipping afternoon tea instead.
Because it was the first European town to grow palm tress on its
coastline, it is now the official provider of palm fronds to the
Vatican for Palm Sunday and other Easter celebrations.
It is a less commercial city in the area, and a better choice than San
Remo if you are looking for somewhere with less tourists.
nice thing about Bordighera
is that unlike other towns on the Riviera
it doesn't close down over winter, and has many fine hotels and
restaurants for every budget.
San Remo, Italy is a
lively, bustling seaside resort known
for its many
beaches, medieval architecture in the old quarter, La Pigna,
casino. This is the capital town of this area and
is a mecca for
tourists and sunworshipers.
The beaches are good in places with miles of fine sand, and in others
not so good with pebble beaches instead. However, San Remo is a good
place to base yourself if you want to explore the Flower Riviera and
also its hinterland. Is a place with great restaurants too.
Imperia, 26 kms from
Remo going east is in fact two towns. It is
made up of Porto Maurizio,
a Medieval town, and Oneglia
town known for its oil refining and pharmaceuticals. Forget
is ugly and hasn't any redeeming features. The Medieval
town is different. It has an almost intact Medieval center, the Parasio
quarter, and narrow streets, cobbled alleyways and stone
Best Places to Visit in Liguria
5 Beautiful Small Towns to Visit in Liguria
3) Cinque Terre and Porto Venere
4) San Remo
Ancient ruin looking out from the Ligurian Coastline
Slow Food Italy - Food from Liguria Italy
The local Ligurian food has been shaped by the dense population living
on such a small amount of land, as well as those that came before; the
Romans, Greeks, Barbarians, Lombardians, the Normans and the Saracens
have all heavily influenced the cooking of the region.
It is heavily influenced too by its location, and so most dishes that
are eaten are fresh from the sea where mussels and anchovies take pride
of place with many dishes created around these two prizes of
Liguiran cooking is based on humble ingredients, and again
resourcefulness of using every bit of the animal or plant in their
cooking. One such regional Lingurian dish is Ventresca di
, suffed calf stomach. Stuffed with
cheese, pistachio nuts, cheese, tongue, other vegetables and
ingredients it is then baked in the oven.
The Ligurians are a master at using mountain herbs gathered in the
spring and summer to compliment their dishes. Borage is still widely
used as a substitute for spinach when it is not available and used in
a Genovese dish of tripe flavoured with mushrooms and pine
a chickpea soup. Another soup is Mes'ciua
with boiled chickpeas, beans and spelt, an ancient grain seen
throughout this area, as well as Tuscany and known locally as faro
from this region and when made fresh with the right ingedients is
sublime. Forget about that rubbish you see in bottles on the
supermarket shelves. Make your own as it is so simple. Use olive oil,
basil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan and you have a wonderful
signature Ligurian dish.
Pasta is also different here. Here you can find past like troffie
as ravioli such as pansotti
which is a stuffing made with oven-cooked vegetables and herbs with a
delicious walnut sauce.
and savoury pies are a speciality of this region, from the simple
focaccia with oil and rosemary to those filled with cheese. One of my
favorite savoury pies of the region is torta
layers of puff pastry filled with spinach, ricotta cheese, herbs and
A dessert that is frequently seen is torta di riso
which is a rice cake made with rosewater and sugar.
Wine from Liguria Italy
here cling to the cliffs overlooking the sea and the grape grows
tenaciously blessed by the balmy climate and kissed by the sea breezes
off the coast. North of La
in the Cinque Terre
villages, vines are grown on steep and inaccessible terraces,
where they have been grown like that since ancient times.
di Levante produces some very good whites, especially Cinque
Terre DOC, a dry white with a delicate bouquet, as well as the
Sciacchetr�, hard to find, but a great red after-dinner wine.
Other good Ligurian
from the Riviera
notable whites, but Pigato
strongly recommended. And then ther is Rossese di
being a very drinkable, and delicate red, along with Valpolcevera
Markets Liguria Italy
There is nothing better than to wonder around local markets looking at
handicrafts, homegrown produce and antiques doing the rounds. In towns
and villages around Liguria there are regular antique markets that take
place where you may be lucky enough to pick up a bargain.
Here are some of the antique and handicraft markets that you will find
in the area.
(July) Antique market.
(Viale delle Palme on Saturdays and Via
on Sundays, third weekend of the month) About 30 stands. This is a
great market for collectors with an array of interesting objects to
(Piazza XXVI Aprile, first Sunday of the month)
About 20 to 30 stands of furniture and antique
- Calice Ligure
(May and September) Handicrafts market
(August) Antique market
Ligure (End of August) Jewelry
market of gold and silver jewelry
(Via Martiri dellaLliberazione e Caruggio Drito,
second Sunday of the month and following Saturday). Antique market of
about 120 stands.
- Finale Ligure
(Chiostro di Santa Caterina, first Saturday and
Sunday of the month). Antique market of about 30 stands.
(Palazzo Ducale, first Saturday of the month
except in August and September. In December the market takes place on
the second Saturday of the month). Flea and antique market of about 80
(Piazzetta della Chiesa, Piazza Martiri, first
Sunday of the month). This is a good opportunity to browse and see the
curious and the ancient all in one place.
(July) Beautiful regional market with all sorts of local handicrafts.
(September) Antique market
(May and September) Flea market (July) Antique market
- Pietra Ligure
(Piazza XX Settembre and Piazza La Pietra, last
Saturday and Sunday of the month). Handicraft and antique market of
about 50 stands.
(Piazza Nicoloso, third Sunday of the month)
Antique market of about 30 stands.
(First Sunday of the month) Antique market
(August) Antique market
(Historic Town, first Saturday and Sunday of the
month). This is a unique flea market where you can buy antique ceramics.
(Historic Town, central square, second Sunday of
the month). About 80 stands of handicrafts and antiques
How to Get There: By car:
If you are travelling by car, western Liguria borders France and
Ventimiglia is the first coastal town you will come across along the
A12 or Autostrada. If you are looking at distances:
Genoa to Nice
= 2.5 hours on the A10
Genoa to Milan
= 2 hours on the A7
Genoa to Rome =
6 hours on the A12
Liguria well connected by rail to the rest of Italy. Genoa to Milan
= 1.5 hours
Genoa to Rome
= 5 hours
Genoa is the port for ferries to other parts of Liguria and Italy, as
well as from other countries, including the USA. This is the
for cruise ships that make frequent calls on their Mediterranean
cruises and others. By Plane:
The international airport in Liguria is just outside of Genoa is the
Cristoforo Colombo International Airport.