The region Liguria is a strip of land in the north west part of Italy, which borders mainly with Piedmont (north) and France (west). Like Venice for the Veneto region, Genova was the capital of an important maritime republic, which made an incredible fortune during the middle ages, trading with the Orient.
Its diverse coastline, which features rocky coasts, small natural harbors and beaches of fine golden sand, is the reason why Liguria is the perfect location for a summer holiday.
Let’s start discovering this beautiful land from the city where the famous explorer Christopher Columbus was born: Genova (Genoa). The best way to discover this city is a walking tour: don’t miss the “Strade Nuove”(new streets), Via Garibaldi and Via Balbi, where you’ll find some of the most important residences built by the city’s wealthiest and most powerful aristocratic families of the city around 16th and 17th century, visit also the narrow and typical streets of the historic center. If you’re staying a couple of days you can also plan a day trip to Sanremo, known as the City of Flowers and for the most famous Italian national music festival.
Le Cinque Terre is the name of a district that includes five little towns: Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. This district is famous for the beauty of the sea, the particular and colorful towns and the surroundings, where where wild nature is interspersed with vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards. A treat for your senses, perfect place to relax and please your eyes with the spectacular views. To make the most of this experience, have a walk along the Via dell’Amore (the street of love), that links Manarola and Riomaggiore.
Along with your eyes, even your sense of taste is in for a real treat.As everyone knows, Genova is the city where the pesto was invented, so having some pasta al pesto while you visit the area is mandatory, but make sure you also try some of the renowed seafood and fish dishes: fish soups like ciuppin and buridda with stockfish, as well as stuffed and fried sardines. The typical fugassa bread, a soft and thick focaccia covered with onion slices and olive oil, or the thin farinata, a baked savoury pancake made with chickpea flour are also worth a try. Enjoy!