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The Liguria Region of Italy

Must See Locations

 

It is impossible to list all of the "Must See" locations in the region of Liguria.

 

Here we list some of the most popular and admired destinations in the region.

 

The Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Genoa is decorated on the outside by a black and white marble facade and construction was begun in the 5th or 6th centuries. It was originally dedicated to Saint Sirus who was the Bishop of Genoa. The construction of the cathedral finished in the 17th century. The dome and the medieval parts were restored in 1894-1900. The present 7 bells are tuned in the major scale of C#.

 

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It is said that the Cathedral houses the ashes of Saint John the Baptist since they

were brought back from the Crusades. Saint John the Baptist is the patron saint of Genoa. Also to be found in the Treasury of the Cathedral is the Chalice from which Jesus Christ drank at the Last Supper.

 

The organ of the Cathedral is built into the sidewall over one of the many altars and

is amply decorated with Baroque paintings.

 

Admission to the Cathedral is FREE.

Admission to the Treasury is 5.50 euros for Adults. Seniors are FREE.

 

Hours

 

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 8am to 12noon and 3pm to 7pm

Weekdays - 8am to 12:15pm and 4pm to 7:15pm

 

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The Piazza de Ferrari was named after Raffaele de Ferrari, the Duke of Galliera, an Italian philanthropist and politician who had many titles. The piazza is the main square of Genoa located in the heart of the city and renowned for tis recently restored fountain. It houses the financial heart of the city being the headquarters for banks, insurance companies and the financial district of Genoa. The fountain is flanked by remarkable buildings, including the Art Nouveau Palazzo della Borsa, which was once the country's stock exchange; and the neoclassical Teatro Carlo Felice. There is even a small market going in the morning. The piazza is located on the edges of the old city, and is historically the first large square to have been built in Genoa, in the period between the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. For the Genovese it represents the real city centre, where you meet to go shopping, to have a drink, to listen to political arguments, or to take a quick dip in the bronze fountain to cool off the summer heat, or to celebrate sporting triumphs.

 

Acquarium

The Aquarium in Genoa is another unforgettable site to see in this city of wonders. It is the largest aquarium in Italy and the second largest in Europe. It is a magnificent world

of "edutainment" for old and young alike. The entrance fee for adults is 24 euro and

there are extensive price reductions for children and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased in advance (as the aquarium is always crowded) online at www.acquariodigenoa.it.

It takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes to cover the total area. The original course of 39 tanks has a path through the tanks with fish and many reptiles, where the original natural environments of individual species are recreated. There are five large tanks, seen from both floors of the aquarium housing dolphinssharkssealsmanatees and turtles as well as countless other species of fish. The expansion of the aquarium is done by exploiting the spaces of the hull of a ship (called Ship Italy ) which has a large amount of open tanks, sometimes allowing visitors to dip hands in to touch the fish. Once a month, the Aquarium has the "Night with the Sharks", offering 35 children per night (7 to 13 years old) to sleep in front of the shark tank for the whole night to learn about the nocturnal behavior of its inhabitants. It is accessible by train or subway (metropolitana) arriving at the St.Giorgio station. It is also accessible from the Cruise terminal by Bus#1.

 

Porto Antico

Porto Antico, as the port of Genoa is known, consists of the wharfs along Genoa's old port section transformed by a native son architect, Renzo Piano, into promenades lined with palm trees and cafes, restaurants and even a "bioshpere" belonging to the aquarium. The Biosphere, a glass and steel structure located next to the aquarium hanging over the sea, houses butterflies, iguanas, ferns and other tropical plants. Its climate is controlled by automatic curtains on the inner walls allowing the precise amount of sunlight in for these species.

This is the new waterfront of Genoa where many buildings of cultural and artistic interest are located including: Pool Porto Antico, the Space Cinema, the Galata Museum of the Sea and the Theater of the Sea offering music festivals, theater performances and dance during the summer season.

 

The "Italian Riviera" consists of the fabulously romantic villages of Santa Margherita di Liguria, Camogli, Portofino, Portovenere and Sestri Levante.

 

The Italian Riviera, or Ligurian Riviera (Italian Riviera ligure) is the narrow coastal strip which lies between the Ligurian Sea and the mountain chain formed by the Maritime Alps and the Apennines. Lengthwise it extends from the border with France and the French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur) near Ventimiglia (a former customs post) to Capo Corvo (also known as Punta Bianca) which marks the Eastern end of the Gulf of La Spezia and is close to the border with Tuscany. The Italian Riviera thus includes nearly all of the coastline of Liguria. (Historically it extended further to the west, through what is now French territory as far as Monaco.)SanPietro


Porto Venere is a beautiful seaside village on the Ligurian coast. It comprises the three villages of Fezzano, Le Grazie and Porto Venere, and

the three islands of PalmariaTino and Tinetto. In 1997 Porto Venere and

the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.Portovenere
The ancient Portus Veneris is believed to date

back to at least the middle of the 1st century BC.

the name refers to a temple to the goddess Venus which was sited on the promontory where the church of Peter the Apostle now stands. 

The climate is one to be envied with no excess heat in the summer and no freezing in the winter. There

is however an abundance of rain in the autumn and the spring.

The Grotta dell'Arpaia (now collapsed and shown in the picture below), known as Byron's Grotto, from which the English poet Byron swam across the gulf of La Spezia to San Terenzo to visit Shelley in Lerici, in 1822.

 

Grotta

  • There are many interesting events occurring in Porto Venere including its participation in the Paglio of the Gulf, the traditional procession through the village streets of the White Madonna adorned with Roman torches on August 17th, the Feast of St. Venerius (patron of the Gulf of Spezia and lighthouse keepers of Italy) on September 13, on the island of Tino, and the feast of Basil held every year on April 9th.
  • Portofino

    The intriguing Italian fishing village of Portofino is noted for its upscale clientele

    including many famous celebrities.

    Statue of Christ of the Abyss, put underwater on August 29, 1954 in the small bay at a depth of 17 metres. This statue was placed to protect fishermen and scuba divers and in memory of Duilio Marcante. Sculpted by Guido Galletti, it represents a benedictory Christ who is looking up towards the sky with open arms as a sign of peace. You can visit San Fruttuoso Bay and try to see the sculpture of Christ of the Abyss. You can only reach San Fruttuso by sea. Take the public boat at reasonable price. If the money is not a problem, rent a small taxi boat. It's an unforgettable experience. Andrea Bocelli contributed to Portofino's fame by relaunching its famous song "Love in Portofino" in a concert he performed there and on his DVD with the same title. The quaint beach town Paraggi is a short walk on the pathway (pedonale) from Portofino. Walking is the best way to get around.

Castle

Santa Margherita Ligure is the first fishing village one comes to when crossing the border into Italy and the first town in the area known as the Italian Riviera. The castle to the left was built by the republic of Genoa in 1550 as a defense against numerous attacks by pirates from Northern Africa. It was restored after World War i and dedicated to the Italian victims of that conflict.

 

It is one of the most exclusive towns on the riveria di Levanto. Tourists must pass through Santa Margherita in order to reach Portofino. Here the jet set thrives in the summer at the beaches and in the restaurants and night clubs of this village, as well as the lavish boutiques.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Castello The ancient seaside village of Camogli, jewel of the Paradise Gulf, is located adjacent to the Portofino mountain, about 20 km from 

Genoa. Camogli's landscape is dotted with the small, brightly colored houses overlooking the sea and the quaint small port full of boats and little colored fishing boats, owned by the local fishermen. The Dragon’s Castle (Castello del Dragone) is located high on a rock with a vertical drop into the sea below. From this viewpoint, the magnificent panorama is a must see! The original castle was smaller and was used as a lookout and defensive system and a refuge from pirate attacks for the villagers. It is also the location where villagers vote for their elected body. Camogli, historically a fishing village with old maritime traditions, today is a tourist location with a fabulous sandy beach and an undulating surf full of sea surprises! 

 

Camogli's cuisine is also fabulous specializing in the typical fish soup served with St.Rocco's "Sailors'" crackers topping the menu along with lasagna kneaded with S.Fruttose white wine. The finale is Camogli dessert cream puffs made with rum and filled with chocolate and orange flavored confectioner's custard.

 

 


The Official Website of Monterosso, Cinque Terre

The Official Tourist Website of Porto Venere

The Official Website of the Commune of Portofino

The Official Website of the Commune of Camogli
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