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The Liguria Region of Italy



Things Everyone Doesn't Know!


Ligurian Cuisine


Probably the most famous Ligurian dish is pesto which is a green sauce made of basil, pine nuts, garlic and pecorino cheese pounded together with olive oil. It is usually served over trofie, a type of Genovese pasta.


Seafood and fish dishes are obviously very tasty in Liguria: fish soups, stoccafisso (stockfish) like ciuppin, which is a precursor of San Francisco's cioppino, and buridda and zemin (a soup made with garbanzo beans), are very popular and characteristic specialties of the region, along with stuffed and fried sardines


Liguria has many vineyards and is noted for such wines as Ormeasco and Rossese from Dolceacqua, and Vermentino, Ciliegiolo and Bianchetta from Genoa. There are many others; it is recommended that one try the local wines. Excellent extra-virgin olive oil is also produced in western Liguria. It is pressed from the Taggiasca olives which are small, dark, and tasty.The Benedictine monks introducedthe cultiviation of these olives in Liguria centuries ago.

A special treat is a dish called cima genovese (cold veal stuffed with greens and cheese). Another choice is stewed rabbit (hare) with the famous taggiasche olives, pignoli nuts and rosemary.
Genova is noted for its focaccia called fugassa, i.e. a thick crust covered with onions and olive oil. Another focaccia called farinata is thin and made with chickpea flour.


From Rapallo comes a delicious dish called Pansoti di Rapallo which is a round ravioli filled with hard-boiled egg, spinach and grated cheese.




If you can, visit Lerici, a small town in the province of La Spezia on the coast of the Gulf of La Spezia. It is noted as the place where the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned. You can go by ferry from Lerici to Cinque Terre and Portovenere. Visit its castle which was built in 1152 as a defense and control for the Gulf of la Spezia and used during the Crusades as a hospital. The crusades are remembered in legend and in the names of some area places among which is the "Tomb of the Crusades" and the "Rock of Orlando" who was cut in two by a "cavaliere". San Terenzo has maintained the aspect of Liguria. It is in a beautiful position joining the sea and the beach. On the extreme left is the Castle built on a knoll projected out to the sea with a magnificient view. Today it is a museum of palaeontology.

BrownCastleBrown Castle in Portofino


Located high above the harbor of Portofino, Castle Brown is an ancient fortress used as a defensive fort, evidence of which is derived from past history and excavations. The ruins of a roman tower dating back to the II-III century were uncovered there.
Originally occupied by Tommaso of Campofregoso, doge of the genoese republic, who conquered Portofino defeating the duke of Milan Filippo Maria Visconti. In the 15th century, it became a property of the genoese republic which restored it and armed it against Saracen pirates' attack. In recent times, its name derives from sir Montague Yeats Brown,  the english consul who bought it in 1870. In 1961 the castle became the property of the municipality of Portofino which uses it to host important cultural events and exhibitions. The grounds include a large garden with flowers and rose trees, from which tourists can admire the spectacular gulf of Tigullio. Inside building houses a museum with unique marble bas-relieves, majolica floor tiles, lombard groin vault, carved lintel and a precious Raffaellino and Giulio de Rossi's triptych which dates back to 1550.


Opening Times 
Until October: Open from Tuesday to Thursday 10.00 a.m - 7.00 p.m
Friday and Saturday 10.00 a.m - 10.00 p.m / Sunday 10.00 a.m to 7.00 p.m / closed on Monday

From October: Open all days except on Monday 10.00 a.m- 7.00 p.m 
From 1st of November to 31st December 
Open on Saturday-Sunday 10.00 a.m - 7.00 p.m

Ticket price
Full price ticket € 6,00 - Reduced price ticket € 4,00 
Free entry for the inhabitants of Portofino


Cinque Terre National Park



Established on October 6, 1999, Cinque Terre National Park (left) is recognized for its considerable scenic, agricultural, historical and cultural value.  In addition to the territory of the towns of Cinque Terre (RiomaggioreManarolaCorniglia,Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare), the Cinque Terre National Park includes parts of the communes of Levanto (Punta Mesco) and La Spezia (Campiglia Sunsets). Cinque Terre was included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.The five medieval towns along the Ligurian Coast provide scenic views of rugged terrain circled with terraced stone walls, where the mountains of 'Appennino Ligure head straightdown to the sea. The Cinque Terre Nationaland protected Marine area is the first Italian park created to safeguard a landscape that has been mostly built by humans dubbed “the park of Man.”

Cinque Terre is a tourist destination that draws people from all over the world, the numbers rising to 3.5- 5 million in the month of August alone.  It is definitely worth a visit for its magnificient scenery alone!


LavagnaStemLavagna - "Torta dei Fieschi" celebration


Lavagna is a tourist port city of about 13,000 inhabitants in the area of the Italian Riviera di Levante called the gulf of Tigullio, not far from Genoa. The borgo of Lavagna was an important Ligurian cultural center in the Middle Ages. Today the long stretch of beach is crowded with tourists in August.


The festivities surrounding the "Torta dei Fieschi" recreate the medieval celebration of the 1230 Tortawedding of Count Opizzo Fieschi, older brother of Sinibaldo (future Pope Innocent IV) and Bianca Bianchi, a Sienese patrician woman. The inhabitants of the six quarters (sestieri) of Lavagna dress up in colorful old costumes and behave as if they were attending a real wedding. The parade passes through the streets of Lavagna bringing music to every corner until they reach the Piazza Vittorio Veneto where a huge wedding cake is distributed to those in the crowd who have found the matching half of their tickets. This festival is held every year on August 14th. No one knows for certain if this wedding really occurred, but it doesn't matter because the inhabitants love this spectacle. All are invited!




Located in Northern Italy, Albenga is a city and comune situated on the Gulf of Genoa on the Italian Riviera in the Province of Savona in Liguria. Its nickname is  city of a hundred spires. The economy is mostly based on tourism, local commerce and agriculture.


Albenga is noted for its ancient Roman ruins. The Via Julia Augusta was restructured by Emperor Augustus in 13 BC and was the most important communication link in the Riviera up until the construction of the Napoleonic road closer to the sea, which is the current site of the Via Aurelia. Its has numerous Roman buildings used for funerary celebrations, and is a beautiful archaeological walkas well as a panoramic and naturalistic one. Albenga is also home to the remains of a Roman amphitheatre dating from the 3rd century BC and is the only example of theatrical construction known on the entire Western Riviera.



A short distance away from the Amphitheatre and from the Via Julia Augusta, is the so-called 

Pilone (left), standing on the eastern slope of the Mount. This is the most renowned and characteristic Ingaunian funeral monument.


Also in the mount area is the Palaeo-Christian Basilica of S. Calocero (4th–5th century). It was built on the latter martyr's tomb( Below right).SanCalocero


The Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art and the PaleoChristian Baptistery of Albenga are not to be missed. Conserved inside is a rich collection of art works across thousands of years of history. Walking through its rooms, one can admire paleochristian finds, medieval paintings,15th century tapestries and sculpture from the 16th century. The highlight of the collection is the Martyrdom of Saint Catherine of Alessandria by Guido Reni, the Miracle of Saint Verano by Giovanni Lanfranco and Saint John in the Dessert , an antique copy of Carravagio.
In addition to the museum, one can visit the paleochristian Baptistry, one of the principal and famous paleochristian monuments in Italy. Of particular interest is the Byzantine mosaic with the initials of Christ and the doves that represent the apostles from the beginning of the 6th century. The Museum and the Baptistry offer the possibility to take a journey back in time to view and admire more than a thousand years of the history of art in the Ligurian Ponente.





The Official site of the Comune of Lerici

The Official site of the National Park of Cinque Terre

The Official site of the Comune of Lavagna

The Official site of the Comune of Albenga
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