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The Ligurian Riviera


Liguria is the small region of north-western Italy, bordering with France. It climbs from the border with the French Riviera near Ventimiglia and finishes beyond Cinque Terre, five formerly isolated villages. The Italian Riviera thus includes nearly all of the coastline of Liguria.

Liguria is a land of contrasts, home to belle époque seaside resort towns, rocky coves, pebbly beaches and minuscule gorgeous ports. Liguria is rich in natural reserves, the landscape bristling with palm trees, parasol pines, vineyards, olive groves. And is well-known for its pesto.

The capital of Liguria is Genova, famous for its historic port. Actualy Genova divides Liguria into two main sections: the Riviera di Ponente -“the coast of the setting sun”, extending westwards from Genoa to the French border, and the Riviera di Levante -“the coast of the rising sun” .

The highest concentration is in the Levante, the glamorous eastern segment that includes the boutique sea village Portofino, that was Discovered by German and British holidaymakers in the 1920s. Portofino thus became a favorite with Princess Grace and Richard Burton and Liz Taylor. The town today is a chic berth for the yachts of the rich and famous. Not less famous is Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure, and Sestri Levante with its enchanting Silent Bay and Bay of Poets.

The coast of the “setting sun” includes the famous : city of flowers San Remo, famous for the Italian Music Festival and for its Casino; the refined towns of Bordighera and Alassio.

Festivals and different events of many types are held each year all around Liguria. The most famous is The Festival of Italian Song. It is held in Sanremo generally in Febrary, and it famous worldwide with the presence of very important Italian and foreigners singers and actors.

The Second very important is the Boat Show (it is said to be the most important in the world) is held periodically in October in Genoa. When in the May and July in GENOA takes place Regata delle Antiche Repubbliche Marinare. The site of this celebration rotates each year between the four maritime cities: Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice.

In May, during the second Saturday and Sunday in CAMOGLI takes place Feast of the Fish ( Sagra del Pesce). Fried fish made with a giant specially made frying pan and where all persons present are offered a taste. This celebration began in 1952 and coincides with the feast of St. Fortunato. When in July, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Portovenere takes place another gourmet festival Feast of the Mussels.