Ligury (Italy)

Liguria is a relatively small region located in the north west of Italy, and is known for its hospitable people, excellent food, medieval towns and, of course, its amazing beaches.

Its capital is Genoa and it is bordered by France in the west and Tuscany in the east. It offers a stunning coastline of 315 km. The whole region has always done business with merchants from other Italian regions and far away countries as well.

No wonder that the small towns along the Ligurian coastline are very old, and have some magnificent buildings which are all natural, architectural and artistic works of art.

The towns of Portovenere and Portofino are located in the promontory and are two of the areas main tourist attractions. Portovenere is a small town located in the Province of La Spezia where the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto also are.

The etymology and analysis of the name Portovenere is Venus’ Port and was probably named so after the temple of Venus that, according to many archaeologists, was located right where the church of Peter the Apostle is situatedd today.

So what are the attractions you absolutely should not miss during your stay in Portovenere? You can visit the Roman church of St. Lawrence, the Doria castle and the Grotta dell’Arpaia. This cave is also known as Byron’s Grotto, where, in 1822 , Lord Byron swam out of the cave to San Terenzo just to visit his friend Shelley in Lerici. Then there is the Museo della Chiesa di San Lorenzo and the beautiful “Antiquarium del Varignano” to visit.

Despite being a small fishing village,

Portofino is located on the Italian Riviera where dozens of cruise ships and yachts are moored in one of the most beautiful Mediterranean ports. Some of the beaches you may want to visit are Paraggi Beach, Chiavari, Camogli, Lavagna, and Sestri Levante.

San Remo is another remarkable town because it hosts the annual Italian music festival and offers many luxury hotels and bathing resorts for its visitors, as well as beautiful buildings such as the monastery of Benedict S. Fruttuoso.

Among the main attractions that, every year, prompt thousands of tourists to visit Liguria are the pesto alla Genovese and Genoa, which was, of course, home to Christopher Coloumbus.

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