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  • Aquarium

    Genoa Favorites

    The aquarium in Genoa is one of the largest aquariums in Europe. My first impression of the aquarium wasn’t exactly what you call good though. When you enter the aquarium the first thing that happens is that a mascot jumps next to you and tells you to smile for a picture… arghhh! I totally dislike things like that, and yep, unusual for me, I...

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  • surrounding, cinque terre

    La Spezia Favorites

    If you're a bit confused about locations and places, take a look at a map. As you can see, Cinque Terre are part of a National Park and the five famous villages are not far from La Spezia and Levanto.

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  • general

    Portovenere Favorites

    Portovenere is located in the Gulf of Poets, which is actually a nickname given to the Gulf of La Spezia. The nickname sounds much nicer and it has its historical justification. For centuries its beauty has attracted many writers and musicians, including English poets Byron and Shelley, French novelist George Sand or German composer Richard Wagner....

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  • churches

    Genoa Favorites

    It's a week later, and I am back in Genoa. The weather was boring though.... rain, rain and more rain. But we tried to see some of Genoa despite of the weather. Unfortunately we only had a few hours to explore Genoa, not very much time to visit this huge city. Normally I would do a citywalk to get a good impression, but because of the weather we...

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  • surrounding, Portovenere

    La Spezia Favorites

    . Portovenere is a medieval sea village at the gateway to the Cinque Terre . This enchanting and naturally beautiful town dates back to the Roman era. The lovely view admired from the Church of San Pietro located at the edge of the cliff, inspired famous poets such as Shelley and Byron and from whom took the name Golfo dei Poeti (The Poets' Gulf)....

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  • S.Pietro Church

    Portovenere Favorites

    . Walk to the end of the peninsula. The village's real symbol is the unique church S. Pietro, which is directly built on a rock (cliffs). On the other (northern) side of the peninsula you can see amazing, beautiful, fantastic views of Cinque Terre coastline - look at my off the beaten paths tips. .

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  • views

    Genoa Favorites

    Before 12th century Genova emerged as an independent city-state and its main occupation was trade, shipbuilding and banking. Very soon the city become largest and most powerful navies in the Mediterranean. The modern port of Genova covers a very huge area extending for 20 kilometres along the coastline. With a trade volume of approximately 60...

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  • The naval dockyard

    La Spezia Favorites

    One thing that struck us about La Spezia was the size of the Naval Dockyard: it is huge!! When we drove past La Spezia heading for Portovenere we took a small road and drove along the naval dockyard for quite some distance. It spreads along the coast for some km, and it is obviously restricted to visitors. Looks like as it is of major importance...

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  • city walls

    Portovenere Favorites

    . Look at the ancient city walls and the tower (Torre Capitolare). Its walls are faced with ashlar- work, each dressed stone is slightly blunted. Openings to the first few floors are enriched by mullioned windows and windows with tree lights. .

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  • ancient buildings

    Genoa Favorites

    How funny is the trompe l'oeil on the façade of this building? The windows are authentic, but their balconies and all the other architectural elements are... painted! I like this technique very much! You will see this building at the beginning of via Balbi, if you come from the Piazza Principe railway station.

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  • surrounding, Lerici

    La Spezia Favorites

    Boat Trips and Restaurants My best memory of lerici and La Spezia was spending it with two special people,having a birthday meal and sitting by the sea having a fag with Vera.Also sitting outside a bar having a bottle of wine and some capers then sitting on the rocks having lunch, nice warm evenings walking walking along the sea front looking at...

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  • Poet's Gulf

    Portovenere Favorites

    Golfo dei Poeti (Poet’s Gulf) is the name of this coast, also known as La Spezia’s Gulf. It spreads from Portovenere and the Cinque Terre till Lerici, being that La Spezia is situated on a bay. It is said that Byron and Shelley named the area, since both were great admirers of this beautiful coastal landscape. They say that Byron once swam...

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  • caruggi - historic centre

    Genoa Favorites

    Sotoripa is old core of the town situated right opposite to the Porto Antico. It is network of short and very narrow streets and due to the houses which stands very close to each other it is in permanent shade. Those who coming from the Mediterranean (and I am one of them) knows it well, such a streets are always refreshing by the wind coming from...

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  • Marina and Port

    La Spezia Favorites

    La Spezia has a huge marina and port. There you may observe fancy yachts and sailing boats as well as some other more modest, but nonetheless less enjoyable. Also, there are some fishing boats on one side of the port. In La Spezia there are regular boats that take visitors to Portovenere and Cinque Terre, as well as Lerici. Visiting Corsica (for...

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  • Gates, Walls and castles

    Genoa Favorites

    Porta dei Vacca is located in the south-western part of Via Prè, near the church of San Sista. This gate was built between 1155-1159 to defend the medieval centre from enemies. Its previous name was "Porta di Santa Fede. Only after the 13th century the gate was called "dei Vacca" beacuse of the name of a family living in that neighbourhood. Porta...

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  • Porto Antico

    Genoa Favorites

    Visit the Port I found my family history. My big grandfather borned near Genova in 1865. (Lumarzo) I visited churches for to obtain information about him with a guy I met in Internet: Andrea Schenone. He was very friendly with me!!! More Info (English at Bottom) Estuve en Genova donde encontre informacion de mi bisabuelo, que me servira para...

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  • Genoa History

    Genoa Favorites

    It is an interesting thing, the English word "blue jeans" has an origin from the French word "Bleu de Gênes", meaning "blue material from Genoa". In times past, the very strong denim cloth was used to make the trousers worn by the port workers over 500 years ago. France also has played a role in the history of jeans, as the material was...

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  • outside genoa

    Genoa Favorites

    look down as you drive on the motorway from the north, or as you're getting there by train. What a scenic landscape! You'll never forget dramatic slopes storming down to the ever-blue Ligurian Sea, with slender colourful houses perched all over them. Sitting in the garden of a villa in the nearby Chiavari with my friends Andrea and Paolo. I could...

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  • THE CINQUE TERRE, LITERALLY THE FIVE...

    The Cinque Terre , literally the Five Lands, is a stretch of Ligurian coast made up of five villages built right where the rocky land finishes and the sea begins. MONTEROSSO - VERNAZZA - CORNIGLIA - MANAROLA – RIOMAGGIORE This location is famous for its topography of the coast with rocky promontories dramatically tumbling towards the water .Behind...

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  • The five villages

    There are five villages to the Cinque Terre. Their names are:Monterosso al MareVernazzaCornigliaManarolaRiomaggioreEach one is different and I have tried to summarize my impressions of them in the "Things to do" Tips. You might also want to check out the more precise individual pages for more information. The view from our terrace in Vernazza

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  • The Cinque Terre Card

    The Cinque Terre Card is your entrance card for the hiking path #2 from Monterosso al Mare to Riomaggiore (and/or vice versa). It also includes all trainrides between La Spezia and Levanto for the period of validity, which is either 1, 3 or 7 days.In 2006 the rates were as follows:- Eur 5.20 (1 day )- Eur 12.40 (3 days)- Eur 19.50 (7 days)The...

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  • Golfo dei Poeti

    The part of the Mediterranean Sea that flanks the Cinque Terre is called the Golfo dei Poeti, which means the Gulf of Poets. It is called so, because many poets have lived and worked there, amongst them Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, D'Annunzio, Marinetti, Pavese, Montale, Dickens, Ruskin and Woolf, just to name a few.The Gulf stretches from La Spezia...

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  • Romantic and Enriching

    Allan and I went shopping seperately in the town of Levento because we were purchasing gifts for each other. We ran into each other and kind of hid what we were doing....it was a sweet moment.In the summer for my birthday, we went to an Italian restarurant back home, and Allan gave me a lovely diamond necklace from a Jewelery Store in Levanto (he...

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  • Hike of the Cinque Terre

    Hiking all of the Cinque Tterre - it may be long and hard going at times but the views are fantastic. We parked the car at Riomaggiore and took the train to Monterosso and walked back to the car.The levels parts meandering through the olive groves help your legs to recover from the uphill bits - more pics in the travelogue

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  • All villages are built in terraces

    Some of the villages and towns along the ligurian coast are built into the slopes of the hills of the coastline and every little spot was used to build houses, small gardens or stairs to walk up and down.Even the beach-promenade is built in different levels, as you may see on my picture, that shows the beach-boulevard of Camogli.On "groundfloor"...

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  • Discover your roots

    Wherever your ancestors may be from, it is a great thing to go and find your roots. The picture is of fellow VT member leostarico standing on the street named for his great-grandfather. He was exhilarated!

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  • Cnque Terre

    In the westermost area of the Ligurian Riviera are the beautiful Cinque Terre fishing villages clinging to the hill slopes and hiding in picturesque inlets. They once were only accessible by boat but are now linked by train. The best way to see them though is to hike along the old mule track linking the five villages.

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  • In the mountains

    Visit the little places in the mountains. It's really beautiful there, great landscape, beautiful places l, friendly people ....

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