Churches are in general decorated in the most beautiful and precious way.
This is the interior of Cattedrale San Lorenzo in Genua .
The pulpit - on the left of my pic - is made much smaller and has less ornaments than many of the other churches I saw in Italy...
but it is made of solid marble with some great sculptures in it.
And on my pic, you will also see the 2 storeys of gothic columns that build the main structure of the church and look even more impressive by the marble in different colors.
When you click on the picture, you may also see the great mosaique above the entrance-gate.
These are the 2 biggest pans in the world...
they will be used to make a great pan of roasted fishes once a year during a big festivity In Camogli on the 2nd sunday in May :
SAGRA DEL PESCE is the name of that festivity .
These 2 pans and the handle of the pans in the middle, are fixed during the year on a wall that you will pass by, when you walk from the train station to the beach
The pan is more than 4 meters wide - big enough to roast one of these cars...
Please click here in order to see a map of Camogli : www.multimap.com - Camogli
In many places of Liguria you will see a special kind of cross with the 3 upper-ends beautifully decorated like the one on my picture.
I could not yet find an explanation for this kind of decoration but it looks really interesting.
The cross on my picture I saw inside Orario Santa Croce in Via Molinelli / Monterosso al Mare.
This church is really worth seeing !!
Here you may see a small map of Monterosso & Via Molinelli :
www.multimap.com - Monterosso al Mare
What I liked most about all these villages in Cinque Terre were those green window shutters - designed in a way that allows you to keep the sun away and still have some light and air! Bending outward, with washed clothes hanging outside to dry - this is the typical image for me!
Despite the fact that Vernazza (and the rest of the Cinque Terre) have only very limited space, there is still room for winegrowing. All over the place you will see terraces with grapevines and when we were there in September, you could see lots of people harvesting.
And the result - don't miss to try it!
In Santa Marghertia Ligure you may see several small monuments like on my picture for the victims of the 2 big World Wars.
I made a picture-combination of 2 of them - you may see these monuments close to the place, where the ships will leave several times a day for Portofino.
While waiting for your ship, have a look into the big church nearby, it is really beautifully decorated ( I put a picture of it also in my tips "off the beaten path")
In order to see on the map, where to find Santa Magherita Ligure :
www.multimap.com - Santa Magherita Ligure
At many places in Liguria, the structures on the fassades are PAINTED only.
But it is done in such a perfect way, that even standing in a short distance, you may think, there are structures of stone instead of a totally even and flat wall .
My picture shows a facade in Genua, close to the port and only the small "roof" above the altar is built seperately, all the rest is totally flat, even the 2 angels around the altar.
Liguria was always well known for its skilled captains of the fast Sailingclippers and its Marine-schools and in the old times almost all of the population used to live on fishing.
These small altars, that you may see all over Liguria, were made in order to wish the sailors good luck and pray before going out on the sea.
Just take a look at the great decoration with sea-shells.
I found this altar in Camogli, but there are a lot more all over the coast.
Once that you had started to search for interesting door-knockers in Italy, you will see how many different great and fancy ones you will see:
Look at this great work of art that was used to knock on the doors of Palazzo Ducale.
These doors are really huge and about 6-8 meters high...
...and when you look up on top of these huge doors, you will also see another handle for the door in a hight of more than 6 meters...
(Was that for the giants ??)
Every year on 17th August portovenere inhabitants celebrate the White Virgin Day - the village is enlightened and the evening procession passes though the old village and reaches the church of San Lorenzo.
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