Liguria Off The Beaten Path

  • Feglino from the Orco, in the top of the hill
    Feglino from the Orco, in the top of the...
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  • Feglino, from the B&B
    Feglino, from the B&B
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Liguria Off The Beaten Path

  • sea and harbour

    Genoa Off The Beaten Path

    There is some monument in Porto Antico, made in a form of raw block of stone with calligraphic inscriptions over it. I couldn't find any information regarding it so in case somebody knows what it is please let me know. Thanks.

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  • Islands

    La Spezia Off The Beaten Path

    I had the chance to visit the nearby islands with a local guy I had met at a club and found it simply enchanting. In a seculed beach he was able to ride the "baloney pony' until he could not stand it anymore! What a great place! I'm cuming back soon!

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  • Surrounding, San Fruttuoso di Camogli

    Portofino Off The Beaten Path

    San Fruttuoso di Camogli - you will be able to reach it by boat or you may walk there from Portofino ( 2 hours one way ) The church is of special beauty and it dates back to 1000 A.D. For lovely pics and some infos - please have a look on the San Fruttuoso-page of Chiara ( pollon )

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  • Levanto

    Liguria Off The Beaten Path

    Nervi is a place I saw first , when I passed by in the train to Genua, and all the coastline was lighted, including the 2 small castellos and so decided to go there with Chiara the other day. Nervi has a lovely path along the coast with a lot of palmtrees and other great vegetation. My favorite place was the rosary, that looked great already in...

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  • Eastern Riviera

    Genoa Off The Beaten Path

    Bocadasse at sunset is an interesting and romantic area just minutes from the center of Genoa. It's a great place to begin shaking off the jet lag, exploring the boardwalk and neighborhoods, absorbing the culture of the residents, and falling in love with Italy!

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  • Cathedral

    La Spezia Off The Beaten Path

    Having seen on a map that La Spezia has a cathedral, we wandered around trying to find it. So far, the churches we had visited in Italy were beautiful and antique, so I was looking forward to visiting "my first" cathedral there. Unlike my expectations, it turned out that La Spezia's cathedral is a modern building, round shaped as a chimney, as...

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  • San Giorgio

    Portofino Off The Beaten Path

    The interior of San Giorgio is nice , but not very special, in comparison with plenty of other churches in Liguria and Italy. The church was almost completely destroyed in WW II and was reconstructed again afterwards. This church is also quite a popular place for marriages !

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  • palazzi

    Genoa Off The Beaten Path

    I like to observe and explore the places when strolling around, there are so many small, hidden but beautiful details that can easilly miss to our attention. Details give us an impression wheter local people love their homes, their city and do they care for it. Once upon a time alot more attention were paid to details on the house that was...

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  • surrounding, Portovenere

    La Spezia Off The Beaten Path

    . Climb up to this church on the picture in Portovenere, try to enter to it's tower to admire the view. When I was there in 1994 the tower was closed to public and there was nobody in the church to ask :-(. .

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  • San Martino church

    Portofino Off The Beaten Path

    Unfortunately the church of San Martino ( just a few steps from the main square ) was locked when I wanted to see the interior. It is in fact usual at many places in Italy to lock the churches most of the day, except for a few hours in the morning and except for church-service times of course.

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  • hillside

    Genoa Off The Beaten Path

    In Italy, as many countries in europe I assumed.. the houses locate higher on the hill are much expensive than those ones in lower area.. normally people who are rather rich will be living there.. unlike in China or Brazil.. things could come into a contrary... interesting world.. We ran into an old local lady, she told us there was a viewpoint...

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  • surrounding, lerici

    La Spezia Off The Beaten Path

    . The city is located at the center of the La Spezia Gulf called often "Golfo dei poeti" = Poets' Gulf. Driving to Lerici (south) you can stop for the moment to admire a view to the gulf and the Appeninen Mountains in the background or just stay for longer to enjoy the city beach. .

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  • castello Brown

    Portofino Off The Beaten Path

    Have a look from the terrace of the castle Brown towards the church San Giorgio : You will see, how small the peninsula gets at that place, between the bay and the open sea. And this lovely orchid in my photograph was blooming already in the end of march 2003.

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  • Il Carmine

    Genoa Off The Beaten Path

    The "Carmine" district is a part of the Historic Centre almost unknown to tourist, and to many genovese people too! It's still a bit in bad conditions, but several restorations have been done in these last year and this part of the town too is getting its former beauty again day by day! You can easily get there from Piazza della Nunziata, or going...

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  • Western riviera

    Genoa Off The Beaten Path

    Each Friday, for over 50 decades, traders and bargain hunters have flooded into Ventimiglia at dawn, creating chaotic traffic jams for the Carabinieri to sort out. Shoppers flood down from normally quiet parking areas along the side of the river and are accosted almost at once with informal stands of cheap Taiwanese toys laid on blankets on the...

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  • Peace from the past amidst the hills

    I just want to share this tiny town where my great grandfather married my great grandmother. As a first visitor to Italy, I felt as if I were in another world.I took the train from Rome to Genova, then the next day the train to Finale Ligure, and after lunch, I took a taxi, 7 kilometers up to Orco-Feglino (it's two towns in one, actually). There's...

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  • Portofino > Castle Brown & San...

    When you are in Portofino I may highly recommend to walk up to the castle Brown (on the left of my picture )in order to have the great view over the bay.The old castle had great strategic importance since times of the roman empire, as from there the whole bay of La Spezia & the Ligurian Coast could be seen and approaching enemies had no chance to...

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  • LAVAGNA

    Lavagna is a lovely town east of Genua / Genova and I stayed there for a few days simply for the fact, that I found an easy parking free of charge for my motorhome there.Lavagna has perfect connections to 5terre and Genua by train.My favorite place in Lavagna , besides the Marina, was the cemetery with a lot of great and touching sculptures - you...

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  • NERVI - a suburb of Genova / Genua

    Nervi is a place I saw first , when I passed by in the train to Genua, and all the coastline was lighted, including the 2 small castellos and so decided to go there with Chiara the other day.Nervi has a lovely path along the coast with a lot of palmtrees and other great vegetation.My favorite place was the rosary, that looked great already in...

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  • NERVI - Roseto Villa Grimaldi

    This lovely Rosary is certainly worth a visit, when you search for a nice and quiet park with great palmtrees and lovely roses...Unfortunately in March it was too early in the year to see any blooming roses... :-((But there are as well plenty of tropical flowers and trees, that I knew only in small versions, planted in a small pot in Austrian...

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  • GENUA & Righi

    In Genua you may take the funiculare to Righi - one of the hills above town.From up there you will have this wonderfull panorame-view of Genua / Genova.The funiculare takes about 15 minutes and starts in the centre of town and has a 2nd stop at half way (close to Palazzo Brutto and also the youth hostel).There is a large castle on top of Righi - in...

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  • Genua & the Righi castles

    On top of Righi - in a walking distance of about 20 minutes - you will see a massive castle, or rather the ruins of it.The castle seems to be partly used by the army and partly private and there was just a small restaurant / buffet inside the arch seen on my pic.But it was a nice walk and you may also see plenty of more castles on the nearby...

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  • Vernazza - take a look inside the church

    When arriving in Vernazza by boat you will see the small church in the bay on your left.Have a look inside the , the interior is not as richly decorated as most of the other churches in Italy, but it still looks great and you have to considder, it is more than 1000 years old and all materials had to be taken there by boatHave a look out of the...

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  • Genova - Galleria Mazzini

    Galleria Mazzini is obviously named after Giuseppe Mazzini, who was one of the revolutionaries around G.Garribaldi.This galleria is a traditional shopping-centre with great architecture , lovely chandeliers and a great atmosphere.Galleria Mazzini is just a few meters behind of Teatro Carlo Felice, and only about 200 meters from Piazza de ferrari...

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  • Genova - Palazzo Brutto

    This lovely palazzo may be seen from almost every place in Genua and so it attracted my attention and I walked up the hill behind the " Castelletto "It took me about 40 minutes to walk up there on Corso Firenze simply to find out, it is a private home now, and the closer you get, the less of it you may see.But that walk also showed me lots of other...

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  • Monterosso - Orario Santa Croce

    Have a look for this lovely Orario in Monterosso al Mare.An Orario / Oratory is a building ment to pray, BUT no real church. This oratory has a great and interesting interior in Baroque style.When you click on my picture you may see a typical cross for the area of Liguria on the right and also the model of a sailing-ship hanging down from the...

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  • Monterosso al mare > fortifications...

    Your ship in Cinque terre will land in the latge bay of Monterosso al Mare and there you may stay in the old part of town (at the trains-station) or walk through a tunnel to the new part of town (close to the large carpark )There is a tunnel - mainly for pedestrians and a few local cars - and behind this tunnel you may see this great old medieval...

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  • Principality of Seborga

    Seborga is another pretty, yet nondescript, tiny town on top of one of the hills that make up the Ligurian hinterland. Its location and its main piazza, with a frescoed Baroque church and the Palace of the Government, are beautiful enough to justify a drive while touring the Western Riviera, in the San Remo area. However, what makes Seborga unique...

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  • Off the Beaten Path in Levanto

    The picture is really three pictures:Left: As we walked from our Bed and Breakfast to the historical part of Levanto, we had to walk over a small bridge spanning a creek. This is that creek. Top Right: One day as we crossed over the little bridge, we saw these chickens downbelow near the creek. There was a ladder to get down to this spot from the...

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  • GENOVA - Roman Polanski's Pirate-ship

    This pirate-ship is another attraction in the port of Genua / Genova .It was used in Roman Polanski's film "Pirates" - and while it looks great in many ways and is certainly worth a visit, I doubt, it would be able to cross the atlantic...You may walk onboard of the ship and walk through it on your own against a moderate entrance-fee.In the back of...

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  • Boccadasse & the Ligurian coast

    It certainly makes sense to maybe rent a motorscooter or take the train and leave in small, unknown stations on your way to Genua and walk along the coastline.The coast looks really nice and plenty of rich people built their nobles homes and castles directely at the sea, like this one, I saw close to Bocadasse / Genua - when you click on the link...

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  • GENOVA / GENUA > Boccadasse

    Boccadasse was a small fishing-village once, but when Genova grew bigger and bigger, it was swallowed by the big city, BUT it kept a lot of its romantic atmosphere with tiny streets, romantic buildings and lots of fisherboats on the stoney beach.Maybe you should click on my picture to see all of it, as it was partly cut by VT.Boccadasse is also a...

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  • Santa Margherita Ligure - the church...

    Santa Margherita Ligure is the perfect place to take the ship or bus to Portofino.The town itself is nice at some places and my favorite place was this great church.You may enter it freely and without restrictions during the day and it is so beautifully decorated.The church is just a few hundred meters from the ship-station - take a look, you will...

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  • Beach

    One of the few beaches in Cinque Terre is near Corniglia in a secluded valley. To get there, walk through the old railway tunnel.

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  • inland

    the real off the beaten path in liguria is liguria itself... all the tourist is coming here to the sea resorts but liguria is actually a mountain region.

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