Liguria Things to Do

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Liguria Things to Do

  • Via San Lorenzo and the cathedral

    Genoa Things to Do

    The San Lorenzo Cathedral or St. Laurence Cathedral is Genoa's stunningly beautiful black and white striped cathedral. It was founded in the 4th or 5th century. Since the Crusades it has housed the ashes of Saint John the Baptist -San Giovanni Battista, the patron saint of Genoa. The cathedral had a very lucky escape on February 9th, 1941, when...

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  • Beach

    Monterosso al Mare Things to Do

    Besides Fegina beach resort Monterosso has another sandy beach which stretches right in front of the old town. The town beach is slightly smaller but equally so is perhaps less attractive for swimming, due to a fact that it is, at the same time, the port of Monterosso. On the one side, there where is a harbour, the beach is bordered with a pier and...

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  • Hiking

    Vernazza Things to Do

    A camera and a sturdy pair of shoes are all you really need to keep you busy in Vernazza. There are a few small shops to browse and ristorantes for kicking back with a glass of wine but pottering up and down the hills and steep, narrow little streets is what it’s really all about. Here and there you’ll find remnants of medieval structures that...

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  • The Cinque Terre trails

    Manarola Things to Do

    Everyone else has written about this silly thing but what’s one more review, eh? The section of the Blue Trail (Sentiero Azzurro, #2 on a CT trail map) that runs between Manarola and Riomaggiore is more pedestrian highway than hiking path. It is flat; it is paved; it is short (about 1/2 mile); all of which makes it attractive to any tourist who...

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  • surrounding, Cinque Terre

    La Spezia Things to Do

    The walk from Riomaggiore to Monterosso al Mare (an 18 km/11 mi hike), at the steadily-decreasing-in-price-per-day-bought price of 5 Euro for one day, is quite a bargain. You get breathtaking views of the mountains, or rather cliffs, the Mediterranean, and the five cliffside and seaside towns, which all have a similiar, but each slightly varied...

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  • Castello Brown

    Portofino Things to Do

    The climb "up the hill" from the port is quite strenuous for "older" people so take it easy and just pace yourself. My legs certainly were complaining when I reached the top but the views were wonderful and I felt it worth the trek.

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  • Church of S. Pietro

    Portovenere Things to Do

    Doria Castle or Fortress was built in somewhere between the 12th and 17th centuries. Climbing through the narrow streets to the ancient castle is quite a hike, but the effort is worthwhile. The road is rough and steep in places but the views are incredible.

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  • Baia del Silenzio

    Sestri Levante Things to Do

    Bay of Silence is a wonderful quiet romantic bay. It has a small boardwalk, but most of the houses come as far as the beach. It's a public beach where you will find many locals. In front of the boardwalk you'll find the typical boats called "gozzi", resting on the beach after a fishing trip. I liked this part of Sestri Levante the best.

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  • cinque terre

    Liguria Things to Do

    Hi, October is good to see Cinque Terre, mostly good to walk on the beautiful trails passing through the villages and manarola as well, of course, since the weather is not hot anymore as in the summertime. As to find best deals have a look on this site http://www.arbaspaa.com/. They arrange personailzed tours and also offer informations about...

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  • Palazzo Ducale & Piazza De Ferrari

    Genoa Things to Do

    Piazza De Ferrari is Genoa's most important public square. It links Genoa's historical heart with its modern, commercial centre. In the middle of the square a large fountain shoots jets of water into the air. Several important buildings are located on this square. The Palazzo Ducale which means Doge's Palace has its main entrance round the...

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  • Hiking

    Monterosso al Mare Things to Do

    An enormous amount of travelers come to the Cinque Terre to hike the fabled trails between the five villages in this UNESCO site. Yes, they're beautiful. Yes, you should do at least some of them if physically able to. Yes, you must purchase a pass to do that. No, it's not certain that every route will be open at any given time. This is one of...

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  • Chiesa di Santa Margherita d'Antiochia

    Vernazza Things to Do

    As the legend goes, long, long ago a chest containing the finger bones of St. Margaret of Antioch washed up on the rocks in Vernazza’s harbor. I'll admit to some skepticism about this miraculous event ‘cause I’m not really sure how they knew who the waterlogged digits belonged to, plus various bits of her - or rumored to be her bits, anyway - now...

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  • surrounding, portovenere

    La Spezia Things to Do

    Porto Venere is an amazing place very close to La Spezia, in a quiet corner of the gulf and on my opinion is one of the best location which worth a visit here. From its picturesque port, you may explore the narrow street climbig up to the center and up again to the church that dominates all the town. Here you will find a lot of shops selling the...

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  • Chiesa di S.Giorgio

    Portofino Things to Do

    Climbing up at least to San Giorgio is a must. The church itself is great although it is not as richly decorated as many other , less famous churches in Liguria. And just in front of the church you will have this terrace for a first great view of the whole Portofino-bay, just in case that you will not have enough time to walk up to the castle.

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  • the harbour

    Portovenere Things to Do

    We arrived in Portovenere from La Spezia by ferry. I think it was a much better choice than coming by bus. What can be nicer on a hot summer day than a cool breeze from the sea? Besides, the first glimpse we caught of the town from the boat was just compelling: a line of colourful narrow houses along the harbour and a picturesque little church on...

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  • Baia delle Favole

    Sestri Levante Things to Do

    Bay of Fables is a lively, animated bay boarded by a promenade with beautiful houses, and a beach where you can rent a beach chair or have a drink in one of the many beach bars. In the back you can see the narrow strip of land that divides this bay from Bay of Silence. The land between the two bays has a lot of vegetation and there is a...

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  • Levanto: Doorway to Cinque Terre

    Liguria Things to Do

    Sestri Levante is a perfect place for a daytrip no matter, where you stay on the ligurian coast. Baia del Silenzio / Silence bay and Baia delle Favole / Bay of farietales are the most famous bays there with a nice beach and lots of hotels around the bay. At night the whole bay is beautifully lighted and looks really romantic. Baia delle Favole (...

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  • Hills, Cable Cars, Castles

    Genoa Things to Do

    We weren't actually looking for this funicular, but another which we couldn't find! They are difficult, as the entrance is small and behind a glass door. Above the door is a big sign. Deciding on this one, 1st we had to buy the ticket from the machine. We had difficulty, but a nice lady who could speak English helped us. This funicular, built in...

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  • Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista - Church...

    Monterosso al Mare Things to Do

    The parish church of San Giovanni Battista is located in a small Piazza don Giovanni Minzoni, right next to Piazza Garibaldi. The church was built between the 13th and 14th century, completed in 1307, and later renovated in the era of Baroque. The facade, which dates from 1307, features a two-tone white and dark serpentine facing, a large rose...

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  • The Harbor

    Vernazza Things to Do

    If I had a smart tourist guide, who was leading our group, she would probably told us to bring bathing costumes with. It was almost the end of September but the day was perfect for a bathing, sunny and pretty hot around 28 C degrees. But it seems all tourist guides are clonned, in their minds summer season and bathings in Europe ending by the end...

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  • surrounding, Lerici

    La Spezia Things to Do

    The township, which dates back to roman times, is dominated by a medieval castle now transformed in a magnificent paleontologic museum. There are several beautiful villas in this area and the picturesque old township is surrounded by gardens and sunlit beaches.

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  • carugi: narrow roads

    Portovenere Things to Do

    The main street in Portovenere, Via Capellini - also known as Carugio - cuts through the town. It starts from the arched gateway by the harbour and runs uphill to la Chiesa San Pietro, a church built on the ruins of the Roman Temple of Venus, to which the town owes its name. The buildings on both sides of the narrow Via Capellini likely have not...

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  • Monterosso al Mare

    Liguria Things to Do

    Monterosso al Mare is the ONLY of the villages in Cinque terre with a sandy beach... ...a bit less romantic than the other 4 villages of Cinque terre ! But it is a lovely place anyway with great old houses and a wonderful, rather wide beach-boulevard . And it offers a big parking directely on the beach , in case that you would like to go there...

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  • Genoa Acquarium

    Genoa Things to Do

    Genovese Acquario is the largest in Italy and the second largest in Europe. It has 3.100 square metres and welcomes almost 1,5 millions of visitors each year. The aquarium was built for Genoa EXPO '92 and it looks like a big ship ready to head out to the sea. The exibition concept was to show Ligurian Sea, the North Atlantic and Caribbien...

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  • Oratorio Mortis et Orationis

    Monterosso al Mare Things to Do

    Right next door to San Giovanni Battista is the chapel of the Brotherhood of Death and Prayer: Mortis et Orationis. Dating to the 16th century, it belongs to one of the surviving charitable lay groups created during the Counter-Reformation when the Catholic church, under threat from the spread of Protestantism, decided it needed to clean up its...

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  • Castello Doria

    Vernazza Things to Do

    This castle dominates the village in the southern part, with an impotent bastion and a cylindrical tower of quadrangular base, the Belforte. Doria Castle built in the 15th century to protect the village from pirates. From the tower is very beautiful view.

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  • Riomaggiore

    Liguria Things to Do

    Well, thought this photo might help you get the idea of this Elevator you read about in the guide books. You can see the train station on the bottom. It was a euro on the way down, but we we were not asked to pay on the way up.. perhaps we were supposed to? It might have had something to do with our 2 girls that the attendant was flirting...

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  • Porta Soprana and Columbus House

    Genoa Things to Do

    In the 12th century a ring of defensive walls was built around Genoa. The only remaining section of these walls is the gate Porta Soprana. This was built in 1155. Go through the gate and walk towards the newer looking part of town and you will pass the elegant cloister of San Andrea dating from the 12th century and a tiny building which was once...

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  • Torre Aurora - Aurora Tower

    Monterosso al Mare Things to Do

    The Medieval Monterosso, as it was usual, had fortified structure. The whole od todays old town was surrounded by the city walls with 13 defending towers, but Torre Aurora is the only survived. Actually it wasn't part of the 13th century city walls being constructed in a later period. Torre Aurora was built in the 16th century with the purpose to...

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  • Piazza Marconi

    Vernazza Things to Do

    Piazza Marconi is the central of the action in Vernazza. It is a meeting place for locals and tourists alike. It is a fabulous town square, lined by restaurants/bars on 3 sides, and best of all the harbour on the 4th side. All the restaurants/bars have tables outside for alfresco dining and drinking. Perfect for people watching and indulging in...

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  • Portovenere

    Liguria Things to Do

    From la spezia take the touristic ferry boat (round trip: 7euros) which are crossing the "Gulf of Poets" (Famous English poets" BYRON and SHELLEY" came to this place , the latter died here when his boat was hit by a storm)

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  • Porto Antico and Palazzo S.Giorgio

    Genoa Things to Do

    I couldn't find any usefull information about Torre dei Morchio, which dominates over Piazza Caricamento. It is obviously an medieval construction, built of large blocks of ashlar stone, but it doesn't look that has been a part of integral defending system of the town. The tower stands on the top of Palazzo Passano, another construction for which I...

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  • Monterosso Vecchio

    Monterosso al Mare Things to Do

    I will never cease to marvel the beauty of nature and always will ask myself one and the same question, who is behind all this wonderful creations? Nature in its designs never adds or substracts too much, everything is aligned in the right proportions and endless harmony. If this islet is a slightly larger or if that rocks emerge from the water at...

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  • The Forte

    Vernazza Things to Do

    Sitting on a rocky promontory above Vernazza are remains of the Doria family castle, including a circular watchtower, quite useful at a time when pirates were regularly raiding Mediterranean villages. Reaching the tower requires quite a bit of steep stair-climbing, a bit of a feat for some of us older folks. It was well worth the trek, however, as...

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  • Boccadasse

    Genoa Things to Do

    12 April 2013: I'm fixing the photos here, and might use the occasion to write a bit about Boccadasse, a lovely hamlet just minutes east of Genoa. As soon as I have time to write and put my pics in order.

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  • Capuchin Monastery

    Monterosso al Mare Things to Do

    Up on Salita San Cristoforo, just a little downhill from the cemetery, is Convento dei Frati Cappuccini and Chiesa di San Francesco. The monastery was built in in the early 17th century to thank a couple of friars for ending a nasty feud between two strongly divided local factions, and the new church was consecrated to St. Francis in 1623. The...

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  • Caruggi

    Vernazza Things to Do

    From the Piazza Marconi by the harbour, and from Vernazza’s main street, characteristic alleys known as carugi wind and climb between the houses. For me these were one of the delights of the town. Around every turn there is an interesting detail to catch the eye and to photograph – a small shrine, an ancient door, a colourful window-box or flower...

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  • Historic Centre, west

    Genoa Things to Do

    Saint Peter's Loggia was built between 1589 and 1595 by Andrea Ceresola, nicknamed Vannone, in the trade centre of the old city. The building was commissioned by the Fathers of the Municipality, administrators of the city, who studied a renovation plan for Piazza dei Banchi. The Loggia, with its harmonious structure, was given to the Chamber of...

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  • Piazza Garibaldi

    Monterosso al Mare Things to Do

    Just as many US towns and cities honor George Washington with a statue, Italians salute their own revolutionary hero Giuseppi Garibaldi. Monterosso's Piazza Garibaldi is not large, but most inviting and restful, with a playground for the kiddies and plenty of shaded benches for their grandparents. Adjacent to the piazza is the municipio (city...

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  • La Lanterna

    Genoa Things to Do

    it's beautiful! and all the videos in the museums are great! don't miss to go up on the symbol of genova to see the beautiful landscape! The Promenade is open every day from 8 a.m. to sunset. The Lanterna and the Museum are open during the weekends and on holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (7 p.m. in summer). During the Christmas holidays the...

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  • Historic centre, east

    Genoa Things to Do

    It is a pity, the building was under restauration and partly covered, when I visited Genua in 2003, but I am sure the works are finished already! Bombs had destroyed the old theatre in 1943 and so the building had to be restored and was finished 1990. 2000 people will be able to sit inside the audience, the walls of which are built like houses,...

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  • Via Aurea, palazzo bianco and palazzo...

    Genoa Things to Do

    Rained out and looking for an indoor activity, we hit the palazzi of Via Garibaldi. The ticket agent assumed we were students and we didn’t exactly deny it, so the combined ticket including Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Tursi was only EUR 5. These three museums are located in restored aristocratic residences and feature important works...

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  • Via Balbi

    Genoa Things to Do

    Located via balbi, this palace ( the most important in Genoa) was build by the " Balbi " a powerful family of merchants. In 1822 it became the residence of the "Savoy".Now it's used for exhibitions. Unfortunately the sea view is spoiled by the expressway closed on monday price: adult 4 euros 18-25 2 euros free under 18 and + 65

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  • Commercial Harbor

    Genoa Things to Do

    The Biosphere is a glass and steel structure measuring 20 m in diameter and weighing 60 tons.It is located in Genoa Harbour and was designed by Renzo Piano who also designed the bigo crane. The biosphere houses a small ecosystem of tropical animals and plants.

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  • Eastern Riviera

    Genoa Things to Do

    I Parchi di Nervi (Nervi's Parks) spread out over some 9 hectares, uniting the gardens of Villa Gropallo, Villa Saluzzo and Villa Grimaldi, set out in English style. Tipically Mediterranean flora flourishes side by side with a host of exotic plants.

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