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Liguria Overview

Liguria is one of Italy’s smallest regions and lies along the Mediterranean coast from France to Tuscany. This narrow strip of land, known as the Italian Riviera, is enclosed between the sea and the Alps and Apennines mountains and offers a mild climate. Even though Liguria is limited in size, it is not limited in its offerings.

Liguria is home to seaside resort towns in the style of Cannes and Monaco; numerous sandy strands, rocky coves and pebbly beaches; the country's largest commercial port and largest naval port; some of its most desolate stretches of coast, where fragrant herbs and flowers, as well as lush forests of lemon trees, almonds, chestnuts and pines thrive; and terraced hillsides that produce an olive oil considered more delicate than those grown in Tuscany.

The capital of Liguria, Genoa is a bustling city that divides Liguria between the Western Riviera and the Eastern Riviera. The numerous small villages along the sea and within the interior provide spectacular views with alternating series of magnificent high coastlines and flat, sandy coastlines, while in the interior the steep hills meet up with the Apennines peaks.

Most people come to Liguria for its seashore and relaxing pace. Enjoy the sun, sea, sand and pebble beaches, the area cuisine and wines. Besides seaside activities Liguria’s interior provides a variety of outdoor activities including hiking and cycling. The peaceful setting away from the crowds and among the local people is a great way to spend a relaxing vacation.

The Ligurian cuisine in inspired by traditional Genoese cuisine whose basic ingredients are olive oil and herbs (basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, etc), seafood and vegetable dishes. Known for its pesto sauce, seafood variety and local wines, Liguria also offers dishes with origins from faraway places, testimony to its maritime trade links. In keeping with the contrasting style of the region, inland bordering the Piedmonte region has the influence of “haute cuisine” and benefits from chefs’ creations with the local cuisine.

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