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
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
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
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,
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.