Enjoy a Vacation on Italy's Ligurian Coast
With the Ligurian Sea to the south, Piedmont to the north, Tuscany to the east, and the border of France to the west, the coastal region of Liguria in Italy is a popular tourist getaway, renowned for its spectacular beaches, vibrant towns and superb cuisine. Liguria experiences a mild climate all year round as a result of the semi-circle of hills located just beyond the coast. Abundant rainfall ensures lush, green vegetation, whereas other Mediterranean areas are prone to long dry spells.
The capital of Liguria is Genoa – the home of the legendary Christopher Columbus. It is referred to as La Superbia, meaning "The Proud One", as an allusion to its ancient and prominent history. In 2004, Genoa was declared to be the European Capital of Culture due to its rich cultural heritage represented in its art, music, architecture, history and gastronomy. Genoa is Italy's sixth largest city and has long been a major economic center. The Bank of Saint George in the financial sector of the city is one of the oldest financial institutions in the world and has played a vital role in the economy of the city since the 15th century. Historic attractions visitors to the city of Genoa may want to see include the San Lorenzo Cathedral, Piazza De Ferrari, Doge’s Palace and the Royal Palace of Genoa, as well as the Lanterna and Le Strade Nuove.
There are a number of public parks in the city center and on the outskirts of the city. Villetta Di Negro is a beautifully landscaped garden overlooking the historical center of the city, while to the east overlooking the sea visitors can take a stroll through the spectacular Parks of Nervi. The botanical gardens of Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini in the Pegli suburb of Genoa were initially started in the 17th century by Clelia Durazzo Grimaldi, and later renovated by her nephew to its present state, featuring a Chinese pagoda, Obelist, Roman bridge, Temple of Diana and a wide variety of rare plants.
For lovers of sun, sand and sea, Liguria has plenty of all three. Referred to as the Italian Riviera, or Ligurian Riviera, the coastal strip extending from the French Riviera to Capo Corvo offers picturesque scenery, charming fishing villages, a variety of accommodation options and an abundance of incredibly tasty cuisine. Enjoy!