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Lost in Liguria!

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I love travelling abroad and I fancied a holiday in one of those quaint parts of Italy. After approaching Travel Republic, I settled on Liguria – a narrow strip of land bordered by the Alps, the sea, France, and Tuscany. It is one of Italy’s top destinations according to the travelling guide I consulted and there is no shortage of resorts, restaurants, shopping and lovely towns and villages. So I set about getting lost in Liguria.

Cervo

Cervo is one of the most beautiful towns in the region. It lies in the region of Liguria and offers an enchanting medieval atmosphere. The town has a rich history, having passed through a number of state departments and dominated by various dynasties. It has gone from being a Roman Empire to a Sardinian Kingdom before the unification of Italy and today, it is a lovely holiday town enveloped by green hills and calm seas. CNMN8TYWYSDF

rid cervo vista da mareThe town centre is surrounded by medieval fortifications and breath taking towers. Castle Clavesana dates back to the 13th century and has served to defend both the city and the lords of the town. The castle houses an ethnographic museum.

Cervo’s saint is none other than Saint John the Baptist and the most important church in the town, San Giovanni Battista Church has been dedicated to him. The church is a little older than the castle and a prominent example of the area’s Baroque style.

I think the best feature of Cervo is the sea. There are a couple of resorts that lie on the sandy beaches and I was lucky enough to be in Cervo in June. The town celebrates its patron on the 24th and in addition to traditional worship, there are loads of markets to amble through. The local wine is an absolute must-taste!

Genoa

When planning my trip through Travel Republic, I decided I had to visit Italy’s port and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus – Genoa. Genoa was founded by a Ligure tribe and with gradual development and passing through various hands it rose to become a superpower by the 10th century.

genoa blog-liguriaThere are many historic buildings that survived through the eras of development, particularly in the city centre. Be sure to take in Piazza de Ferrari, Doge’s Palace and Opera House as prime examples. Via Garibaldi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is there that you will find Manneris palaces from the 16th century along with an art school. Other buildings worth seeing include Porto Antico, a converted shopping centre and St. Lorence Cathedral which was founded in the 5th century. There is also a Sea Aquarium which is the largest in Europe!

One of the most notable landmarks I came across in Genoa is the lighthouse of La Lanterna. There are several titles and firsts associated with the lighthouse and it is the oldest still functioning lighthouse on the globe. It’s also the highest brick lighthouse in the world.

Christopher Columbus is said to have been born in Genoa and you can visit his original house on Piazza de Ferrar as well as his memorial on Piazza Acquaverde.

I found Genoa to be both interesting and beautiful. There’s a relaxing beach and the town itself is a good starting point for discovering everything Liguria has to offer.

La Spezia

la speziaIt was recommended that I take a trip to La Spezia when in Liguria. It’s known to be one of the most important cities in the northern region of Italy and it lies between the inland hills and sea making for idyllic and photogenic backdrops.

La Spezia offers visitors the chance to admire modern architecture. Piazza Europe is the central square where everything happens and also where you will find Cristo Re dei Secoli Cathedral. Another great example of the architecture is the naval armoury building.

Take a walk along the inland parts of La Spezia and visit the shrine of Madonna dell’Olomo which dates back to the 17th century. Here you can have a look at a picture of the Virgin Mary with Child which plays an important role within the local community where it is believed that Virgin Mary saved the town from the epidemic. You can also take a look at the Fort of San Giorgio.

I’d love to go back to La Spezia in March. Around the middle of the month, visitors can participate in a traditional folklore festival which honours Saint Joseph, the city’s patron. The festivities last 3 days and there are lots of stallholders from around the country showing off their arts. You can also taste local products like anise cakes and candied apples.

Portvonere

I simply had to visit what is known as one of the most romantic villages in Liguria. Portovonere is a picturesque spot complete with spa resort and pastel coloured houses. There are several notable churches worth visiting as well as a castle from the 16th century which you will find on the top of the cliffs making for magical views.

Muzzerone

I couldn’t let my trip pass by without some extreme adventure so I finished off in Muzzerone where climbing on limestone walls is offered. There are hundreds of ways to climb within all difficulty levels.

Travelrepublic.co.uk was a great place for me to plan my trip to Liguria. I cannot wait to go back and explore the other beautiful towns and villages of this area.

Ariana Louis, a teacher by profession, saved for 5 years to go globetrotting. Having travelled half way across the world she has also fallen in love with Italy and has enjoyed immersing herself in the culture, thrills and adventure. Ariana is particularly fond of the Ligurian coast. Nowadays, Ariana makes sure to write a review about Travel Republic concerning the place she gets to visit.


 

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