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Holidaymakers looking for golden beaches, picturesque towns and rolling hills should definitely consider the region of Liguria, Italy for their next trip.

Situated in north-western Italy, bordering with France, the region is a vibrant slice of Italia that mixes mountainous terrain with gorgeous stretches of coastline, married to the Mediterranean sea. Furthermore, dozens of seaside resort towns populate the region while bigger cities like Genoa offer a hectic mix of nightlife, entertainment and shopping.

So, where are the top three places places to go in the region?

Sun, sea, sand and scenery – the staple ingredients of any holiday, and the Italian Riviera has all four in abundance, with a liberal sprinkling of fine food and wine thrown in. Meeting the more famous French Riviera at Italy’s northwest border, the scenic Italian Riviera lies on the Ligurian Coast and has been an essential stop on tours of Europe for centuries. Here are just a few of the many highlights on this enchanting stretch of the Italian coast.

The jewel in the crown – Portofino

If the Italian Riviera is the crown of Italy’s northern coastline, then photogenic Portofino is most definitely its sparkling jewel. Lying east of Genoa and founded in Roman times, this former fishing village found favour as an upmarket holiday resort in the 19th century, when wealthy aristocrats began to visit and build luxury villas on its leafy slopes. By the 1950s its picturesque harbour was frequented by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, cementing its status as an indulgent holiday destination for the jetset. These days the summer yachts of the well-to-do rather outnumber the fishing boats, but the harbour is still the focal point of this charming village, and if you’re lucky, you may even glimpse a dolphin or two.

Balzi-Rossi

Beaches are the most important places that the people from all over the world would like to visit. Everyone who visits countries which have seashore would like to visit the beaches. They will serve many purposes. The beaches are one of the most beautiful places in any country to visit and here is a list of some of the most important beaches that you can see in Liguria.

1) Balzi Rossi:

This beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is situated in Ventimiglia, Province Of Imperia. A private company looks after all the different aspects of this beach and the people who visit these beaches have to pay for that. The number of people visiting this beach every year exceeds a million.

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Everyone loves holidays. Just the thought of an impending trip is enough put a smile on anyone's face. In fact, according to The Huffington Post, "the anticipation of an upcoming vacation has been shown to boost happiness for up to two months before a leisure trip takes place, making your actual travel arrangements can be more headache-inducing than anything else." Travelling is sold as a romantic affair with never a glimpse of the perils, complications and stresses that hit us normal folks in the real world. With these tips, your own trips might become that little bit closer to those idyllic images.

A Riot on the Riviera!

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The Italian Riviera is, not surprisingly, adjacent to the French Riviera on the north coast of the Mediterranean Sea. As the Italian coastline swings away from France and down to the South East, you can see a plethora of different colours on show. More than that, there is an officially protected marine park off the coast of the Cinque Terre. These “Five Lands” are composed of five villages and their surroundings, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia and Riomaggiore.

Altogether this region is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with good reason. The main attraction for travellers is the landscape, which has the benefit of outstanding natural beauty but also features remarkable agricultural terraces. For hundreds of years, generations of farmers have been carefully building up more and more layers of terraces on the rugged landscape sloping steeply down to the sea.

The terraces are plentiful and are also meticulously maintained, most of the way along the Cinque Terre coast. And the villages themselves constitute a veritable rainbow of colours. The buildings, ranging from one to four, or even five storeys, are arranged seemingly haphazardly over the hillsides down to and up from the sea. And they are painted with the entire range of soft pastel shades from pink and orange to green and blue.

The festival runs until the 8th September 2013 (from 14 June until 8th September) and marks 100 years since Aida was performed at the venue in 1913!

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For more information, program and tickets visit: http://www.arena.it/en-US/HOMEen.html

A Little Italian Seaside Town!

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Italy and many Italians are in a sorry state. But that does not make the country any less beautiful or interesting, and what they desperately need these days is tourism. Every tourist is a welcome source of income for the local economy, so all tourists are made to feel welcome. Italy has something for everyone. For historians, there is as much of interest in Italy as anywhere.

It was, after all, the seat of the Roman Empire before Christ was born and before the nations of Europe even existed as political entities. The Roman senate was a far more advanced, more effective and even more democratic political administration than most of the world had any concept of or could have imagined at the time. Rome is obviously one of the world’s most historical cities and just full of interest as well as beauty. But not everyone is interested in old buildings, whatever they might represent in terms of our cultural heritage. Some people just want to relax. Their children are not interested in culture. They want what holiday makers want.

A Cheap Holiday in Monterosso al Mare!

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If you a looking for an ideal holiday destination, Monterosso al Mare is the idyllic location. It has a sandy beach, warm locals, great food, and fantastic scenery. The small coastal town located in the Liguria region of Italy has been a popular tourist destination for both Italians and foreign tourists alike for quite some time. Monterosso al Mare is part of the famous Cinque Terre, which is composed of 5 villages along the Italian Riviera.

The landscape around here is very rugged with steep slopes. Over time people have built terrace-like houses on the slopes, which give it a unique feel. It is not accessible from outside by car, so you will need to take either a boat, train or one of the footpaths to access the splendour of Monterosso al Mare. This adds to the charm of this region, and it remains intact, almost unspoilt by the invasion of corporate development, leaving it beautiful and untouched.

Visiting PortoVenere, Italy!

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If you are looking for a quiet and tranquil holiday along the Italian Mediterranean coast, then Portovenere may just be what you are looking for. This picturesque Italian port consists of three villages:

  • Fezzano,
  • Le Grazie, and
  • Porto Venere.

There are also three islands:

  • Tino,
  • Tinetto, and
  • Palmaria

Porto Venere, along with the villages of the Cinque Terre, was awarded the accolade of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. This ancient port has an ancient history. It can even be traced back to the 1st century BC. This beautiful little fishing village has not changed that much over time, and there are some quality places to stay for you and your family. This may cost a little more than your average cheap family holiday, but the extra expense is definitely worth it.

Top Restaurants and Bars in Cinque Terre!

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enoteca-da-eliseoEnoteca da Eliseo

3 Piazza Matteotti, Monterosso al Mare, Italy

Tel: 0187.817308

Great win bar in the old town. Big list of excellent wines, "yummy" snacks, friendly atmosphere and great music.

 

 

Ristorante MikyRistorante Miky

Via Fegina 104, Monterosso al Mare, Italy

Tel: 0187 817608

At Micky’s you can try a wide variety of home-made pasta, fish, lobsters, fresh shellfishes, prepared after the traditional Ligurian cooking, in the wood burning over the salty.

 

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