Help Wikitravel grow by contributing to an article! Learn how.

Liguria

From Wikitravel
Europe : Italy : Northwest Italy : Liguria
Revision as of 13:29, 5 April 2004 by Sjc196 (Talk | contribs)

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search

Liguria is a northwestern region of Italy, on the Ligurian Sea.

Towns

Other destinations

  • La Riviera di Ponente, the coast that stretches from France to Genoa, and La Riviera di Levante, the coast on the Italian peninsula itself - these are the main reasons people visit Liguria
  • The Cinque Terre (literally "five lands"), five tiny, picturesque fishing villages - Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore and Vernazza - perched precariously on the rugged, rocky hills that tumble into the Mediterranean

Understand

2,000 years ago the whole northwestern part of Italy, including what are now Piedmont and Lombardy, were inhabited by the Liguris, the people from whom this region gets its name.

Liguria is a land of contrasts, home to seaside resort towns in the style of Cannes and Monaco, dozens of sandy, rocky and pebbly beaches, in Genoa the country's largest commercial and naval port, some of its most desolate stretches of coast, and terraced hillsides that produce olive oil considered to be more delicate even than that grown in Tuscany.

Get in

Roads and trains run the length of the coast, linking the Riviere with France and the rest of Italy.

Get around

Whether travelling by train or by car, the spectacular journey along the Ligurian coast takes you through tunnel after tunnel, bursting out from darkness into sunlight, the sea sparkling at your side.

Eat

Traditional Ligurian food is some of the most refined in all of Italy. Tagliatelli is served in various forms here, and torte di verdura is a local speciality, a vegetable pie made with borage and other wild late-winter herbs. Seafood is very popular, as the sea around Liguria is abundant with life. Some typical dishes are:

  • Mushroom pie
  • Mussels stuffed with cheese and herbs
  • Orata (a local fish) cooked with olives and potatoes
  • Gattafin (pasta stuffed with beetroot, onion and parmesan)
  • Soviore rice pie

Liguria is also the birthplace of pesto sauce.

Drink

White and passito grapes are given to the Cooperativa del Gruppo Di Riomaggiore, a modern organization that has streamlined the winemaking process.

Sciacchetrà is a prestigious dry white wine produced in the Cinque Terre.

Stay safe

Get out

Liguria stretches east in a narrow ribbon along the coast from France. Mountains separate it from Piedmont to the north, Emilia-Romagna to the east and Tuscany to the south.

External links

This article is still a stub and needs your attention. It does not have a template. Please plunge forward and help it grow!

Variants

Actions

Destination Docents

In other languages

other sites