Category Archives: Destinations

Varese Ligure

This is one of the largest municipalities in Liguria and it occupies most of the Vara Valley: from the lower end, where many tributaries run into the river (one of which is the Crovana, near the ancient district of Grecino) through to the large mountain passes that lead to Emilia and Lungiana.

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Framura

Framura lies on the rocky coastline between Bonassola and Deiva Marina. It does not exist as a nucleus as such: its name basically denotes the aggregation of the five distinct districts of Anzo, Ravecca, Setta, Costa and Castagnola.

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Deiva Marina

The splendid bay of Deiva Marina opens out at the foot of the large area of woodland that leads down from a height of 800 metres at the Bracco Pass. One of the more secluded towns on the Eastern Riviera, it is nowadays easy to reach thanks to the motorway exit and the railway station.

Levanto

Levanto is divided into two parts: the old town, which is formed around the church of Sant’Andrea, and the new town, which developed in the fifteenth century on the plain of the River Ghiararo. The territory extends from the coast up to the 875 metres altitude of Monte Bardellone, passing through a number of municipal districts, some of them very old and hidden away among the vineyards and olive groves.

Riomaggiore

The first coastal town west of Portovenere is Riomaggiore, the first of the Cinque Terre. The name derives from “rivus major”, which is today crossed by the steep main road lined on both sides with houses that slope down in the direction of the sea. Originating in the fourteenth century, it separated from the community of Biassa in 1343.

Manarola

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Visitors to Cinque Terre must definitely spend a day in Manarola, a charming village perched on a promontory of dark rock, located between Riomaggiore and Vernazza, about 27 miles from La Spezia.

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