Category Archives: Destinations


Originally called “Monilia”, the town probably owes its name to the brightness of the sea in this small gulf lying between Punta Moneglia and Punta Rospo, which interrupts the high, rugged coastal rockface stretching from Sestri Levante to Deiva Marina.

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Sestri Levante

The isthmus between the Baia delle Favole (Bay of Wonders) and the Baia del Silenzio (Bay of Silence) is one of the most beautiful parts of Liguria and is the original nucleus of ancient “Segesta Tigullorium”, a centre of primary importance for the Eastern Riviera.

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The landed estate of the noble Fieschi family was an ancient coastal town situated on the alluvial plain lying on the left bank of the River Entella, between the sandy beach and the olive-covered hillside. Together with Chiavari, which absorbed the county of Lavagna in the fourteenth century, the inhabited area now forms a single conurbation.

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Among the main cities in Liguria, the town once known as Clavarium (“key to the valleys”) is situated at the centre of the Golfo del Tigullio on the alluvial plain formed by the River Entella and is in a favourable position for communication with the Po valley area.

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This is one of the largest municipalities on the Eastern Riviera. It lies sheltered from winds and currents in an inlet on the Golfo del Tigullio: this beautiful temperate spot was already inhabited in pre-Roman times by the Tigulli of Liguria.

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In order to appreciate the exceptional beauty of Portofino you need to see it from the square in front of the church of San Giorgio on the lighthouse promontory: from this position you have a splendid overview of the port and the row of coloured houses with their typical decorations.

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