Liguria - the third of the smallest regions in Italy, "Rainbow" perekinuvshiysya from the borders of France to Tuscany. Surrounded by a ring of mountains on one side and lapped by the Ligurian Sea on the other hand, the region is divided into four provinces: Genoa, Imperia, La Spezia and Savona.
Capital - Genoa.
How to get to Liguria
The main airport in the region is located in the capital of Liguria, Genoa. From Russia round here can get a connection in Venice and Rome, and in the summer - use the services of charter carriers.
By train (Trenitalia) to Genoa can be reached from Milan and Turin (on the road for about 2 hours, tickets from € 9 to € 23.50); Rome train goes from 4 to 6 hours, the ticket - from € 35 to € 85). From Nice to Genoa goes fast express (journey time - about 3 hours, the ticket price - € 20) and a few conventional trains (more than 4 hours on the road, for € 12).
In Liguria, done in the "arms" of the mountains on one side and the sea on the other, a very mild climate. The average summer temperature - +25 ... +28 ° C, in winter - +7 ... +10 ° C.
The region is well connected by public bus and railway transport, provided by different companies (APM, ATC, Riviera Transporti, etc.) in all the major cities are open offices known car rental companies (Hertz, Avis, Maggiore).
In Genoa, in the morning Monday to Friday working flea market Piazzetta Lavagna. Food and local delicacies go to Mercato Orientale. In the first weekend of each month, except in August and September, in Genoa antique market opens at Palazzo Ducale. Also antiques can be bought on the market Lungomare di Genova Pegli the last Sunday of the month and on the Piazza Matteotti on the first Sunday (August both markets do not work). The city also has many shops for designer clothes, such as the Via Roma and Via XX Settembre.
Clothes by famous designers "ridiculous" prices available Outlet:
Euro Outlet, on Via Guglielmo Marconi, 24,
Consorzio Portofranco Outlet, on Via Sotto La Ripa
Diffusione Tessile, on Corso Ferdinando Maria Perrone, 19.
Children's Clothing in Outlet Baby Kids Sestri, on Via Ramiro Ginocchio, 7.
In San Remo Piazza Eroi Sanremesi operate fish and food markets, and the clothing market. "Design" street - Via Matteotti.
In the old part of La Spezia you can buy souvenirs and local artists, including porcelain and ceramics from Abissoly.
Cuisine of Liguria
Fish and seafood, aromatic herbs, olives and olive oil, special, amber, ripe tomatoes and artichokes, mushrooms, baked goods - kitchen Liguria simple and beautiful at the same time. It is here that there was a famous resto alla genovese - sauce of basil, pine nuts, cheese, garlic and olive oil, which is generously seasoned with everything - from snacks and cakes to main courses.
Sample local wines and liqueurs: Limoncino (by lemon), Arancino (based on orange), Basilicò (through basil).
Beaches and resorts of Liguria
Ligurian coast is deservedly loved by a lot of rest, that's why it is called the "Italian Riviera". Everyone can choose the resort of your choice: pebble beaches of La Spezia and Savona, Genoa and sandy and the Empire.
Riviera di Ponente - continuation of the French Riviera. Here are the Finale Ligure - a modern resort with beautiful sea promenade, Alassio - one of the most respectable part of the Riviera resorts, Diano Marina - a luxurious sandy beach, surrounded by exotic trees and lush vegetation, San Remo - "City of Flowers" and the famous musical festival.
Rugged Riviera di Levante stretches south of Genoa. Camogli - a former fishing village, and now - "island" of peace and tranquility. Portofino - a picturesque town, love the millionaires and international celebrities. Rapallo - a city of ancient cathedrals and colorful houses, surrounded by unspoilt nature. Portovenere - the pearl of the Ligurian coast is on the list of UNESCO.
Entertainment, excursions and attractions Liguria
Miraculous nature of the region is carefully preserved by its inhabitants: in the region has eight national parks. The most famous of them - Cinque Terre (Cinque Terre) («five lands") - five villages, five romantic places ekstraneordinarnoy beauty, two of which connects the "Road of Love" - a beautiful passage, surrounded by basalt cliffs. Since 1997, under the protection of UNESCO.
In Genoa worth seeing Porto Antico - the old port, the central pier which is Europe's largest aquarium and a panoramic lift Bigo. In the Cathedral of San Lorenzo go down to the crypt - the repository of marine trophies Genoa. Not far from the majestic medieval arches of Porta Soprana is a house of Christopher Columbus, where, according to legend, the explorer was born and spent his childhood.
In San Remo visit the Russian church, built in the early 20th century by the architect Shchusev.
Castello Brown - a medieval fortress with frescoes Raffaelino and Giulio De Rossi, overlooking the harbor in Portofino.
At the beginning of each year in San Remo enables international flower market and the Flower Parade - a colorful spectacle in which each city Riviera presents his original compositions of flowers mounted on automobile platforms. Since 1951, it also runs the famous International Song Festival. International Violin Competition Premio Paganini in October every second year takes place in Genoa, the birthplace of the great Nicolo Paganini. During the competition, the opening day of the New World is a series of events dedicated to another famous Genoese - Christopher Columbus.
History lovers will be happy to ship sailing ships will visit the rally Vele d'Epoca, passing in the Empire once in two years.
And interest in contemporary international nautical navigation recommend salon Il Salone Nautico (Genoa, every October).
Every third weekend in July in the village of Riva Trigoso that Sestri Levante is a holiday devoted to local specialties - Sagra del Bagnum. Musical evenings, wine tasting and other activities completed fireworks.