Small Italian region of Liguria is often called the Riviera of flowers. Coast is not accidentally get this romantic name - thanks to its mild climate Liguria into a vast sky garden. Rest on the Ligurian coast - a combination of a mild climate, lush vegetation, fragrant cuisine, beautiful beaches and unforgettable panoramic views.
Ligurian coast of Italy is divided into Western and Eastern Liguria Liguria, with its capital at the center of the coast. The capital of Liguria - Genoa - the most important port in Italy. Genoa is interesting for its medieval part where the old buildings. No wonder the main symbol of Genoa - the medieval city gates of Porta Soprana, which is located not far from the house where the legend was born discoverer of the New World by Christopher Columbus.
One of the most impressive buildings in Genoa is the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, combining several architectural styles - Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque. It is not only a powerful and elegantly decorated with old facade, but also chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist - the patron of Genoa.
Continuing our discussion of architectural and artistic values of Genoa, I want to say a few words about the Palazzo Reale, where keeping the original Rococo interiors and Palazzo Bianco, where in addition to painting Genoese artists, you can see the works by Dürer, Rubens and Caravaggio.
Going to Genoa, should visit the local Oceanarium. This is the largest aquarium in Europe will give you an unforgettable experience and an opportunity not only to see the dolphins and jellyfish, turtles, sharks and other ocean dwellers, but also to touch the fish, placed in a special outdoor pool. Traveling to the underwater world, you can find yourself suddenly in tropical forests, if you visit the biosphere - a huge ball at which all the conditions for tropical plants and animals. Complete a fascinating journey through the romantic Genoese Oceanarium can lift a panoramic elevator, offering magnificent views of the Old Port.
West Coast Liguria has a hilly terrain, at the time, as the Eastern - more mountainous and steep. The main resorts of the West Coast - Alassio and San Remo. Alassio - a resort, with a history inscribed names such as Hemingway, Churchill, and Sophia Loren, famous for its beautiful sandy beaches.
San Remo - a resort with no less rich track record of politicians and celebrities who visited it, is remarkable urban casino, built in 1906. In the early 20th century, the San Remo, along with Nice was the resting place of Russian aristocrats, as evidenced by the Orthodox Church of Christ the Savior Cathedral, built in 1912.
Another resort in Western Liguria, worthy of attention - Diano Marina: The local beaches are considered as one of the best on the coast. Holiday at the resorts of the West Coast can be combined with a trip to the French Riviera - Nice, Cannes and Monaco.
One of the most beautiful resorts in the East Coast of Liguria - Cinque Terre (Cinque Terre). Name of the resort translates to "five lands": beautiful bay really unites five settlements, shelters on the slopes of the mountains covered with greenery. On these fertile slopes of growing grapes and olives. Local wine and olive oil are highly regarded for their quality and taste.
Nowhere near the Cinque Terre on the picturesque resort town of Portofino, located just 20 km from Genoa. Portofino - a unique resort - the beauty of the local nature are complemented by medieval appearance of the city, saved by a ban on the building. The last few years, many Hollywood stars to buy property in Portofino, where you can escape from the city and merge with nature in a single harmony.