On the edge of the Ligurian Sea, Liguria Italy is known for its breathtaking cliffs and mountains that line the seashore. Referred to as the Italian Riviera, this region is famous for its coastal towns that promise rest and relaxation. Liguria is a hotbed for tourists looking to visit the luxuries Italy has to offer.
Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, is the capital of the region, functioning as a major Italian port – very different from the surrounding mystical seaside villages throughout the region.
Liguria is made up of small fishing villages set on small harbors, with colorful pastel buildings built into the mountainsides, overlooking the foaming waves crashing against the cliffs.
The Cinque Terre, five fishing villages connected by mountain paths, are typical of Liguria in their beauty and simultaneous quaintness, the pebble beaches patronized by locals and Italian tourists just as much by foreigners.
Resort towns, such as the glitzy San Remo, are full of world-class resorts for tourists visiting Italy. The mellower Santa Margherita Ligure is popular with rich Italians and is much more developed and less natural than the smaller fishing villages, but still beautiful and full of history and sites to see.
Portofino is famous worldwide for its picturesque sites and infamous for its exorbitantly expensive lodging and food. Yet, the medieval castle along the mountainside and the views from the lighthouse at the edge of the promontory are worth the trip to the city for most tourists.
Travel between towns in the region is made simpler by the train system, which will take you through mountains and along the very edge of the ocean. Liguria is known for its wide variety of fresh fish, and also for its fresh herbs and vegetables from the hillsides. The pesto sauce is divine, as are the varieties of handmade pastas, focaccia and local light white wines.
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