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The southern part of the Ligurian Riviera sweeps from Genoa as far south as La Spezia. With a train line running the entire distance it is an area easily visited without a car. There are a number of idyllic locations such as the Bay of Silence, Portofino and Camogli. There is some good accommodation in the less busy towns.


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Sestri Levante

The town of Sestri Levante, beautiful in it's own right also makes a great base for visiting Portofino across the bay and the Cinque Terre.




Bay of Silence

Sestri Levante

The Bay of Silen....

The Bay of Silence or Baia del Silenzio (Italian) is the bay which guards one side of Sestri Levante. It is, indeed, a nice charming sandy beach near the old town.

Many describe it as the most romantic beach in Liguria and even one of Italy’s best. The Bay of Silence is simply marvelous, breathtaking, especially during sundown. The colorful houses which parade the beach make it extra beautiful when light strikes them as well as the calm water of the bay.

During summer, both locals and tourists crowd this beach and might not be as peacefully as it name suggests in other periods of the year. Nevertheless, the charm it carries would definitely make you fall in love with the Bay of Silence.

Sea Front

Sestri Levante

The sea front of....

The sea front of Sestri Levante is a calming scene. The dark blue water and sea breeze would make your walk extra special.

From here, you can view the boats floating and the nearby colorful houses that circumnavigate the sea front.

The colorful boats are such a spectacle but beyond the vibrant colors of the boats and those that surround it, the seafront remains solemn and relaxing. You can also view the mountains and foliage of Sestri Levante from here.

Old Town

Sestri Levante

The old but beau....

The old but beautiful structures scatter at the old town of Sestri Levante. The line of houses and building with similar architectural style but varying colors adorn the area.

There is so much to see in this part of Sestri Levante. Visit Piazza Sant’Antonio which is one of the structures that will welcome you in this old town centre. Savor the rich history engulfed in the structures of this area. Architecture savvy people would definitely enjoy the scene as well. Here you will find the medieval façade of Palazzo Fascie.

A little more walk along the carrugio, Piazza della Torre dei Doganieri will come into view.

Other interesting structures are San Pietro Vincoli, Galleria Rizzi, Torre Marconi, the Town Hall, and so much more.

New Town

Sestri Levante

Because of Sestr....

Because of Sestri Levante’s growing popularity, the town is also beginning to expand. From the oldest part of the town, a new area has been emerging.

More structures are being erected mostly also due to the demands of tourism. The new structures remain in coherence with the style and built of the old ones.

In the new town of Sestri Levante, you will find hotels and other establishments to cater for the tourists’ needs. Overall, the new town has preserved the natural appeal of Sestri Levante.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Sestri Levante

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Portofino

Formerly a fishing village with a picturesque harbour, Portofino is now an upmarket resort.




Harbour

Portofino

Portofino is a s....

Portofino is a seaside village. Navigating along its harbour, you will be charmed by the beautiful line of colorful houses and yachts and boats that parade along its half-moon shaped outline.

Along the harbour, you will also find an array of shops, restaurants, and cafes. While having a nice cup of coffee, savor the relaxing atmosphere and the scenic view of the blue-green water filled sheltering various marine life and parked boats and yachts of different sizes.

Portofino’s harbour will surely capture your heart with its simplicity yet charming nature.

The waterfront

Portofino

Being a located ....

Being a located on a peninsula and a part of the Italian Riviera, Portofino is blessed with a beautiful waterfront.

Its waterfront is never empty with all those boats and yachts lined up there. There is always something to view like its blue-green water filled with spectacle. Diving and boating can actually be enjoyed here. There is so much to see under the waters of Portofino.

Embrace of the solemnity of its waterfront by either going into the water or just by walking along its harbour.

Above the Harbour

Portofino

Located above th....

Located above the harbour is the town of Portofino. From here you can have a fantastic view of the harbour, waterfront, and basically the vast sea the surround Portofino.

There is so much to see in the town above the harbour. Of course, there is the array of the usual colorful houses but aside from that the town actually houses history-filled structures like Castello Brown, San Giorgio Church and the lighthouse.

The medieval castle stands on top of a hill and on the way there you can pass by the church and the lighthouse. Hiking can also be a perfect activity. Trails are already available and thick foliage with varying floras are there to welcome you.

Portofino is so much more than a resort, what lies above the harbour would definitely complete your stay.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Portofino

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Camogli

Camogli is a small fishing town, a few miles north of Portofino. From the harbour boats make trips to the interesting places along the coast.




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Port

Camogli

Being an Italian....

Being an Italian fishing village, Camogli is really close to the waters which make it also a popular resort for tourists.

The village is found on the western part of the peninsula of Portofino specifically on Golfo Paradiso. Camogli’s port is a busy one, mostly full of parked yachts and boats of various sizes and designs. It actually served as a very active seaport back in the middle ages.

There is a nice and charming walking area along the port. A stroll would be nice while admiring the sight of the beautiful architecture and enjoying the lovely sea breeze.

It could be said that the port of Camogli is one of the fishing village’s assets.

Waterfront

Camogli

Being a part of ....

Being a part of the Ligurian region, Camogli does not fall short on having a beautiful waterfront.

The blue-green water of its beach is such a scenic view. Calm and peaceful, this is how you would describe the waterfront of Camogli. It is not that long and the sand is not as fine as that of the other beaches in the Italian Riviera, nonetheless, Camogli’s waterfront together with the picturesque structures surrounding can definitely be romantic most especially when the last light of the sun for the day touches its surface.

Isola

Camogli

The island of Ca....

The island of Camogli is a really old one, believed to be founded long before 200 AD when the Romans conquered the place.

The island had been passed on from one conqueror to another. It is definitely a place of rich history made evident by the old structures which have remained. In the island, you will find the church of Santa Maria Assunta, and Castel Dragone. Explore the island and try to uncover the story of every corner.

Aside from the natural allure of the old alleys, the structure itself will speak to you and make you fall in love with the place.

Don’t forget to swing by the promenade as well and enjoy the view.

The Town

Camogli

The island of Ca....

The island of Camogli is a really old one, believed to be founded long before 200 AD when the Romans conquered the place.

The island had been passed on from one conqueror to another. It is definitely a place of rich history made evident by the old structures which have remained. In the island, you will find the church of Santa Maria Assunta, and Castel Dragone. Explore the island and try to uncover the story of every corner.

Aside from the natural allure of the old alleys, the structure itself will speak to you and make you fall in love with the place. Don’t forget to swing by the promenade as well and enjoy the view.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Camogli

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Bay of the Fables

Locally called “Baia delle Favole” or Bay of Fairy Tales, the bay used to shelter Hans Christian Andersen, which is why the bay was named in honor of him. The prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Prize happens here annually. Being Danish, this is not the original home of Andersen but according to stories Andersen fell in love with the place when he laid his eyes upon it.




San Fruttuoso Abbey

Bay of the Fables

The remains of F....

The remains of Fruttuoso lie in this village which was also named after him.

Filled with history and beauty, San Fruttuoso Abbey is surrounded by waters which seem to illuminate. Truly enchanting, this little gem hidden in Camogli, is such a spectacle. Visiting it would truly be worth it. Unlike the other villages, San Fruttuoso does not serve as a port or as a resort.

In fact, it is just an indentation. Nevertheless, going here would give you access to an enchanting beautiful village and to historic places like the Benedictine monastery and the Christ of the Abyss.

If interested, you can also engage in scuba diving in the dazzling water surrounding it.

Bay Ferry

Bay of the Fables

Ferries are avai....

Ferries are available at Baia delle Favole. Appreciating the place on land is amazing but exploring it while riding a ferry is another.

This would give you a good bird’s eye view of the area plus the touch of the gentle sea breeze adds up to the experience.

There is so much to see about Baia delle Favole and being close with its waters is plainly wonderful so catch a ferry ride at the bay.

You can also take a ferry to hop from one village to another.

Rapallo

Bay of the Fables

Rapallo is also ....

Rapallo is also a part of Liguria. The commune lies between Portofino and Chiavari.

Typical of the villages in the province of Genoa, Rapallo’s villas and house cling to the hills. The village is extra close to the waters. Its seafront and harbour is as charming as the others. It is also one of the communes under Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino.

An old seaside resort, Rapallo is also filled with history. There is a little medieval castle in the area and church named Sanctuary of Montallegro.

The town itself is lovely and there is always something to expect in every alley. Spend some time on its promenade as well and enjoy the wonderful view ahead. Rapallo is definitely worth visiting.



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