What do you choose: Italian riviera or Ligurian coast?
I’m very lucky.
I live on the so called Italian Riviera and I love it. Through the pages of Italian Storytellers I will let you follow me around it, I will introduce you to its beauty, its traditions and culture, its delicious food and wine. I’m sure you will love it too.
So, welcome to Liguria, my region.
Geographically speaking it’s the very narrow strip of land lying between the Ligurian Sea and the mountains, both the Apennines and the Maritime Alps, going from the French Côte d’Azur to Punta Bianca at the Tuscany border.
It’s world-famous for some of its coastal cities, such as Portofino or the 5 villages of the Cinque Terre, but it’s like a shy, introverted old and charming lady… give her time and she will amaze you with its hidden treasures.
Liguria is divided in to 2 coastal areas, the Riviera di Levante, literally the coast of the rising sun, where I live, and the Riviera di Ponente, the coast of the setting sun. Right in the middle stays Genova, our beautiful and rich chief town, also known as La Superba (i.e. the superb).
Together we will stroll around and along the whole coast taking time to fully appreciate the old fisherman villages, the rich and elegant ancient manor houses and gardens, the peculiarities and the history, the many famous artists who fell in love with these places and settled here and of course the almost unlimited aquatic sports options.
Much more than just the coast
But my region is not only sea. Actually, in the local dialect sea it’s said “mâ”, which also mean evil…
Liguria is a paradise of countryside and outdoor lifestyle. Its mountains parks are just impressive. Pastures, ancient fortresses and castles, snowshoeing and breathtaking views of the sea, Corse in front and French Alps and the Monviso on one side and for a few seconds you would think Ligurian Sea is a lake.
The inland towns and villages are fairytale like. Through my eyes and feelings you will discover hidden tiny gems that centuries treated beautifully.
Just for you 😉 I will also taste the traditional dishes, wines and spirits and you will be amazed to realize that most receipts are not based on seafood, but are typical of the so called ‘poor kitchen’ and are really yummy!
So, do wait for my future posts and meet the Italian Riviera. The next one will take us along the route of the Giro d’Italia. The Ligurian stage passes through beautiful villages that are worth a stop!