Located north-west of Italy, Liguria is a land of mountains and green hills overlooking the Ligurian Sea. The sea represents the resource of this land, with its rocky coasts interrupted only by small coves whose small beaches of fine sand reside. The small villages that rise on the Ligurian coast form the renowned Riviera dei Fiori, which stretches for over 300 km.
The attractions of Liguria are many and all with a particular charm and many, for their historical-naturalistic value, have been declared, by UNESCO, a World Heritage Site. One of the Unesco sites is located in Genoa, where the ancient mixes with the modern, the history with the contemporary. A city where culture, places, cuisine and buildings still tell the story of the ancient Maritime Republic. The Cinque Terre with Portovenere and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto are the other UNESCO site boasted by Liguria: these places will hardly forget the charm and atmosphere emanating from the five seaside villages of Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Do not miss the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto located in front of Portovenere, an ancient fishing village, with colorful houses, one attached to the other, which mix their iridescent colors with the intense blue of the sea.
In Liguria there are 235 municipalities. The regional capital is Genoa, followed by the provinces of Imperia, Savona and La Spezia.
Petrarca describes Genoa as "A royal city, leaning against an alpine hill, superb for men and for the walls, whose only aspect indicates it as queen of the sea". Superb and dominant are in fact the two appellatives with which this city is known. Maritime city, closely linked to its sea, the Ligurian Sea, had its heyday between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In recent years Genoa has experienced a remarkable urban and cultural renaissance, which began with the celebrations for the five hundred years since Christopher Columbus discovered America and culminated in 2004 with the events for Genoa as the European capital.