Located northwest 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 creeks, with its small fine sandy beaches. The small villages 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, World Heritage. One of the Unesco sites is located in Genova, where the ancient mixes with modern, contemporary history. A city where culture, places, cuisine and palaces still tell the ancient Maritime Republic. The Cinque Terre with Portovenere and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto are the other UNESCO site boasted of Liguria: these places will hardly forget the charm and atmosphere emanated by the five seaports 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 each other, that mix their colors changing to the intense blue of the sea.
There are 235 municipalities in Liguria. The region's capital is Genova, followed by the provinces of Imperia, Savona and La Spezia.
Petrarch describes Genova as "a royal city, lying on a hillside, superb for men and for the walls, whose only appearance is the queen of the sea." Superb and dominant are the two appellations with which this city is known. The seaside town, closely linked to its Sea, the Ligurian Sea, had its greatest splendor between the XV and XVI century. In recent years, Genoa has experienced a remarkable urban and cultural revival, which began with celebrations for the five hundred years since the discovery of America by Cristoforo Colombo and culminated in 2004 with events for Genova European Capital.