A village of sailors and fishermen with pastel-colored houses, Camogli is one of the most famous and best preserved seaside villages in Italy. Characteristic of the village are the traditional black and white “risseu”, typical mosaic made of the same pebbles that can also be found on the beach.
From here, Outdoor Portofino offers marine and land activities all year round to discover the western side of the park.
The tiny village of San Fruttuoso – dominated by the Church, the Abbey and the Tower – is located in the heart of the Park of Portofino. Reachable only on foot or by sea, this place retains an intense charm thanks to the great naturalistic value in which the very few buildings have been builded. San Fruttuoso is a mystical and regenerating place. San Fruttuoso is a mystical and regenerating place thanks to its small beach and the almost total absence of noise, the rocks that surround the inlet, the Mediterranean vegetation that rise steeply up the hill and the intense blue colors of the sea.
During summertime, diving in this corner of paradise is also an excellent opportunity to visit the Christ of the Abyss, a statue placed on the bottom of the bay in 1954, also visible snorkeling or simply aboard your canoe.
The picturesque village of Portofino is a small jewel immersed in the natural context of the regional park to which it gives its name. Located on the eastern cape of the headland, Portofino is a place of great tourist interest. Its tall and colorful houses disposed in semicircle and overlooking the main square and the marina are surrounded by hills covered with olive trees. The entire perimeter of the park is characterized by wild cliffs, small inlets, caves and solitary beaches, mostly accessible only from the sea.
Known historically as a fishing village, Santa Margherita has been transformed by tourism into a valued holiday seaside resort. Famous today as the “Pearl of the Tigullio Gulf”, Santa Margherita sees a harmonious integration of the urban landscape and the tourist harbor with nature.
Sestri Levante is known throughout Italy as the city of the two seas: the city center faces on two bays, the Baia del Silenzio and the Baia delle Favole. The beach is severe and quiet, framed by the old fishermen’s houses and dominated by the rocky promontory of the bay. These details make Sestri Levante a very suggestive location.
Levanto is a municipality in the province of La Spezia at the beginning of the Cinque Terre. Renowned seaside village, the origins of Levanto are very old and some scholars date back to the period of Roman domination.
Small villages with towers and narrow roads, Mediterranean scrub, agaves, spectacular layers of limestone rock, caves and turquoise waters. The Cinque Terre, together with the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Park and Marine Protected Area. It is famous the Via dell’Amore, a path that connects the villages of Manarola and Riomaggiore, between the overhanging sea and the terraces cultivated with vines. The dry-stone walls, supporting the terracing, have also become part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since November 2018. The impervious and steep territory is known for the production of wines such as the “Sciacchetrà” and the “Cinque Terre”.
The area of the Cinque Terre stretches between Punta Mesco and Capo di Monte Negro beyond which kilometers of cliffs will lead directly to the entrance of Portovenere, recognizable by the preponderant figure of the church of San Pietro.
Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore were built around the 11th century. Until the 18th century Liguria was subjected to pirate attacks: the construction of towers and narrow roads ideal for the defense of the territory are now elements characterizing all the locations. Examples are the Aurora tower in Monterosso and the Castle in Vernazza, still in excellent condition.
The conformation of the coast of Cinque Terre does not allow the development of real ports. The typical fishing boats are still today as in the past put at sea and brought back up every day with the use of slides. During windy days or sea storms, it is particular to sight the boats secured in the alleys and in the small squares.
Another common characteristic of the area is the color palette, with its faint yellow, orange and intense red façades, the light or dark gray cliffs, the blue and turquoise water.
It is possible to move between the villages using the paths of the park, by train or by sea, therefore admiring them from different angles.
The beauty of this stretch of coast is now thoroughly preserved and protected by indiscriminate anthropization.
Portovenere, in the province of La Spezia, is included in the UNESCO heritage list. It is the smallest town in the whole province of La Spezia and is located south of this on a peninsula on the Riviera di Levante, whose tip forms a gulf of suggestive beauty called Golfo dei Poeti. At the very tip of the peninsula, there are three small isthmuses that can be admired from the ancient village of the city, a little higher than the sea. From Portovenere, you can easily reach by kayak the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto and the Grotta Byron, difficult to reach by any other mean.
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