• Home
  • Liguria Region,

Castelbianco Climbing Area, Savona Province

CASTELBIANCO ROCK CLIMBING AREA | LIGURIA REGION

Rock Climb Italy, Castelbianco Climbing Site Liguria

A nice alternative to climbing in Finale Ligure, the Castelbianco area has become one of THE destination climbing sites in Italy.  The rock is of the highest quality and climbing is athletic with grades closer to the French style than Italian.  The climbing site is located north of the town of Albenga in the Pennavaira valley. Castelbiano is the primary site, but there are multiple crags in the valley.

CASTELBIANCO ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Liguria
PROVINCE Savona
CLOSEST CITY Albenga
GEOGRAPHY Alps
BEST TIME OF YEAR Fall to Spring is the best season or late evening in Summer
TYPE OF ROCK Limestone with varied features
HEIGHT 100 meters
RANGE OF GRADES 5c to 8a
LENGTH OF ROPE 60 meters
EQUIPMENT 15 quick-draws
GUIDE BOOK/MAPS  

RECCOMENDED ROUTES:

  • Bissia 7a
  • Ombre rossa 7a
  • Timida 6c+
  • Cindy wau wau 6c+
  • Aladdin 7a
  • Dulfer in fondo 7a

Finale Climbing Area, Savona Province

FINALE ROCK CLIMBING AREA | TUSCANY REGION

finale liguria

Rock climbing at Finale first became popular in 1970's and 1980's and quickly built a reputation as "the" place to go sport climbing in Italy. In recent years it has become more popular again due to the recent activity in opening many new areas and routes. The area of Finale Ligure offers fantastic diverse sports climbing of great quality and character, with over 20 crags offering over 2000 routes. There is everything from single pitch sports routes to multi-pitch bolted routes up to 250m long, both inland and at the coast near Capo Noli.

FINALE ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Liguria
PROVINCE Savona
NEAREST CITY Finale Ligure
GEOGRAPHY Italian Alps
BEST TIME OF YEAR All Year
TYPE OF ROCK Limestone
HEIGHT 300 meters
RANGE OF GRADES 4-8b
LENGTH OF ROPE 70 meter
EQUIPMENT 15 quick-draws (3-4 extra slings)
GUIDE BOOK  

 

 SECTORS

Rock Climb Italy, Finale Climbing Secotrs

1. Caprazoppe
2. Rocce dell'Orera
3. Parelina di Finalborgo
4 Rocca di Perti
5 Placcedelle Case Valle
6 PareteDimenticata
7 Monte Sordo
8 Pian Marino
9 Bric Scimarco
10 Tre Frati
11 Bric Grigio
12 Kattedrale
13 Konvento
14 Bric del Frate
15 Bric Pianarella
16 Bric Spaventaggi
17 Monte Cucco
18 Rian Cornei
19 Val di Nava
20 Bationata di Boragni
21 Lacremia
22 Bric Reseghe
23 Casa dei Vacche
24 Rocca degli Uccelli
25 Rocca di Corno
26 Le Manie
27 Capo Noli

Genova Province | Liguria Region

PROVINCE OF GENOVA | LIGURIN REGION

genova province 1

The province of Genova is divided into three longitudinal bands: the coastal, the hilly hinterland and the mountainous area, and is included in four regional parks, with the Marine Reserve of Portofino and the fine centers in Golfo Paradiso and Tigullio.

The city of Genoa is the watershed between the two coasts of Liguria, the low and sandy Riviera di Ponente (Western), and the Riviera di Levante (Eastern), with high cliffs and rugged coasts.

The Republic of Genoa was an important ally of Napoleon, and suffered a blockade by the English fleet in 1805. For this reason it lost its independence in 1825, when the Congress of Vienna annexed the whole of Liguria to the Kingdom of Sardinia, under the Savoy family. The history of the region, always dependent on the sea, saw since mid-1800 a never-ending exodus of hundreds of thousands of Italian emigrants from the port of Genoa to destinations overseas.

PLACES TO VISIT IN THE PROVINCE OF GENOVA

Guide to Bouldering Sites in the Liguria Region

BOULDERING GUIDE TO THE LIGURIA REGION

Bouldering in Liguria, Punta Corva

 

The Liguria region has some exceptional climbing sites, and there are also a few good bouldering locations.  The best known area is Varazze, located near Genova.

I have been surprised to find a few nice bouldering areas in the Liguria Region of Italy.  The area is more know for it's sun and great beaches, plus being a winter rock climbing destination.  In the past few years a few small areas have been developed and there is perhaps more to come in the coming seasons.  Not great destination spots but enough developed boulders to give you a break from the cord.

 

Bouldering Sites in Liguria

BOULDERING SITES IN LIGURIA REGION

Varazze - Varazze (GO)
Triora - 
Punta Corvo - Montemarcello (SP)

Hiking Tour In Cinque Terre

HIKING TOUR IN CINQUE TERRE

Hiking Tour in Cinque Terre

A spectacular journey on foot and by rail, exploring Italy’s glamorous Portofino, together with two UNESCO World Heritage gems; the Cinque Terre National Park with its five classic colourful fishing villages, and the lovely Portovenere.

The Ligurian coast, known as bella Italia’s ‘Flower Riviera’, will captivate you with its unique coastal and forest trails, where you’ll walk or take short train rides from village to village, admiring the cobalt blue sea and colourful collections of houses that cling to the cliff faces. Revel in the region’s delicious cuisine, washed down with excellent local wines from the region’s terraced vineyards— this tour will delight foodies and keen walkers alike.

This trip begins on the Portofino peninsula, staying in the traditional fishing harbour of Camogli, from where you can visit the impressive San Frutuoso Abbey— located in a beautiful cove and reached only by boat or on foot, as well as the lighthouse ‘Il Faro’ which gives spectacular views of the Mediterranean and Ligurian Seas. You’ll continue on foot to iconic Portofino, where you can relax at the harbour with a chilled caffè freddo and watch the fishing boats and mega-yachts bobbing on the crystal-clear water.

Continue your Italian adventure with a walk through the hills of the East Riviera, staying overnight at Bonassola with its laid-back beach, before continuing south along the coastline to Monterosso. Set amidst terraces of olive groves and vines, Monterosso is the largest of the five villages of the Cinque Terre. Enjoy a choice of coastal or mountain walks through vineyards and fragrant pine and chestnut forests. Alternatively, make use of your two-day rail pass, or simply relax under a colourful beach umbrella.

Visit the town of Riomaggiore, the most southerly of the Cinque Terre villages, dating from the 8th Century and characterised by sorbet-coloured houses perched on slate grey cliffs. Your walking tour finishes in the lovely medieval fishing town of Portovenere, on the Gulf of Poets. No wonder this area inspired such literary greats such as Byron and DH Lawrence.

HIKING CINQUE TERRE AT A QUICK GLANCE

  • DAY 1: Arrive Camogli
  • DAY 2: Transfer to San Rocco and walk to Portofino via San Fruttuoso - 7/11km
  • DAY 3: Train to Bonassola. Walk to Deiva Marina via Framura - 5/11km
  • DAY 4: Walk to Monterosso via Levanto - 3/10km
  • DAY 5: Transfer to Soviore, walk to Monterosso via Vernazza - 6/10km
  • DAY 6: Free day to explore Cinque Terre or choice of walks Colla di Gritta / Corniglia-Riomaggiore - 9/10km
  • DAY 7: Train to Riomaggiore. Walk to Portovenere - 13km
  • DAY 8: GOODBYE

OIFW banner

HIKING TRIP IN CINQUE TERRE ITINERARY

DAY 1: Arrive Camogli

This Italian journey begins in the charming small fishing village of Camogli, situated on the west side of the Portofino peninsula. Camogli is easily reached with good train connections from Genoa or Pisa (and Florence is also an option). If you have time when you arrive, visit the historic centre and embrace the relaxed seaside ambience of Camogli, with its fantastic fresh seafood and colourful houses. Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Camogli

DAY 2: Walk to Portofino via San Fruttuoso

Choice of walks: Easier option: 7km, 734m ascent, 394m descent, 3h30 approx. Harder option: 11km, 1165m ascent, 1185m descent, 5h30.

It is best to transfer to the village of San Rocco. Start your walk with a visit to the San Fruttuoso Abbey, located in a secluded bay overlooking cobalt-blue waters. From here you can choose to walk or take a ferry to the chic town of Portofino (the latter is payable locally).

Enjoy the wonderful view from Il Faro (the Light House), located at the extreme point of the promontory, 1km from Portofino. A firm favourite with the celebrity ‘jet set’, this pretty town is famous for its picturesque harbour. From here you can take the train or boat back to Camogli (payable locally). Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Camogli

DAY 3: Train to Bonassola. Walk to Deiva Marina via Framura

Choice of walks: Easier option: 5km, 421m ascent, 394m descent, 2h30 approx. Harder option: 11km, 878m ascent, 881m descent, 4hrs.

Continue your adventure along the Ligurian Riviera by jumping on a train to Bonassola (payable locally), a lovely town wedged between the sea and mountains, from where you will begin your walk through the hills of the East Riviera. The first part of your walk to Framura is extremely panoramic with wonderful views over the northern Ligurian coast. You can always shorten your walk by finishing in Framura and returning to Bonassola by train. On reaching the pretty little town of Deiva Marina, why not take a cooling dip in the ocean to celebrate a wonderful day’s walk. Overnight: Suggeted Hotel, Bonassola

DAY 4: Walk to Monterosso via Levanto

Choice of walks: Easier option: 3km, 225m ascent, 226m descent, 1h30 approx. Harder option: 10km, 753m ascent, 746m descent, 4h30.

The first part of today’s walk runs along an old railway track which has recently been transformed into a fairly flat cycle path. Walk through the tunnels and over the bridges whilst revelling in spectacular views over the azure sea and cliffs until you reach the idyllic painter’s paradise of Levanto, located in the centre of a charming valley surrounded by green hills. As you reach the ridge top, pause to take in the sweeping views to the mountains which surround the ‘Gulf of Paradise’. Arriving at Punta Mesco you continue your descent towards the village of Monterosso. Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Monterosso

DAY 5: Transfer to Soviore, walk to Monterosso via Vernazza

Choice of walks: Easier option: 6km, 266m ascent, 707m descent, 3hrs approx. Harder option: 10km, 643m ascent, 1098m descent, 4hrs.

After a good breakfast, begin with a transfer to Soviore, thus avoiding the very steep section up an ancient cobbled path. On arrival in Soviore you can either stop to visit the local monastery or immediately begin your walk towards Vernazza.

Follow a panoramic path that gently descends to the Madonna di Reggio, a Sanctuary hidden in the hills behind the little town of Vernazza. From here continue walking on a stone path down to this pretty port full of colourful houses and old fishing boats, before taking the panoramic coastal path back to Monterosso.

To shorten the walk, you can stop in Vernazza if you wish, and take the train back to Monterosso.

Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Monterosso: Walk: 9km, 690m ascent, 696m descent, 3hrs.

DAY 6: Explore Cinque Terre's Colla di Gritta

Monterosso loop walk via Colle di Gritta Head inland past the ‘Chiesa dei Cappucini’ to the Colla di Gritta. Continue over the mountain ridge through lush forests, passing over Monte Molinelli, Monte Rossini, Montenegro and Colla dei Bagari until you reach Punta Mesco. Return to Monterosso via a series of old stone footpaths. Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Monterosso

DAY 7: Train to Riomaggiore. Walk to Portovenere

Walk: 13km, 861m ascent, 875m descent, 6hrs.

A short train ride (payable locally) takes you to Riomaggiore, the most southerly of the villages of the Cinque Terre, dating from 13th Century. Continue your walk to the edge of the chain of mountains which borders the Cinque Terre area. From Colle del Telegrafo, follow the ridgeline until you reach Portovenere, passing through the village of Campiglia. Your final walk will be rewarded with great views over the Cinque Terre coastline and the impressive cliffs of Portovenere at the end.

The stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site of Portovenere was a favourite of such literary greats as Byron, Shelley and DH Lawrence. Its photogenic San Pietro Church was built atop the remains of a 6th-century church, said to occupy the site of an ancient Roman temple to Venus. Overnight: Suggested Hotel, Portovenere

DAY 8: Tour Ends

Hiking Trip in Cinque Terre

Hiking Trip Cinque Terre

Hiking Trip Cinque Terre

FOR MAPS, ROUTE NOTES, TRAVEL INFORMATION CONTACT US.

Imperia Province | LIGURIA

IMPERIA PROVINCE | LIGURIA REGION

The Province of Imperia is a mountainous and hilly province, in the Liguria region of Italy, situated between the France to the north and the Ligurian Sea, an arm of the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Its capital is the city of Imperia. To the east lies the Italian province of Savona while its western edge forms part of Italy's frontier with France (the département of Alpes-Maritimes) and it shares its northern border with the Piedmontese province of Cuneo. The mountain chain to the north of the province has several peaks above , with some peaks on the French border above such as Monte Saccarello. Ranges of hills run down to the coast in a generally north-south direction, in effect making the province of Imperia a succession of hills and valleys ending at the coast in rocky headlands and small pebbly bays.

Each valley tends to have its own seasonal river or torrential stream and only one valley can lay claim to a year-round river, that is the River Roia (or Roya in French) whose upper stretches are within France. This coast is in an earthquake zone and the deserted ruins of Baiardo and Bussana Vecchia are reminders of the 1887 earthquake. Bussana has become the haunt of hippies and artists. Notwithstanding the terrain, the main communications infrastructure runs east-west along the coast. Several international express trains serve this coast while the motorway is characterised by many tunnels and viaducts.

The nearest international airport is Nice Côte d'Azur Airport in France. This stretch of coast shares much sentiment and history with the French coast, which as far as the Var just west of Nice was until 1860 a part of the northern Italian Kingdom of Sardinia and Savoy.

Tourism is still very important today, but apart from flower growing, olive cultivation and oil pressing are important mainstays around the city of Imperia. Sanremo is undoubtedly the tourist capital and chic-est and largest resort on this coast. As well as its Casino, Sanremo is famous for the Sanremo Music Festival, a popular televised event in Italy. One curiosity is that Bordighera supplies palms to the Vatican for Palm Sunday. As well as sharing a common history, the local Ligurian language dialect of Imperia province is a mix of French and Italian, the architecture and cuisine also show many Italianate similarities. Pasta, fish, seafood, game, vegetables, herbs, nuts and fruit are all mainstays of the diet. Menton in France and Ventimiglia in Italy claim to be the first international joint-community. This coast even has its own princely version of the French Riviera's ' Principality of Monaco': Seborga near Ospedaletti claims an unrecognised and much-humoured independence from Italy dating back to those early feudal days. Although there are few examples of Renaissance or Baroque architecture in this part of Italy, most coastal towns and many hill-top villages still exhibit picturesque old quarters dating from the Middle Ages. There has been much development during the 20th century. In general the coastal strip has become over-populated while inland villages are steadily becoming depopulated.

HISTORY OF THE IMPERIA PROVINCE

Prehistoric cave remains were found near the French border at Balzi Rossi, although there is far more evidence of Roman civilisation. The coast road was the original Roman Via Aurelia and there are remains of a town including a Roman theatre near Ventimiglia. During the early Middle Ages until the 11th or 12th centuries, this part of the Ligurian coast was subject to various local lords such as the Doria and Grimaldi families and the Counts of Ventimiglia and Clavesana. Many hill-top villages date from this period when the coast was subject to raids from Saracen pirates and evidence of Saracen watchtowers can still be seen along the coast. It was only after this feudal period that Savoy and Genoa vied for control over this part of Liguria for over two centuries, in turn being replaced by French and Milanese dominance until the 16th century after which Genoa reasserted its control.

During the years of Napoleon's French Empire, this coast became part of the French annexed ' Ligurian Republic'. Indeed It is believed that Napoleon over-nighted in Imperia during his Italian campaign. The overthrow of Napoleon eventually led to this coast reverting to the House of Savoy and the Kingdom of Sardinia. With its close proximity to France, the province of Imperia is often viewed as just a continuation of the French Riviera and this stretch of coast is often referred to as the Italian Riviera. However, many historians claim that the Imperia resorts of Sanremo (also referred to incorrectly as San Remo), Bordighera and Ospedaletti (plus Alassio which is found in the adjoining province of Savona) formed the world's first 'Riviera', predating and originally outshining today's far more glitzy Côte d'Azur or French Riviera.

In the 19th Century these resorts became very popular with wealthy Europeans, especially the British who can lay claim to starting the local tourism industry. It is claimed Britain's Queen Victoria once stayed on this coast and at one time there were large communities of resident British and Russian aristocrats who favoured the mild winter climate. Amongst those who lived on this coast are Queen Margherita of Savoy who lived in Bordighera, Alfred Nobel who died in Sanremo, the Russian Tsarina Maria Alexandrovna (Marie of Hesse), Tchaikovsky who wrote Eugene Onegin in Sanremo, Claude Monet who painted around Bordighera and finally Grock the famed Swiss clown who died in Imperia. These resorts remained popular with the British until the mid 20th century when Spain became more favoured. Today there are few descendants of these communities although traces of its grand past can be found in the Villa Hanbury (or Giardini Botanici Hanbury) near the French border, famed for its tropical and sub-tropical gardens founded by Sir Thomas Hanbury. Other examples are the Russian Orthodox church in Sanremo and the Villa Grock in Imperia. Nowadays the term ' Italian Riviera' is used for the whole Ligurian coast as far east as La Spezia, so it is more accurate to refer to the coast of the Imperia province as the Riviera dei Fiori (or Riviera of Flowers). It takes this name from the exotic flora and important flower-growing industry centred on the Sanremo and Ventimiglia flower markets. There are several ports and marinas along the coast including Sanremo and Imperia, although fishing boats have given way to pleasure craft of the rich.

PLACES TO VISIT IN THE IMPERIA PROVINCE

La Spezia Province | Liguria Region

LA SPEZIA PROVINCE | LIGURIA REGION

The Province of La Spezia (Italian: Provincia della Spezia) is a province in the Liguria region of Italy. Its capital is the city of La Spezia. It has an area of and a total population of 223,606 inhabitants (2010). There are 32 communes in the province. In the province of La Spezia are the famous Cinque Terre, Portovenere and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto), a UNESCO World Heritage Site link. Also more in this area are the villages of Brugnato, Montemarcello, Tellaro and Varese Ligure, which were included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy link. In addition, the Province of La Spezia is one of the institutions awarded with the Gold Medal for Military Valour for the sacrifices of its people and its activities in the partisan struggle during the Second World War.

GETTING TO AND AROUND THE LA SPEZIA PROVINCE

Railways The Province of La Spezia is very well connected to the whole Italian territory by the Italian Railways. Two main lines cross the territory: the "Tirrenica" line linking the province to Genoa and Rome, and the "Pontremolese" line that goes in the direction of Parma. There are regular trains that connect the province with the main Italian cities, including: Milan, Turin, Florence, Pisa, Palermo, Reggio Calabria, Naples, Savona and Ventimiglia. Airports In the province there is the airport of Luni, which is used only by general aviation. The nearest airports with international and intercontinental connections are: Pisa airport, the airport of Genoa, and Milan Malpensa airport. Motorways There are two motorways that cross the territory. The A12 motorway which connects the province with Genoa and Livorno, and the A15 motorway, which connects La Spezia to Parma.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN THE LA SPEZIA PROVINCE

PLACES TO VISIT IN THE SAVONA PROVINCE

Loreto Climbing Area, Imperia Province

LORETO ROCK CLIMBING AREA | TUSCANY REGION

Rock Climbing Italy, Loreto Climbing Site Liguria

Loreto and Trova Climbing Sites in the Liguria Region of Italy, are located in the upper part of the Argentina valley.  The climbing site is made up of serval small cliffs withe over 100+ fixed routes.  There are still other small cliffs with 20 or less routes.

LORETO ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Liguria
PROVINCE Imperia
NEAREST CITY Imperia
GEOGRAPHY Italian Alps
Rock Climb Italy, Liguria Region
BEST TIME OF YEAR
Spring and Fall
TYPE OF ROCK
Limestone with edges
HEIGHT
140 meters
RANGE OF GRADES
5b - 7c
LENGTH OF ROPE
60 meters
EQUIPMENT
15 quick-draws
GUIDE BOOKS
 

RECOMMENED ROUTES:

  • Lacimi 6b
  • Il Cappello di Eva 5c
  • Tu mi turbi 6c+
  • Vico ale 6a+

Monte Parodi from La Spezia Bike Climb

MONTE PARODI FROM LA SPEZIA BIKE CLIMB | LIGURIA

This climb was used in the 2015 Giro d'Italia and a great cycle day to enjoy if you are visiting the Cinque Terre area. 

Bike Touring Italy | Monte Parodi Route Notes

monte parodi

REGION Liguria
PROVINCE La Spezia
MOUNTAIN GROUP Northern Apennine
LENGTH 8.7 km
START POINT La Spezia
FINISH POINT Monte Parodi
ELEVATION START 22 meters a.s.l.
MAX ELEVATION 624 meters a.s.l
ELEVATION GAIN 602 meters
AVERAGE GRADE 6.9%
MAX GRADE 13%
TIME TO RIDE 45 minutes

Muzzerone Climbing Area, La Spezia Province

MUZZERONE ROCK CLIMBING AREA | LIGURIA REGION

muzzarone

Great site just south of popular tourist destination of Cinque Terre (5 lands). The climbing is on good quality limestone that sits above the rocky coast of the Ligurian Sea. There are several small sectors, each with a few quality routes, I enjoyed the central wall and the Atlantide sectors. There are plenty of things to enjoy in the area and a few other climbing areas inland in case of poor weather.

MUZZERONE ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Liguria
PROVINCE La Spezia
NEAREST CITY La Spezia

Rock Climb Italy, Muzzarone Climb Map

BEST TIME OF YEAR Spring and Fall
TYPE OF ROCK Limestone, pockets and columns
HEIGHT 200 meters
LENGTH OF ROPE 70 meters
EQUIPMENT  15 quick-draws
GUIDE BOOK  

There are several sectors to climb at each has a variety of difficulties and styles

 SECTORS

Rock Climb Italy, Muzzarone Sectors

1. PARETE CENTRALE
2. SPECCHIO and ATLANTIDE
3. GARIMPO
4 POLVERIERA and POLERIERA
5 CAJENNA
6 ORATORIO and PARETE STRIATA
7. MANDRACHIA

Rock Climbing Guide to the Liguria Region, Italy

LIGURIA REGION ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE 

Portovenere

Liguria has been the winter destination for climbers in the Eastern Regions of Italy for several years. Finale is perhaps the second largest bolted area in Italy, behind Arco in the Trentino region. There are some classic routes that are part of Italy's and Europe's sport climbing history in Finale, and in the last 15 years some other crags in various valleys have gained notice.

If you can get to one of the sites I have listed, be sure to buy the local guidebookespecially if it is being sold by someone who has bolted routes in the area. The routes I recommend are routes I have tried over the years, not all routes will be up to date.

Map to the Rock Climbing Areas in the Liguria Region of Italy

CLIMBING SITES IN THE LIGURIA REGION ITALY

  • Varazze
  • Tirora
  • Toirano
  • Scagilun da lelua
  • Riva Trigoso
  • Punta Manara
  • Praglia
  • Orca Feglino
  • Maggirasca
  • Lago Valnoci
  • La Sfinge - Delva
  • Cravasco
  • Balardetto

BEST TIME TO CLIMB IN LIGURIA REGION

Liguria has been a winter climbing destination for most European climbers.  The weather is mild enough for 4-6 hours of climbing and there are sites you can frequent even if it is raining.  There other attraction is that there are lots of cheap sleeps since it is off season for the sea side resorts.

Savona Province | Liguria Region

SAVONA PROVINCE | LIGURIA REGION

The province of Savona is part of the Liguria Region of Italy, and located along the Italia Riveria.  The Province is bordered by the Province of Imperia, City of Genova and Province of Genova , the Ligurian Sea, and the Piedmont Region.  The capital of the Province is the town of Savona.

In the province there are four mountain communities, three regional parks and three nature reserves ( the Island of Gallinara, Bergeggi Island, and the Regional Natural Reserve of Rio Torsero). The territory is known for its abundance of natural rock cavities and caves, especially in Varatella and in the municipality of Toirano. Among the most famous is the Cave of the Basura or witch, full of important archaeological traces that has been connected to the Neolithic and early man.

The valleys of Savona are given shape by the two major mountain ranges, the Ligurian Alps or the Maritime (between the Colle di Cadibona and Colle di Tenda) and the Ligurian Apennines. According to studies it is on the hill of Cadibona, to 459 m above sea level, where the two mountain systems are conventionally divided, forming a set of articulated valleys and hills between their different orographic. They consist mostly of large areas of woodland, estimated today at about 64% of the entire provincial territory. This value, called forest area index, represents a kind of Italian record - the national average is 29%, making the Province of Savona the most wooded in Italy. Its forests are formed mostly by chestnut trees, about 30% of the forest land, plus oak, beech, maple, ash, cherry, rowan, alder, hornbeam, poplar and birch.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN THE PROVINCE OF SAVONA

PLACES TO VISIT IN THE SAVONA PROVINCE

The Italian Riviera

THE ITALIAN RIVIERA OF THE LIGURIA REGION

Capo Mortola

The Italian Riviera, or Ligurian Riviera is the narrow coastal strip which lies between the Ligurian Sea and the mountain chain formed by the Maritime Alps and the Apennines. Longitudinally it extends from the border with France and the French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur) near Ventimiglia (a former customs post) to Capo Corvo (also known as Punta Bianca) which marks the Eastern end of the Gulf of La Spezia and is close to the border of the Tuscany Region. The Italian Riviera thus includes nearly all of the coastline of Liguria Region. (Historically it extended further to the west, through what is now French territory as far as Monaco.)

The Riviera's centre is Genoa, which divides it into two main sections: the Riviera di Ponente (“the coast of the setting sun”), extending westwards from Genoa to the French border; and the Riviera di Levante (“the coast of the rising sun”) between Genoa and Capo Corvo. It is famous for its particularly mild climate and relaxed way of life which, together with the charm of its old fishing ports and the beauty of its landscape, has made it a popular destination for travellers and tourists since the time of English Poets of Byron and Shelley. Many villages and towns in the area are internationally known, such as Portofino, Bordighera, Lerici, and the Cinque Terre. The part of the Riviera di Ponente centred on Savona, is called the "Riviera delle Palme" (the Riviera of palms); the part centered on Sanremo, is the "Riviera dei Fiori", after the long-established flower growing industry.

Places on or near the Italian Riviera include:

  • Alassio
  • Albenga
  • Albissola
  • Ameglia
  • Andora
  • Arenzano
  • Arma di Taggia
  • Bajardo
  • Balestrino
  • Bergeggi
  • Bergeggi Island
  • Bogliasco
  • Bonassola
  • Bordighera
  • Borghetto Santo Spirito
  • Borgio Verezzi
  • Bussana
  • Bussana Vecchia
  • Brugnato
  • Colletta di Castelbianco
  • Camogli
  • Campo Ligure
  • Campomorone
  • Camporosso
  • Capo di Noli
  • Capo Mele
  • Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena
  • Celle Ligure
  • Ceriale
  • Ceriana
  • Cervo
  • Chiavari
  • Cicagna
  • Cinque Terre
  • Cipressa
  • Civezza
  • Cogoleto
  • Corniglia
  • Costarainera
  • Deiva Marina
  • Diano Marina
  • Finale Ligure
  • Framura
  • Gallinara Island
  • Genoa
  • Genoa Nervi
  • Genoa Pegli
  • Genoa Sant'Ilario
  • Imperia
  • Laigueglia
  • Lavagna
  • Lerici
  • Levanto
  • Loano
  • Manarola
  • Moneglia
  • Monterosso al Mare
  • Noli
  • Ospedaletti
  • Palmaria (island)
  • Pietra Ligure
  • Portofino
  • Portovenere
  • Rapallo
  • Recco
  • Riomaggiore
  • Riva Ligure
  • San Bartolomeo al Mare
  • San Fruttuoso
  • San Lorenzo al Mare
  • San Pietro di Rovereto
  • San Rocco
  • Sanremo
  • Santo Stefano al Mare
  • Santa Margherita Ligure
  • Sarzana
  • Savona
  • Sestri Levante
  • Sori
  • La Spezia
  • Spotorno
  • Taggia
  • Vado Ligure
  • Vallecrosia
  • Varazze
  • Ventimiglia
  • Vernazza
  • Voltri
  • Zoagli
  • Zuccarello

follow us

General

  • About Us
  • Advertise with us
  • Privacy Policy