About Liguria

Liguria, known as Italian Riviera or Riviera Dei Fiori, offers much beauty and variety. This wonderful strip of land is a treasure of a find and will enchant any traveller in pursuit of natural or man-made beauty, charming people, good food and interesting, characterful wine.

The routes inland from Sanremo (entroterra) offer stunning sights of pretty, unspoiled villages, Liguria's real draw.

Our tours showcase Liguria’s raw beauty, its stark landscapes, awesome vistas, rugged mountains and inviting coastal sands and vineyards showing the heroic spirit of the place.

Nature

186 miles of coast on a splendid sea, generous beaches interrupted by small coves, minuscule yet gorgeous ports and amazing sceneries for exploring.

The nurseries that punctuate the riviera, the mountains, which stand majestically behind the riviera, are the ideal choice for trekking lovers. Rocks, scenic valleys, streams and lakes, with the typical colors and scents of the Mediterranean scrub, make up the stunning natural framework of the Ligurian hinterland.

Ancient salt routes link the Ligurian sea ports to Turin in Piedmont. They've been walked for centuries by merchants, pilgrims or 2nd world war (WWII) armies. On these routes the wine from Piedmont used to be carried down to Ligurian markets whilst salt and spices went up the opposite way.

Culture

There are a number of charming attractions, some of them classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO for their uniqueness and their historical and natural value.

Genoa, a multi-faceted city that combines the ancient with the modern, its culture, places, food and buildings tell the story of the old Maritime Republic.

Custom Tours in ItalyLiguria's delightful, picturesque, little medieval villages are a must to visit. Each of these charming villages has a story to tell and there's always going to be some friendly people ready to tell it. While you can't tour them all, just visiting a few will add an authentic Italian flavor to your trip to Liguria.

Every year many famous Italian singers and new talents take part at the Festival of Italian Music in Sanremo.

The Wine

When it comes to wine, Liguria still remains one of Italy’s least explored. Vineyards are scattered throughout the hills, occupying some of the most impossible and scenic locations. Wine Tours in Liguria, Italy The best are located at 500-600 meters above sea level, where the cold air from the mountains meets the warm Mediterranean breeze.

The wine zones explored by the tour are
Dolceaqua - a small zone near the French border, in-land from Ventimiglia and Bordighera. The scenic, terraced vineyards are clustered in the middle of the zone, on the mid-high slopes along Nervia, Crosia and Roia Valleys. The grapes are the Rossese di Dolceacqua, a grape capable of making wines of great distinction.

 

Riviera Ligure di Ponente - covers the best part of the western Liguria's arc, with the wines coming from one of four grape varieties: Rossese, Ormeasco, the fragrant white Vermentino and the local Pigato.

More than 85 indigenous grape varietals are grown in terraced vineyards, high up on ridges along the coast or inland valleys and many are boutique, family run operations.

Custom Tours in Liguria, Italy

We will be enjoying the local wines – Rossese, Pigato and Vermentino, as well as wines or blends of indigenous grape varieties. These wines are distinctive and full of flavour, the whites ranging from crisp and vibrant to unctuous and rich, the reds showing both elegance and power, all with a regional signature of minerality and hints of the local wild herbs.

The Food

Ligurian food is the most Mediterranean of the Italian cuisine.  Every village and town has their own traditions and flavours. Liguria is the home land of focaccia, the local street food, to be found in numerous shapes and flavours. There are savoury tarts of minced field greens, zucchini or its flowers stuffed with a meatless egg, cheese and bread filling, wild herbs and zucchini with the musically named, at times one metre long trombetta. There are several types of protected local produce such as the artichoke, carciofo di Perinaldo, introduced by Napoleon during his campaign in Italy or the trombetta Ligure - the local zucchina variety. Throw in some Vessalico garlic, Triora bread, wild greens ravioli, pesto and hearty polenta with wild rabbit or boar and the culinary diversity is amongst the most intriguing in Italy.

And then there is the sensual Ligurian oil, to many an elixir, medicine, a full meal. Local pride and medal fetcher, it is made of Taggiasca, a small and particularly flavoursome olive variety.

What to see

A brief list of recommendations include visits to:

  • Botanical gardens at Villa Hanbury close to Ventimiglia.
  • Hystoric theatres of Liguria
  • Dolceacqua and the villages of Nervia Valley
  • Villages of Bussana Vecchia, Valloria, Cervo, Borgio Verezzi and Finalborgo
  • Cycling from San Remo to Imperia on an old railway track
  • The Markets in Ventimiglia
  • Ventimiglia old town - Ventimiglia Alta
  • Trips into Monaco
  • Take a drive on the spectacular Autostrada dei Fiori - a culmination of Italian engineering
  • Events

    Festivals

  • February - San Remo Music Festival
  • March - San Remo flower parade - sfilata di carri fioriti
  • June - Ventimiglia - Flower Parade
  • Sagre

    If you really want to see how the Italians in regional Italy live, add a sagra to your calendar, or, plan your visit to Italy around sagre. A sagra can be one of the most fun, authentic evenings you’ll spend in Italy.

    A sagra is a festival organized by a community, usually an entire town and almost always centers around a specific food or dish. Most of these foods or dishes are local specialties, e.g. artichoke, olive, wine.   Or around a Saint day. Here is some of them.

  • May - Dolceacqua, slow food day; Perinaldo artichoke Fair; Wine fair Open cellars in Liguria
  • August – Airole -  Lavender festival;
  • September - Rocchetta Nervina - U Festin
  • November - Finalborgo, Artisan Chocolate fair; Tagiasca Olive - Imperia;
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