Excursions - A Thousand Emotions to Live in Liguria
The Gulf of Tigullio
No words for the incomparable beauty of this corner of paradise: the harmony and elegance of Portofino, the undisputed charm of Santa Margherita, the lively beauty of Rapallo, the historical and natural treasures of Chiavari, until the charming centre of Moneglia and the magic of Sestri Levante. And now discovery everything...
It is a different and romantic Genoa that of majestic patrician villas. A fantastic world of lakes and waterfalls, small temples and Eastern pagodas that has kept intact the charm of Villa Pallavicini in Pegli www.museidigenova.it www.pegli.com/villapallavicini , while splendid rose gardens are the setting of International Ballet Festival which takes place every year at Villa Groppallo in Nervi www.parchidinervi.it . In Arenzano, in a fabulous park with a luxuriant vegetation rich of rare specimens faces Villa Negrotto Cambiaso, and from 1600 the contrast of red and yellow of Villa Balbi in Sestri Levante warms eyes and hearts of visitors.
Walls Urban Park (Parco delle Mura
) On hills overlooking Genoa, along the ridges that separate the Val Bisagno and Valpolcevera, there are the 1600 walls that contained the city, and is said to be the longest of the world after the Chinese Wall www.genova-turismo.it Now keep one of wider forts systems and a large green area with an interesting butterfly-watching itinerary and an Adventure Park. www.yumping.it.
The Casella train
A picturesque narrow-gauge railway since 1929 climbs to the slopes of Genoa valleys along daring tracks, offering breathtaking panoramas, from the Forts profiles to the sea and the promontory of Portofino.
In this thin strip of mountainous territory overlooking the Liguria Sea is concentrated an extraordinary variety of natural environments, like the Regional Natural Park of Beigua www.parcobeigua.it , that with its rich vegetation, beautiful ponds and small waterfalls represents a privileged site for migratory birds. Or the Park of Antola www.parcoantola.it , with its secular chestnuts and beautiful butterflies
There are many sacred places in Genoa, especially in places where men have called for the divine presence and placed in their hope. Often the sanctuaries arise in places of enchanting beauty, like the Sancturay of Nostra Signora della Guardia www.santuarioguardia.it , from which you can enjoy a unique view, which ranges from Corsica to Monte Cervino. There are many pilgrims who come each year to Arenzano from all over the world to visit the Sanctuary of the Holy Child of Prague, where there are significant works of modern art, such as Albisola ceramic sculptures and the permanent artistic nativity scene.
In front of Liguria there is a stretch of sea where you can have exceptional meetings. Every summer, approximately 2000 whales and other cetaceans such as dolphins and sperm whales go through this warm basin. So you can see the whales in their natural environment, admire the elegance and magnificence, observe them without causing any interference
The Caves of Toirano
Toirano is a small medieval centre famous for its extraordinary limestone caves. They offer a breathless spectacle, with the suggestion of light on stalactites, fantastic forms that water has given the rocks, crystal flowers, the bears cemetery bears and the corridor of footprints. . www.toiranogrotte.it