Bays and creeks immersed in a natural setting, evocative fishing villages, small picturesque squares and little refined harbours. Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Zoagli, Chiavari, Lavagna and Sestri Levante. These are the towns on Liguria’s coast that with their elegance and charm turn Tigullio into a magic place. You can stroll across the gardens on the seafront of Santa Margherita Ligure and visit Villa Durazzo to then take a rest in the shade of century-old holm oaks and the Neoclassical statues adorning it. Get to Portofino with a ferry to breath in the atmosphere and charm for which it is world-famous.
Try out the golf courses, stables and sailing school that welcome sports enthusiasts in Rapallo. Explore the small village of Zoagli while you imagine the meeting between the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and the prophet Zarathustra, which inspired one of the most important books of the history of literature. Go to the basilica of Santo Stefano in Lavagna and breathe the healthy air of Chiavari’s botanical garden, Parco Rocca, with its scented essences. Stop in Sestri Levante, the town between the two seas, to admire the exciting Bay of Silence and Bay of Fairy Tales while thinking of Hans Christian Andersen and the Award bearing his name. Moreover, an untouched hinterland full of waterways invites you to explore the slate quarries of Val Fontanabuona, the Aveto Regional Natural Park, the old towns of Val Graveglia, Lake Giacopiane in the Valle Sturla valley and the views and trails of the Petronio valley. The area’s gastronomic tradition comprises wine, oil, pasta, cheese and fish, which are staple products of the local cuisine.