Liguria Off The Beaten Path Tips by globetrott Top 5 Page for this destination
Liguria Off The Beaten Path: 20 reviews and 53 photos
Portofino with castle Brown & San Giorgio
When you are in Portofino I may highly recommend to walk up to the castle Brown (on the left of my picture )in order to have the great view over the bay.
The old castle had great strategic importance since times of the roman empire, as from there the whole bay of La Spezia & the Ligurian Coast could be seen and approaching enemies had no chance to land on the coast unwatched.
On the right of my picture you may see San Giorgio, easyly to be reached by a walk of about 10-15 minutes.
The church itself is great although it is not as richly decorated as many other , less famous churches in Liguria.
And in front of the church you will have a terrace for a first great view of the whole Portofino-bay.
Lavagna is a lovely town east of Genua / Genova and I stayed there for a few days simply for the fact, that I found an easy parking free of charge for my motorhome there.
Lavagna has perfect connections to 5terre and Genua by train.
My favorite place in Lavagna , besides the Marina, was the cemetery with a lot of great and touching sculptures - you will see some of them on my picture-conbination and another one in the tips about "Local customs"
Also the church looks really beautiful.
Please click here in order to see, where to find Lavagna :
www.multimap.com - Lavagna
For more infos and pics of Lavagna - just click on my link below !
Nervi - great villas
Nervi is a place I saw first , when I passed by in the train to Genua, and all the coastline was lighted, including the 2 small castellos and so decided to go there with Chiara the other day.
Nervi has a lovely path along the coast with a lot of palmtrees and other great vegetation.
My favorite place was the rosary, that looked great already in march, although just a few roses survived the winter.
Lots of squirrels will be in the park and do NOT miss the interesting sign at the entrance of the park, saying the park will be open, till the bell rings... ;-))
Well, THEN you better run, run, run quickly...
You may click here in order to see where to find Nervi on the map :
www.multimap.com - Nervi
On the link below you may see more infos and pics about Nervi and the famous Rosary
the rosary / Roseto Villa Grimaldi
This lovely Rosary is certainly worth a visit, when you search for a nice and quiet park with great palmtrees and lovely roses...
Unfortunately in March it was too early in the year to see any blooming roses... :-((
But there are as well plenty of tropical flowers and trees, that I knew only in small versions, planted in a small pot in Austrian living-rooms...
...but there in Roseto Villa Grimaldi they are huge trees and look really great and interesting and stay in the garden the whole year long.
Something funny is the sign at the entrance of the rosary:
they open at 08.00a.m. and will close the gate, when the bell rings...
and then you better run, run, run to be in time at the gate ;-))
Genova seen from Righi
In Genua you may take the funiculare to Righi - one of the hills above town.
From up there you will have this wonderfull panorame-view of Genua / Genova.
The funiculare takes about 15 minutes and starts in the centre of town and has a 2nd stop at half way (close to Palazzo Brutto and also the youth hostel).
There is a large castle on top of Righi - in a walking distance of about 20 minutes ( and a public bus will also take you there )
You may as well drive up Righi with your own car, but the funicolare is a lot more fun !
The Righi castle above Genua
On top of Righi - in a walking distance of about 20 minutes - you will see a massive castle, or rather the ruins of it.
The castle seems to be partly used by the army and partly private and there was just a small restaurant / buffet inside the arch seen on my pic.
But it was a nice walk and you may also see plenty of more castles on the nearby hills
Directely at the funicolare you may take the bus and it might be a good idea to go with it a big distance and finally walk back in order to see all of these castles.
I have been up there in march 2003 and saw also many of local people camping up there at the big car-parks.
Vernazza - the church interior
When arriving in Vernazza by boat you will see the small church in the bay on your left.
Have a look inside the , the interior is not as richly decorated as most of the other churches in Italy, but it still looks great and you have to considder, it is more than 1000 years old and all materials had to be taken there by boat
Have a look out of the medieval arches of the church-windows in order to have a great view to the bay of Monterosso al mare.
Monterosso is in a distance of just about 10 minutes by boat , or 1,5 hours walk over the hills
Genua - Galleria Giuseppe Mazzini
Galleria Mazzini is obviously named after Giuseppe Mazzini, who was one of the revolutionaries around G.Garribaldi.
This galleria is a traditional shopping-centre with great architecture , lovely chandeliers and a great atmosphere.
Galleria Mazzini is just a few meters behind of Teatro Carlo Felice, and only about 200 meters from Piazza de ferrari with the famous fountain.
You may click on this link in order to see, where to find galleria Giuseppe Mazzini:
www.multimap.com - Genua / Genova
Genua - Palazzo Brutto
This lovely palazzo may be seen from almost every place in Genua and so it attracted my attention and I walked up the hill behind the " Castelletto "
It took me about 40 minutes to walk up there on Corso Firenze simply to find out, it is a private home now, and the closer you get, the less of it you may see.
But that walk also showed me lots of other great buildings and it might be a good idea to take a walk up that hill, if you have a lot of time.
(You may also simply take the funicolare per Righi and leave the 2nd station ) and walk just downhill again.
On my map you may see where to find Corso Firenze :
www.multimap.com -Genua / Genova
Orario Santa Croce in Monterosso
Have a look for this lovely Orario in Monterosso al Mare.
An Orario / Oratory is a building ment to pray, BUT no real church.
This oratory has a great and interesting interior in Baroque style.
When you click on my picture you may see a typical cross for the area of Liguria on the right and also the model of a sailing-ship hanging down from the ceiling.
The church is open during the day and waiting for your visit - free of charge, and on a really hot summerday it might be also a great place to escape the heat.
www.multimap.com - Monterosso al Mare
More Reviews (45)
- See All Parking a car became a lot safer...
- See All Another great restaurant in Boccadasse /...
- See All Manarola in Cinque terre
- See All The Ligurian Cross
- See All Paragliding in Monterosso al mare
globetrott's Related Pages
Liguria Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "LIGURIA - my favorite area in Italy !!"
- "Cinque Terre"
- "Le Cinque Terre"
- "Hiking the Cinque Terre"
- "Liguria Coastline"
- See All...
- Things to Do in Liguria
- Hotels in Liguria
- Transportation in Liguria
- Nightlife in Liguria
- Restaurants in Liguria
- Shopping in Liguria
- Warnings and Dangers in Liguria
- See All...
Explore the World
- Southbury Hotels
- State of Meghalaya Hotels
- Tórshavn Hotels
- Ruines du Château de Montaigle Hotels
- Thousand Oaks
- Amarante Off The Beaten Path
- Pololu Valley
- Freiburg im Breisgau Off The Beaten Path
- Montpellier Off The Beaten Path
- Ealing Off The Beaten Path
- Haiti Off The Beaten Path
- Big Sur Off The Beaten Path
- Tain Off The Beaten Path
- Juan-les-Pins Off The Beaten Path
- Zermatt Off The Beaten Path
- Kakadu National Park Off The Beaten Path
Badges & Stats in Liguria
- 145 Reviews
- 305 Photos
- 57 Forum posts
- 2 Cities
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (207)
Have you been to Liguria?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in Liguria
- Posted in Travel Hallstatt Forum "Re: Bad weather?"
- Uploaded a Photo to "GENOVA - Roman Polanski's Pirate-ship"
- Commented on one of tini58de's Liguria travel pages
- updated a Liguria Travel Page "LIGURIA - my favorite area in Italy !!"
- Wrote a Review Parking a car became a lot safer recently in Liguria Warnings and Dangers
Top 10 Pages
- Top 5 Page for this destination Santiago de Compostela Intro, 251 reviews, 1221 photos, 3 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Europe Intro, 377 reviews, 1066 photos, 1 travelogue
- Top 5 Page for this destination Austria Intro, 262 reviews, 1130 photos, 6 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Australia and Oceania Intro, 192 reviews, 893 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Norway Intro, 203 reviews, 792 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Germany Intro, 181 reviews, 805 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Vienna Intro, 200 reviews, 552 photos, 4 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Switzerland Intro, 172 reviews, 413 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Salzburg Intro, 160 reviews, 421 photos, 2 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Prague Intro, 253 reviews, 293 photos, 2 travelogues
FriendsSee All Friends (342)
Top Liguria hotels
- La Spezia Hotels
- 120 Reviews - 250 Photos
- Santa Margherita Ligure Hotels
- 77 Reviews - 258 Photos
- Monterosso al Mare Hotels
- 184 Reviews - 622 Photos
- Riomaggiore Hotels
- 286 Reviews - 921 Photos
- Genoa Hotels
- 728 Reviews - 1882 Photos
- Portofino Hotels
- 124 Reviews - 450 Photos
- Vernazza Hotels
- 246 Reviews - 809 Photos
- Manarola Hotels
- 185 Reviews - 518 Photos
- Sestri Levante Hotels
- 31 Reviews - 95 Photos
- Portovenere Hotels
- 144 Reviews - 360 Photos
- Levanto Hotels
- 28 Reviews - 49 Photos
- Camogli Hotels
- 36 Reviews - 97 Photos
- San Remo Hotels
- 31 Reviews - 89 Photos
- Bordighera Hotels
- 4 Reviews - 6 Photos
- Chiavari Hotels
- 24 Reviews - 66 Photos