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Liguria (Bradt Travel Guides


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Introduction vi PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION 1 Chapter 1 Background Information 3 Geography 3, Climate 3, Natural history and conservation 4, History 5, Government and politics 11, Economy 12, People 13, Language 14, Religion 14, Education 15, Culture 16 Chapter 2 Practical Information 19 When to visit 19, Highlights 19, Suggested itineraries 20, Tour operators 20, Red tape 21, Embassies 21, Getting there and away 22, Health 23, Safety 25, What to take 26, Money 27, Budgeting 27, Getting around 27, Accommodation 29, Eating and drinking 30, Public holidays and festivals 34, Shopping 35, Opening times 35, Entertainment 36, Sport 36, Photography 37, Media and communications 37, Buying a property 38, Cultural etiquette 38, Travelling positively 38 PART TWO GENOA 41 Chapter 3 Genoa 43 History 45, Getting there and away 47, Orientation 49, Getting around 49, Tourist information and maps 50, Where to stay 51, Where to eat 53, Entertainment and nightlife 61, Shopping 62, Other practicalities 63, What to see and do 63, Further afield 76 PART THREE THE RIVIERA DI LEVANTE 81 Chapter 4 Recco to Sestri Levante 83 Recco 83, Camogli 85, Santa Margherita Ligure 90, Portofino 93, Rapallo 96, Uscio 100, Chiavari 101, Sestri Levante 108 Chapter 5 The Cinque Terre and the Val di Vara 111 The Cinque Terre 111, Monterosso al Mare 117, Vernazza 120, Corniglia 121, Manarola 123, Riomaggiore 124, Along the coast 125, Up in the mountains 127, The Val di Vara 128 Chapter 6 La Spezia and the Gulf of Poets 135 La Spezia 135, West along the Golfo dei Poeti 141, Porto Venere 141, East along the Golfo dei Poeti 144, Sarzana 150 PART FOUR THE RIVIERA DI PONENTE 155 Chapter 7 Arenzano to Savona 157 Arenzano 157, Varazze 159, Savona 167 Chapter 8 Bergeggi to Alassio 173 Bergeggi and Spotorno 173, Noli 175, Capo di Noli and Varigotti 178, Finale Ligure 180, Along the coast from Borgio Verezzi to Albenga 182, Albenga 184, Zuccarello and Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena 187, Alassio 188 Chapter 9 Cervo to Taggia and the Valle Argentina 191 Cervo 191, Diano Marina 193, Imperia 193, The mountains behind Imperia 199, Along the coast from Imperia to Bussana Vecchia 204, Triora 208 Chapter 10 Sanremo, Bordighera and the Val Nervia 213 Sanremo 213, Bordighera 220, Ventimiglia 223, Up in the mountains 227 Appendix 1 Language 231 Appendix 2 Further Information 236 Index 238

About the Author

Rosie Whitehouse is one of the UK's leading experts on family travel and has written for many of newspapers and magazines. She spends part of the year in Liguria.


Best Travel Guide in the Italian National Tourist Board Travel Writing Awards 2013 'Searching for the next Tuscany? Look no further than the neighbouring region of Liguria, which now has its first dedicated guidebook.' The Times 'Gives an insider's perspective on the area's lush mountain-backed beaches, where the wealthy Milanese come to play in the summer.' National Geographic Traveller

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