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Portofino, Rapallo & Italy's Riviera di Levante

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Portofino, Rapallo & Italy's Riviera di Levante

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The scent of herbs and pines, the startling blue of the sea. The brilliant white of cliffs tumbling into the depths. The sound of pounding surf, the chiming of church bells. The sight of mountain peaks that break the clouds, the chill of an alpine breeze.
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Portofino, Rapallo & Italy's Riviera di Levante - Amy Finley

Portofino, Rapallo & Italy's Riviera di Levante

Amy Finley

HUNTER PUBLISHING, INC,

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© 2012 Hunter Publishing, Inc.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the written permission of the publisher.

This guide focuses on recreational activities. As all such activities contain elements of risk, the publisher, author, affiliated individuals and companies disclaim responsibility for any injury, harm, or illness that may occur to anyone through, or by use of, the information in this book. Every effort was made to insure the accuracy of information in this book, but the publisher and author do not assume, and hereby disclaim, liability for any loss or damage caused by errors, omissions, misleading information or potential travel problems caused by this guide, even if such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident or any other cause.

Introduction

The scent of herbs and pines, the startling blue of the sea. The brilliant white of cliffs tumbling into the depths, the bronze of suntanned skin. The sound of pounding surf, the chiming of church bells. The sight of mountain peaks that break the clouds, the chill of an alpine breeze. All this, and more, is the Italian Riviera.

Pinned between the mountains and the sea, on a steeply-sloped crescent of land stretching from the French border to Tuscany, the people of the Italian region of Liguria – commonly known as the Italian Riviera – developed a character and unique way of life. The area is small – only 170 miles long, and 23 miles wide at its widest point. Some historians and sociologists have theorized that the geography of Liguria had a profound psychological impact on the people who lived there. They reason that the limited landmass – with the sea on one side and daunting mountains on the other – had an island effect, compelling the Ligurians to take to the sea as fishermen, traders, explorers, and sailors. To be sure, among their number is perhaps the most famous explorer of all time, Christopher Colombus.

This predilection for seafaring and commerce enabled Liguria’s principle city, Genoa – once capital of the Republic of Genoa – to amass unparalleled riches and astonishing political power between the 12th and 18th centuries. An old saying holds that, Gold is born in the Americas, passes through Spain, and dies in Genoa. The city’s fascinating history is filled with intrigue as its leading families used murder, marriage, might, and manipulation to secure their personal fortunes and the global ascendancy of the Republic they ruled as oligarchs.

This is the backdrop against which travelers encounter the Riviera and emerge with an appreciation not only for its natural splendor – more than half of Liguria is protected park land and the coastal areas are carefully and deliberately stewarded – but also for its interdependence. Each town of the Riviera is an actor in a larger drama that has been playing for centuries. In the past the storyline centered on the prestige and ambition of the Genoese Republic and its influence in the world. Today it is a story of reinvention to reap the rewards promised by global tourism, while maintaining identity and integrity.

How to Use this Book

Every traveler has a different definition of adventure. Some seek adrenalin-pumping thrills or to push their physical limits. Others find challenge enough in the goal of relaxation and leaving the stress of daily life behind. Then there are those for whom the pursuit of new knowledge and experience is the ultimate reward and the ultimate adventure.

I myself find places all the more fascinating when I understand how they came to be as they are. A ramshackle building comes alive when you know the tale of its former glory, the scenes and passions that transpired within its walls. Genoa is like that. The story of Genoa is all-important to understanding the story of the other villages and how they knit together. To travel on the Italian Riviera is to pass through a region that was once the unlikeliest power center of all Europe. A tiny fragment of coastline, it logically should never have become the player it became. But its intrepid sailors and shrewd power mongers – not to mention the hearty common folk who literally hewed a livelihood from the inhospitable soil of a thousand cliffs – gathered wealth and prestige for Liguria. Consider that the entire country of Italy had five Maritime Republics (though history remembers only four), and that two of them – Genoa and Noli – were located on the Riviera, so close together you can now travel from one to the other in less than an hour by car.

I find the Italian Riviera to be the ideal vacation spot. Loads of history, urban and natural environments, beauty, activity. Every day is an adventure.

The Italian Riviera has something for every kind of traveler, and this book aims to help you get the most out of every location. The presentation of each town follows the same format.

Introduction and history (to help set your perspective).

Getting there (practical information about transportation).

Resources (websites you might want to check out, location of the tourist office).

Being there (a quick orientation both to physical layout and vibe, followed by detailed descriptions of the most important sites and their significance).

Only in… (what’s special here you might not encounter elsewhere and what’s nearby that you shouldn’t miss?).

For active travelers (what you can do here, and what you need to do it).

To give you an idea of some of the many experiences the Italian Riviera has to offer…

Top 10 Italian Riviera Adventures (in no particular order)

Maxing out your credit card (and celebrity spotting) while doing some luxury shopping in Portofino.

Imagining knife-wielding assassins prowling the medieval streets of Genoa while wandering the caruggi of the Centro Storico (during the daytime), then marveling at the palaces on the Via Garibaldi before heading to the aquarium on the Porto Antico.

Hiking the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri, the beautiful and demanding hinterland trail that runs from one end of Liguria to the other.

Perfecting your tan on the sandy beaches of the western Riviera.

Hiking the ancient mule-tracks linking the five charming villages of the Cinque Terre.

Tasting troffie a la genovese, farinata, and other Ligurian specialties.

Diving to see the Cristo degli Abissi below the turquoise waters off the Portofino Promontory.

Gambling with the high-rollers at the casino in San Remo.

Sailing on the Bay of Poets.

Having a glass of Rossese di Dolceacqua after exploring the hilltop villages of the Val Nervia.

Whatever adventure you find, I know you’ll have a fantastic time exploring the Italian Riviera. Have a wonderful trip!

A note about websites

Thanks to the Internet you can find loads of information on places you’re interested in visiting. Almost every commune (town) in the region maintains a website with both civic information for residents and useful info for potential tourists. In addition, the various provinces have their own websites, including tourist websites that aim to help travelers put together their trip itineraries. Then there are the websites specifically for promoting tourism to Liguria, and those of individual businesses, and museums, and hotels, and …

You get the point. There’s a lot out there. Some are very useful and I’ve included links for those in this book. But even among them there’s a lot of variation, especially when it comes to language. Some have excellent English-language versions. Some have English translations so bad you’re better off pulling out the Italian dictionary and muddling through the Italian content. Others don’t even bother and put Italian out there, period.

When that’s the case, I generally either use the Babblefish translator provided by AltaVista, or the Google translator. Both produce sloppy and almost incoherent translations, but it gets you a step closer and sometimes close enough to find that nugget of info you were looking for. It’s good preparation for the actual experience of traveling in Italy.

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