If you are looking for a vacation characterized by sun, sea and outdoor the Palm’ Riviera is the place for you!
From Varazze to Andora the scenery alternates itself between the blue of the sea and the intense green of pines and olive-trees. For the ones who are not satisfied to spend their holiday only under the sun and near the sea, but they are curious about the surrounding area we can recommend several excursions.
Stroll along the “Carruggi” of the small towns of the coast will let you breathe the true soul of this coast. So, walking in the alleys of Celle and Varazze, two ancient Ligurian seamen’s villages, you will be able to admire the typical tall houses with their decorated façades.
Or you can visit Noli, an ancient maritime republic that still today preserves with boldness its own independence with its boundaries and the tall towers. You can walk along ancient “Carruggi”, arcades and on the beach where every morning fishermen sell fresh fish.
You can continue visiting the Saracen village of Varigotti to admire the landscape match of the blue sea and the white beach with its low coloured houses whose architecture recalls the south of the Mediterranean.
Not to miss is a visit to the old town of Albenga, medieval city whose boundaries protect the cathedral of St. Michele, the baptistery with Byzantine mosaics, the small Piazza dei Leoni and the towers of the ancient noble families.
Art Lovers must stop in Albisola, where since 1400 the traditional manufacture of the homonym ceramics has been handed down and few Km from Savona, in the hinterland; you need to visit Altare, famous city that still guards the tradition of the glass art.
Walking for the "caruggi" (typical narrow streets of Ligurian old towns) or having a walk near the sea it will happen to you to smell typical Ligurian perfumes: the focaccia, the pesto sauce, the fresh fish, and the basil… which will follow you for the rest of your holiday.
If the long walks in Liguria make you thirsty you will be able to quench your thirst with white wines like Pigato or Vermentino, or red ones like Rossese DOC " Riviera Ligure di Ponente " and the IGT " Colline Savonesi.
The Palms’ Riviera is pleasant all year long, it is also splendid between September and June, when climate is mild and beaches are not so crowded; a Coast where not by chance winter tourism was born, invented by English and German that between the end 19th Century and the first year of the 20th came here to spend the winter, looking for the sun and escaping from continental fogs. Noble and rich globetrotters who opened the road to the people that today, from Milan and Turin as well as from Germany and Holland reach the Palms’ Riviera to spend their holidays.
The distinctive elements that characterize the Climate in Liguria are the redoubt annual thermal excursion, the extraordinarily mild winter temperatures, the high insolation, the poor rainfall.
Ligurian cuisine is intelligent and careful, able to exploit every element that land, sea and men’s work produce. In this region, wide lowlands don't exist and therefore livestock breeding is not present.
In our typical cuisine, therefore, we do not use too much pig and bovine meats, so our diet is called “di magro”, without the use of meat.
As compensation however nature gave to this small crescent of fertile ground a real patrimony of herbs that – due to the abundance of the rains - grow luxuriant. We remember, for instance, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, sage, borage and an exceptional basil, with its wide and perfumed leaves which is the basic ingredient for a green sauce that the whole world know: the Pesto. In a Region where mountain and sea meet you can find a varied gastronomy with sea and land elements. (www.provincia.savona.it/attivita/sportcultura/sport.htm)