Lavagna is located in the middle of the Gulf of Tigullio, on the left bank of the Italian Entella river, and it is one of the most appreciated seaside truistic destination in the Ligurian Riviera. With its nearly 4 km away, Lavagna Beach is the largest beach of the East Ligurian Riviera and, moreover, the town offers the largest Ligurian touristic port with its 1600 moorings and various well-known Scuba Centers (www.dimensionediving.com or www.massub.com).
Lavagna, also known as “Città dei Fieschi” because of the noble Family which dominated it during 1200, has a typical and very impressive historical center. In fact, the city rapresents not only the traditional “Ligurian hamlet” with its narrow street, the “carruggi” and its typical tower-houses but also a village with valuable monuments such as the S. Stefano Basilica, the sixteenth-century Civic Tower, the Brignardello Arcade, and the Santissima Trinità Oratory.
Since 1949, on the evening of August 14th, Lavagna revives with the its special Cake of the Fieschi the wedding between Opizzo Fieschi and the noblewoman from Siena (Tuscany), named Bianca de Bianchi in 1230 with the its special Cake of the Fieschi. This is one of the most beautiful and suggestive events of the Italian folklore. A huge cake (weighing 10 quintals and 6 meters hight) is distributed to the guests through an intriguing “game of couples/dating game”.
Lavagna, this sunny and welcoming town set in the magical Gulf of Tigullio, means history, culture and enjoyment. It offers a thousand points of interest beyond the sea and its activities: green hills and mouintains behind the city for hiking and biking lovers, shops in which you can buy not only local handicrafts, but also new ideas and precious objects for the shopping lovers.
Genoa’s historic centre is one of the largest medieval centres in Europe with the highest population density. It is a maze of alleyways (caruggi) that open unexpectedly into small squares, often linked, like the churches facing them, to important noble families.
A must-see is the Genoa Aquarium, the largest in Europe, which offers a unique and exciting journey through the immensity of the sea and a universe rich in life (www.acquariodigenova.it).
Every year Genoa hosts several unique events, including Europe’s most famous flower show, Euroflora (www.euroflora.genova.it), and the International Boat Show (www.salonenautico.com) for sea lovers.
Aveto Regional Park, located in the inland of Tigullio, protects one of the most beautiful and significant areas of the Ligurian Apennines. It includes three valleys: Aveto Val, Graveglia Val, and Sturla Val. Here there are numerous activities to be done and itineraries to be explored in the middle of nature and with numerous panoramic views. For example, you can visit the Gambatesa Mine (www.minieradigambatesa.com), you can have a picnic at the glacial lakes, you can hike and reach the top of Penna Mount or you can taste a traditional dish in Santo Stefano d’Aveto.
The Portofino Regional Park, protected area since 1935, shows views and landscapes among the most famous in the world. The Park hosts one of the largest concentrations of flora of the Mediterranean area, a large variety of birds and invertebrate as well as important historical and architectural treasures and characteristics villages, such as Portofino, San Fruttuoso or Camogli. A network of over 80 km of trails encourages walks of different lenghts and difficulty, with the opportunity of enjoying the characteristics of the entire zone.
Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso) are a naturalistic heritage of humanity, one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Italy. Easily accessible by train or ferry, the villages clustered on spurs of rock or at the mouth of streams have preserved their original charm. The whole area of the Cinque Terre up to Portovenere is a Natural and Marine Park with rare and protected flora and fauna.