Liguria

by Rosie Whitehouse

Liguria

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This new, thoroughly updated edition of Bradt's award-winning guide to Liguria is the essential companion to getting the most out of a visit to this beguiling Italian region. Author Rosie Whitehouse has spent thirty years exploring Liguria and in her comprehensive guide introduces you to not just the glitz of the Riviera but also to the delights of the wild unknown hinterlands and mountain valleys, including in-depth coverage of local gastronomic delights - a key part of any Ligurian visit.
This new edition includes new maps, a focus on of the growth of small, 'Slow Food' businesses, restaurants and hotels, in-depth coverage of Genoa as a cultural and weekend-break destination and the development of its striking Hennibique waterfront, the latest developments in Savona and La Spezia, more walks and bike-riding advice plus new suggested routes, revised hotel and restaurant listings and all the latest transport information.
Liguria is a mountainous region of dizzy passes and breathtaking views, where the mountains plunge down into the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean. The narrow strip of coast includes the gems of the world famous Italian Riviera, the great port city of Genoa, the glitzy resort of Portofino and the charms of the Cinque Terre. Yet in the hinterland there are many beautiful villages and mountain walks that have yet to be discovered by tourists. With a strong regional identity all of its own, Liguria is almost a country within a country.
Whether you're a gourmet traveller in search of pesto, trofie and freshly baked focaccia, a history buff on the hunt for Roman remains, culture addict dazzled by Genoa's glittering palazzi and top-class museums, or a family heading for a well-earned break, Bradt's Liguria is the ideal guide for travellers of all ages and all budgets. It is also particularly suited to adventurous travellers looking for the Liguria that lies beyond the beaten track and who want a taste of the real Italy.

About the author

Rosie Whitehouse developed a love of travel when her parents bundled the family in the car and drove to Liguria in the summer of 1966. When her eldest son was just a month old she made her second trip to Liguria and fell in love with it. Thirty years later, Rosie now knows the place like the back of her hand. There is a long family connection with the region and Rosie spends part of the year in the house that her husband's family have owned for over 45 years. Rosie speaks Italian but is frequently corrected by her daughters who actually speak Italian with a Ligurian accent. Rosie is one of the UK's leading experts on family travel and over the last thirty years she has explored every corner of Liguria with her family and can offer a real insider's view on what to do, where to eat and where to stay.

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Contents

PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Government and politics , Economy , People , Language , Religion , Education , Culture
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festivals, Shopping, Opening times, Entertainment, Sport, Photography, Media and communications, Buying a property, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively

PART 2 GENOA
Chapter 3 Genoa
History 46, Getting there and away 51, Orientation 52, Getting around 52, Tourist information and maps 53, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Further afield

PART 3 THE RIVIERA DI LEVANTE
Chapter 4 Recco to Sestri Levante
Recco, Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino, Rapallo, Uscio, Chiavari, Sestri Levante
Chapter 5 The Cinque Terre and the Val di Vara
The Cinque Terre, Along the coast, Up in the mountains, The Val di Vara
Chapter 6 La Spezia and the Gulf of Poets
La Spezia, West along the Golfo dei Poeti, East along the Golfo dei Poeti, Sarzana

PART 4 THE RIVIERA DI PONENTE
Chapter 7 Arenzano to Savona
Arenzan, Varazze, Savona
Chapter 8 Bergeggi to Alassio
Bergeggi and Spotorno, Noli, Capo di Noli and Varigotti, Finale Ligure, Along the coast from Borgio Verezzi to Albenga, Albenga, Zuccarello and Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena, Alassio
Chapter 9 Cervo to Taggia and the Valle Argentina
Cervo, Diano Marin, Imperia, The mountains behind Imperia, Along the coast from Imperia to Bussana Vecchia, Triora
Chapter 10 Sanremo, Bordighera and the Val Nervia
Sanremo, Bordighera, Ventimiglia, Up in the mountains

Appendices
Language
Further info
Index