Northern region facing on the South on the Mar Ligure.
The territory is only made up of mountains and hills, 65% and 35% respectively, and there are no plains, and the coasts are almost always cliffs on the sea.
The region of Liguria, where the sea meets the mountain, in the mild and tempered climate of the Riviera, is one of most loved regions by the poets. Shelley, Montale and Petrarca are just some of the writers who passed in that land, hence the name of the Golfo dei Poeti (Poets' Gulf) in La Spezia.
A charming itinerary is the one of the Cinque Terre, from Lerici to Luni, passing through the stones of Lodigiana, relaxing in the Val di Vara, without leaving Genova, with its rises and descents, where nature leaves the way to gorgeous Liberty buildings along the coastal road that leads to France.
Not just poetry and culture, but also a great past characterised by explorers and merchants: the Sea Republic of Genova, Columbus, a great culture on travel, adventure, which extends to and from the sea.
The history in Liguria has left its mark not only on the sea and coasts, but also in the hinterlands, with the Via Francigena which passed through the Valico della Cisa.
Western Vallo Alpino and the Alpi Apuane are some of the locations where it is possible to practice winter sports, or promenades in the protected mountainous regions, like in the Monte Beigua, but also in the sea in the Parco Naturale Regionale dell'Isola di Gallinara; with its charming sea floor in the Riserva Marina Protetta.
The Parco di Portofino is also very rich, distributed over 1,200 hectares where vineyards, olives and other plants live.
The gastronomy is rich as the territory in which it was born: fish from the sea and vegetables from the mountains, dressed with oil, and accompanied by the white wine of the Cinque Terre, without forgetting the salty pies of Genova and the famous Pesto. Salami and cheese have their importance as well, like the caprino della Val Argentina and the Salame Genovese.