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Location of Liguria
Area: 5,420 km²
Population: 1.6 million
Density: 297/km²
Capital: Genoa

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  • Genova
    • Arenzano
      Avegno
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      Campomorone
      Carasco
      Casarza Ligure
      Casella
      Castiglione Chiavarese
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      Gorreto
      Isola del Cantone
      Lavagna
      Leivi
      Lorsica
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      Masone
      Mele
      Mezzanego
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      Ne
      Neirone
      Orero
      Pieve Ligure
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      Propata
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      Recco
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      Ronco Scrivia
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      Rovegno
      San Colombano Certenoli
      Santa Margherita Ligure
      Santo Stefano d'Aveto
      Sant'Olcese
      Savignone
      Serra Riccò
      Sestri Levante
      Sori
      Tiglieto
      Torriglia
      Tribogna
      Uscio
      Valbrevenna
      Vobbia
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  • Imperia
    • Airole
      Apricale
      Aquila d'Arroscia
      Armo
      Aurigo
      Badalucco
      Bajardo
      Bordighera
      Borghetto d'Arroscia
      Borgomaro
      Camporosso
      Caravonica
      Carpasio
      Castel Vittorio
      Castellaro
      Ceriana
      Cervo
      Cesio
      Chiusanico
      Chiusavecchia
      Cipressa
      Civezza
      Cosio d'Arroscia
      Costarainera
      Diano Arentino
      Diano Castello
      Diano Marina
      Diano San Pietro
      Dolceacqua
      Dolcedo
      Imperia
      Isolabona
      Lucinasco
      Mendatica
      Molini di Triora
      Montalto Ligure
      Montegrosso Pian Latte
      Olivetta San Michele
      Ospedaletti
      Perinaldo
      Pietrabruna
      Pieve di Teco
      Pigna
      Pompeiana
      Pontedassio
      Pornassio
      Prelà
      Ranzo
      Rezzo
      Riva Ligure
      Rocchetta Nervina
      San Bartolomeo al Mare
      San Biagio della Cima
      San Lorenzo al Mare
      Sanremo
      Santo Stefano al Mare
      Seborga
      Soldano
      Taggia
      Terzorio
      Triora
      Vallebona
      Vallecrosia
      Vasia
      Ventimiglia
      Vessalico
      Villa Faraldi

  • La Spezia
    • Ameglia
      Arcola
      Beverino
      Bolano
      Bonassola
      Borghetto di Vara
      Brugnato
      Calice al Cornoviglio
      Carro
      Carrodano
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      Deiva Marina
      Follo
      Framura
      La Spezia
      Lerici
      Levanto
      Maissana
      Monterosso al Mare
      Ortonovo
      Pignone
      Portovenere
      Riccò del Golfo di Spezia
      Riomaggiore
      Rocchetta di Vara
      Santo Stefano di Magra
      Sarzana
      Sesta Godano
      Varese Ligure
      Vernazza
      Vezzano Ligure
      Zignago

  • Savona
    • Alassio
      Albenga
      Albisola Superiore
      Albissola Marina
      Altare
      Andora
      Arnasco
      Balestrino
      Bardineto
      Bergeggi
      Boissano
      Borghetto Santo Spirito
      Borgio Verezzi
      Bormida
      Cairo Montenotte
      Calice Ligure
      Calizzano
      Carcare
      Casanova Lerrone
      Castelbianco
      Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena
      Celle Ligure
      Cengio
      Ceriale
      Cisano sul Neva
      Cosseria
      Dego
      Erli
      Finale Ligure
      Garlenda
      Giustenice
      Giusvalla
      Laigueglia
      Loano
      Magliolo
      Mallare
      Massimino
      Millesimo
      Mioglia
      Murialdo
      Nasino
      Noli
      Onzo
      Orco Feglino
      Ortovero
      Osiglia
      Pallare
      Piana Crixia
      Pietra Ligure
      Plodio
      Pontinvrea
      Quiliano
      Rialto
      Roccavignale
      Sassello
      Savona
      Spotorno
      Stella
      Stellanello
      Testico
      Toirano
      Tovo San Giacomo
      Urbe
      Vado Ligure
      Varazze
      Vendone
      Vezzi Portio
      Villanova d'Albenga
      Zuccarello

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Province of Imperia, Liguria
Diano Marina - Photo: Marc Schuelper
Imperia is Bordered by the province of Savona to the east, France to the west, the region of Piedmont to the north and the Ligurian Sea to the south.
Imperia Province
Province of Imperia, Liguria

It is a mountainous province situated between the Maritime Alps and the sea. Some of the peaks on the French border are well over 2000 metres with Monte Saccarello being the highest at 1,200 metres. From the mountains the terrain gradually turns hilly with ranges of hills running north to south stretching down to the coast. The coast consists of rocky headlands and bays with pebbly beaches. With a mild climate, pretty bays and a backdrop of green hills and vibrant flowers this coastline is called Riviera dei Fiori which means Riviera of Flowers. Running on from the French Riviera this stretch of coast was very popular in the 19th century with wealthy families from Europe, particually Great Britain.

Strongly influenced by the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea this province offers diversity not only geographically but also gastronomically. It is famous for its breads, Focaccia which must be eaten fresh and Triora bread which is a mixture of soft wheat and buckwheat. It is baked in large batches, keeps for long periods and is usually served with fermented sheeps ricotta. Olive oil is used extensively and is lighter and milder than oil from the rest of Italy. The province of Imperia also has a couple of unique items such as the pink garlic from Vessalico and the distinctive flavoured Val Roja honey.

Imperia


Imperia - Photo: BMK
Imperia is the capital city of the province of Imperia, taking its name from the River Impero which runs through it. The city has two distinct historical centres, Porto Maurizio on one side of the River Impero and Oneglia on the other. Porto Maurizio is a colourful district stretching along the coast. The old centre is called 'Parasio' and has a maze of narrow streets called 'caruggi' running through it. This centre has the Cathedral of San Maurizio, the Convent of Santa Chiara and a small Naval Musuem.

Oneglia is not as wealthy nor as pretty as Porto Maurizio but has an interesting Olive Musuem (Museo dell'Olivo), the Church of San Giovanni Battista and 'Villa Grock' which is a magnificent villa where the famous Swiss clown 'Grock' lived in the early 20th century. The city is famous for the cultivation of flowers and olives although the economy nowadays is more reliant on tourism.

Sanremo
Although Sanremo is not the capital city of the province of Imperia it is a bigger resort and is livelier and more chic than the actual capital city, Imperia. Nicknamed 'The city of Flowers' due to its commercial production of flowers for the international flower market, San Remo is famous for its casino and the Sanremo Music Festival. The casino was built in 1905 and is an excellent example of Art Nouveau architecture and it is widely accepted that five-card stud was invented here. The Sanremo Music Festival is a popular Italian event taking place in February every year and is televised live for its duration. Sanremo is a lively resort with restaurants and clubs staying open until the early hours which creates a noisy night life.


Sanremo postcard from the 1920's

Bussana
Bussana was abandoned as the result of a twenty second earthquake in 1887. The impact was immediate with many people killed and injured and buildings destroyed. The buildings still standing were declared dangerous so the inhabitants had to leave and Bussana became a ghost town. The authorities rebuilt the village on a new site below the destroyed old village and called it Bussana Nuova (new Bussana) and the original village then became Bussana Vecchia (old Bussana). Bussana Vecchia remained a ghost town until 1947 when immigrants from southern Italy began to settle there illegally. Some were evicted and the authorities destroyed all the upper floors and staircases remaining in the dangerous buildings.The small nucleus of inhabitants that managed to remain were gradually joined by artists from all over Europe and inspite of no electricty, water or sanitation a community began to form. An eviction order was passed in 1968 but the occupants barricaded themselves in and refused to leave. The International Artists Village was born and had continued to grow and survive despite the many eviction orders.


Street in Bussana Vecchia - Photo: Torvindus

Bajardo
A pretty, intact, medieval village lying at 900m above sea level with only around 300 inhabitants.

Bordighera
Due to its mild climate, picturesque setting and gentile ambience, Bordighera is a popular winter resort and retirement destination. The palms used by the Vatican for Palm Sunday come from the village of Bordighera.

Cervo
A small ancient hill town with a stunning baroque church 'St John the Baptist' which overlooks the sea.


Cervo - Photo: Mchidell

Diano Castello
This village was originally built in the 10th century as a fortress to guard against attacks from Saracen pirates. It has some very interesting churches including the Church of San Nicola di Bari, the Church of St. John the Baptist, the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Other buildings of historical interest are the Oratory of San Berardino and the Holy Cross, the Franciscan Covent and the City Hall.

Pigna
Pigna is a tranquil village with a vibrant community and busy tourist trade. Many traditional festivals are held there during the summer months and it has some excellent spas.

Triora
Triora is a member of the I Borghi Piú Belli d'Italia which is a list of the 100 best medieval villages in Italy. It is the location where the last witch trials in Italy took place during the Renaissance.

Ventimiglia


Ventimiglia - Photo: Clenpat
Located on the coast just a few kilometres away from the French border Ventimiglia is a popular summer destination for the French. It has an historically important medieval city centre which is at the highest point overlooking the rest of the town. There is a Romanesque Cathedral, the remains of a Roman theatre and the Hanbury Botanical Gardens.

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Liguria Information
Location of Liguria
Area: 5,420 km²
Population: 1.6 million
Density: 297/km²
Capital: Genoa

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Provinces
Comunes
  • Genova
    • Arenzano
      Avegno
      Bargagli
      Bogliasco
      Borzonasca
      Busalla
      Camogli
      Campo Ligure
      Campomorone
      Carasco
      Casarza Ligure
      Casella
      Castiglione Chiavarese
      Ceranesi
      Chiavari
      Cicagna
      Cogoleto
      Cogorno
      Coreglia Ligure
      Crocefieschi
      Davagna
      Fascia
      Favale di Malvaro
      Fontanigorda
      Genova
      Gorreto
      Isola del Cantone
      Lavagna
      Leivi
      Lorsica
      Lumarzo
      Masone
      Mele
      Mezzanego
      Mignanego
      Moconesi
      Moneglia
      Montebruno
      Montoggio
      Ne
      Neirone
      Orero
      Pieve Ligure
      Portofino
      Propata
      Rapallo
      Recco
      Rezzoaglio
      Ronco Scrivia
      Rondanina
      Rossiglione
      Rovegno
      San Colombano Certenoli
      Santa Margherita Ligure
      Santo Stefano d'Aveto
      Sant'Olcese
      Savignone
      Serra Riccò
      Sestri Levante
      Sori
      Tiglieto
      Torriglia
      Tribogna
      Uscio
      Valbrevenna
      Vobbia
      Zoagli

  • Imperia
    • Airole
      Apricale
      Aquila d'Arroscia
      Armo
      Aurigo
      Badalucco
      Bajardo
      Bordighera
      Borghetto d'Arroscia
      Borgomaro
      Camporosso
      Caravonica
      Carpasio
      Castel Vittorio
      Castellaro
      Ceriana
      Cervo
      Cesio
      Chiusanico
      Chiusavecchia
      Cipressa
      Civezza
      Cosio d'Arroscia
      Costarainera
      Diano Arentino
      Diano Castello
      Diano Marina
      Diano San Pietro
      Dolceacqua
      Dolcedo
      Imperia
      Isolabona
      Lucinasco
      Mendatica
      Molini di Triora
      Montalto Ligure
      Montegrosso Pian Latte
      Olivetta San Michele
      Ospedaletti
      Perinaldo
      Pietrabruna
      Pieve di Teco
      Pigna
      Pompeiana
      Pontedassio
      Pornassio
      Prelà
      Ranzo
      Rezzo
      Riva Ligure
      Rocchetta Nervina
      San Bartolomeo al Mare
      San Biagio della Cima
      San Lorenzo al Mare
      Sanremo
      Santo Stefano al Mare
      Seborga
      Soldano
      Taggia
      Terzorio
      Triora
      Vallebona
      Vallecrosia
      Vasia
      Ventimiglia
      Vessalico
      Villa Faraldi

  • La Spezia
    • Ameglia
      Arcola
      Beverino
      Bolano
      Bonassola
      Borghetto di Vara
      Brugnato
      Calice al Cornoviglio
      Carro
      Carrodano
      Castelnuovo Magra
      Deiva Marina
      Follo
      Framura
      La Spezia
      Lerici
      Levanto
      Maissana
      Monterosso al Mare
      Ortonovo
      Pignone
      Portovenere
      Riccò del Golfo di Spezia
      Riomaggiore
      Rocchetta di Vara
      Santo Stefano di Magra
      Sarzana
      Sesta Godano
      Varese Ligure
      Vernazza
      Vezzano Ligure
      Zignago

  • Savona
    • Alassio
      Albenga
      Albisola Superiore
      Albissola Marina
      Altare
      Andora
      Arnasco
      Balestrino
      Bardineto
      Bergeggi
      Boissano
      Borghetto Santo Spirito
      Borgio Verezzi
      Bormida
      Cairo Montenotte
      Calice Ligure
      Calizzano
      Carcare
      Casanova Lerrone
      Castelbianco
      Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena
      Celle Ligure
      Cengio
      Ceriale
      Cisano sul Neva
      Cosseria
      Dego
      Erli
      Finale Ligure
      Garlenda
      Giustenice
      Giusvalla
      Laigueglia
      Loano
      Magliolo
      Mallare
      Massimino
      Millesimo
      Mioglia
      Murialdo
      Nasino
      Noli
      Onzo
      Orco Feglino
      Ortovero
      Osiglia
      Pallare
      Piana Crixia
      Pietra Ligure
      Plodio
      Pontinvrea
      Quiliano
      Rialto
      Roccavignale
      Sassello
      Savona
      Spotorno
      Stella
      Stellanello
      Testico
      Toirano
      Tovo San Giacomo
      Urbe
      Vado Ligure
      Varazze
      Vendone
      Vezzi Portio
      Villanova d'Albenga
      Zuccarello

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