Genova Province
Genova Province
Piazza de Ferrari, Genova - Photo: Hpschaefer
Province of Genova, Liguria

Genova Province

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A varied landscape stretching only a short distance between the sea and the land the province of Genova covers an area of just over 1800 sq.km. It borders the Ligurian provinces of Savona to the east and La Spezia to the west with the region of Piemonte to the north and the Ligurain sea to the south. The province of Genoa is the most heavily populated in the region of Liguria.
Genova Province
Province of Genova, Liguria
The coastline is beautiful and, taking in part of the famous Riviera di Levante, it is interspersed with stunning high class seaside resorts such Portofino, Rapallo and Camogli. Sandy beaches, enchanting bays and rocky caves, all with a backdrop of rich green trees, vivid flowers and pastel buildings make this province a popular holiday destination which is also blessed with a mild climate. The province is famous for its pretty ports and sailing is a big activity here with the rich and famous arriving in their super yachts during the summer months.

From the coast the land has dense vegetation and rises steadily until, after a short distance it reaches sheer cliffs which stretch up to the Alps and the Apennines. The whole landscape is vivid with trees, flowers, wild herbs, terraced olive groves and vineyards as well as colourful, picturesque villages dotted here and there.

Pesto, made from basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts and salt originates from this province and simply served with linguine or spaghetti it has become well known and loved world wide.

Genoa
Genoa is one of the biggest Euopean cities on the shores of the Mediterranean sea and it is the largest seaport in Italy. It is a long, narrow, sprawling city covering an area of 243 sq.km and has 30 kilometres of coastline.


Via Garibaldi, Genova - Photo: Cristina da Procida
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Bogliasco
An ancient fishing village a few miles south of Genoa this is a picturesque resort with a black sand beach. It is peaceful and pretty with coloured houses spilling down towards the beach. In the centre there is the 12th century Church of Natività di Maria Santissima.


Bogliasco - Photo: Sidvics
Camogli
Once a busy seaport, Camogli is now a small fishing village and a pretty holiday resort.

Ceranesi
Not far from this small town you can find the Shrine of N.S. della Guardia which is a Roman Catholic place of pilgramage and an important Marian shrine. Sitting on top of Mount Figogna (804m) it was once an observation point for monitoring the movements of armies and ships as they approached Genoa.

Chiavari
Part of the Italian Riviera this town is historically and architecturally intersesting as well as being an elegant seaside resort. The town is packed with pastel coloured buildings, fashionable shops, interesting narrow streets, wide piazzas, lively bars and stylish restaurants.


Chiavari castle - Photo: vengomatto
The main points of interest are:
  • Santuario di Nostra Signora dell'Orto - the town's cathedral
  • Castello di Chiavari - a medieval castle built in 1146
  • Auditorium San Francesco - this church was built between 1229 and 1234 and now belongs to the comune of Chiavari
  • Palazzo Rocca - a palace containing an important art gallery of Genoese art
Cogoleto
Famous for supposedly being the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

Lavagna
A tourist port and part of the Italian Riviera this town has a long, straight, sandy beach which is packed during the summer months. It is famous for the its porcelain tiles which are black and white and can be used for floors or walls. It has two 17th century Basilicas, the Basilica of Santo Stefano and the Basilica of Santa Giulia. There is also the 13th century Sanctuary of Nostra Signora del Ponte and the Torre del Borgo which is a medieval tower now home to an art gallery.

Moneglia
Another pretty tourist resort on the Italian Riviera.

Portofino
Portofino, a small fishing village located on the Italian Riviera south east of Genoa, is one of the favourite destinations of the rich and famous. It's tiny, picturesque, natural harbour is packed with superyachts during the summer months, and its attractive harbour-side restaurants, cafes and bars are full of celebrities and the inevitable paparazzi. The prices charged are not for the faint-hearted and the top Designer Label boutiques jossle for position among the other quaint, harbourside buildings.


Portofino - Photo: Michal Osmenda
Rapallo
Part of the Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino this chic holiday resort has more to offer than sun, sea and sand:
  • Once surrounded by ancient walls and gates now only one gate remains, the Porta delle Saline
  • The Castello sul Mare was built in 1551 as a defence against frequent pirate attacks
  • The 17th century Castello di Punta Pagana is a seat of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
  • Basilica of Sts. Gervasius and Protasius with a leaning bell tower
  • The ruined Monastery of Valle Christi which was built in the 13th century but abandoned in 1568 after being ravaged by pirates
  • There is also the church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora di Montallegro and two historical towers, Feischi and Torre Civica
Santa Margherita Ligure
This small port is used for fishing and tourist craft. It has a 16th century castle and the 17th century Basilica of St. Margaret of Antiochia. Just outside the town, towards Portofino is an interesting historical abbey called Abbazia della Cervara.

Santo Stefano d'Aveto
One of the interesting inland villages of the region it is one of five in the Aveto Natural Regional Park. It has the remains of a 13th centuyr castle and a sanctuary.

Sestri Levante
Halfway between Genoa and La Spezia this pretty town has two famous bays, Baia delle Favole (Bay of Fables) and Baia del Silenzio (Bay of Silence).

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  • Regional Information

    • Area: 5,420 km²
      Population: 1.6m
      Density: 297/km²
      Capital: Genoa

      National Parks:
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Location of Liguria
Provinces of Liguria
  • Comunes of Liguria
    • 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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Liguria Climate (Genoa)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 11 2 3 55
Feb 12 3 4 53
Mar 14 4 5 63
Apr 18 7 6 55
May 22 11 8 35
Jun 26 15 9 44
Jul 29 17 10 34
Aug 29 17 9 54
Sep 25 14 7 61
Oct 21 11 6 74
Nov 16 8 4 71
Dec 12 3 3 77
Table Key:
High - Average monthly high temperatures
Low - Average monthly low temperatures
Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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