A town grew up around its old harbour, on a natural coastline of Liguria, Genoa has an ancient heart and a medieval old town among the largest in Europe. In the dense network of narrow streets you can breathe in the soul of a multicultural city, with its quaint shops and restaurants. The vestiges of the past live on in the shape of sixteenth-century villas, Baroque votive shrines, magnificent churches and small squares.
In the narrow streets of the wealthy Genoese merchants built beautiful homes that have now become museums containing centuries of artwork.
The taverns and restaurants in the center offer maritime specialties that are still made to ancient recipes and craft products reflect established traditions. In the ancient port area that has been re- designed by the architect Renzo Piano, you can have a drink, dine and shop while admiring the beauty of the bay with a picturesque backdrop of colorful hills.
Genoa is also famous for its aquarium which contains the largest display of aquatic biodiversity in Europe, with 71 tanks and over 15,000 animals of 400 species, it is placed against the unique backdrop of the Gulf of Genoa. The tour of the acquarium winds scenically among thousands of panoramic views. Take a walk in the seas of the world to admire dolphins, sharks, penguins, manatees, Antarctic animals, jellyfish, tropical fish, seals and many more.
Along the stretch of Ligurian coast from west to east, or from Genoa to La Spezia, meet the five famous villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
A jagged coastline of the Riviera di Levante, a hilly and rugged terrain, softened by terraces, the land descends to dive into the sea and the small villages full of flavors and traditions.
Tourists fall for the “five lands”, either because they are drawn to it for classic seaside tourism or for wine tourism based on the typical local products. The many vineyards that carpet the hills produce sweet and velvety wines, like the famous dessert wine Sciacchetrà, and the fish is always fresh and tasty.
Only by walking along the paths among the Mediterranean plants does the visitor realize what these five fishing villages clinging to the cliffs overlooking small bays really are.