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Our recommendations if you are planning a vacation or visit to Genoa, the Cinque Terre or the rest of Liguria.

  • Cinque Terre Apartment Accommodation
    For anyone seeking self catering apartment accommodation between Portofino and the Cinque Terre along the Ligurian coast, then Residence Kriss in Deiva Marina is a good option, especially for families, But if you are seeking a more private stay, perhaps for a longer break or vacation, then also con...
  • Guided Tour of Cinque Terre
    Enjoy a tour of the Cinque Terre in Liguria with Tasting Tours. Its name derives from 'terra' which in medieval times actually meant 'village' rather than 'town'. So Cinque Terre referring to the five villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Cinque Terre Tour Highligh...
  • Grand Hotel Diana Majestic Restaurants
    Everything about the Grand Hotel Diana Majestic in Diana Marina, Imperia, is designed to make sure your holiday is relaxing, you lose the stress and, not least, eat well along the charming Ligurian coast. There are various dining and restaurant options at the Diana Majestic, both for guests and vis...
  • Levanto Restaurant Il Giardino di Palazzo Vannoni
    In the land of Slow Food it is possible to dine on fine Ligurian dishes either inside or outside in the garden of the new restaurant of the Hotel Stella Maris in Levanto. The cuisine is authentic, known locally as 'casalinga levantese impera' and is given special attention by the owner, Signora Ren...
  • Get Married in Portofino, Portovenere or 5 Terre
    If you are looking to hold your wedding in the romantic destinations of Portofino, Portovenere or the Cinque Terre in Liguria, then contact Infinity Wedding and Events® - Weddings in Italy. This young, wedding planning network based in neighboring Tuscany, offers a selection of fine locations and s...
  • Genoa Gourmet Tour
    This food or gastronomic tour of the centuries old historic port of Genoa is clearly focused on finding local snacks and classic Genovese dishes. Created by Tasting Tours it is a fascinating journey which you may not have thought of doing on your own. Start the tour from the old port and walk up t...
  • Guided tour of Portofino, Santa Margherita and Rapallo
    This tour of the surroundings or territory of Portofino is aimed at discovering the three “pearls of the Tigullio". What are they? Read on and get in  touch with Tasting Tours to book your place. The tour starts in Rapallo, the oldest town in the area and located in the most sheltered part of the G...
  • Residence Paganini, Carro near Cinque Terre
    The historical cottage Residence Paganini is located in the romantic medieval hamlet of Carro in the Val di Vara, province of La Spezia, just five kilometers inland from the famous Cinque Terre in Liguria. Now offering exclusive cottage accommodation, this 17th century residence was owned by the fa...
  • Hotel Al Terra di Mare, Levanto
    The four star Hotel Al Terra di Mare overlooks Levanto near the Cinque Terre not far from Monterosso and offers an environmental friendly location for a relaxing family holiday. It is the only eco friendly hotel in the zone built and inspired by the local environment. For example, the hotel ...
  • Hotel Stella Maris, Levanto, Cinque Terre
    The Hotel de Charme Stella Maris is located at the gates of the fabulous Cinque Terre in Liguria and the port town of Levanto is the perfect base for discovering the zone. In fact, the building is a genuine 19th century 'palazzo' complete with frescoes covering the high ceilings. It is el...
  • Grand Hotel Diana Majestic, Diano Marina, Imperia
    The Grand Hotel Diana Majestic is located in the coastal resort of Diano Marina, a short distance from the city of Imperia. It is 80km from Genoa International Airport and 70km from Nice airport in France and the Costa Azzura. A stay at the 4 star Grand Hotel Diana Majestic along the Italian Riv...


Delicious local Italian typical products from the region of Liguria. Where to go, what to look out for and when to find them in season. Start with the articles below.

  • Camogli Fish Festival

    Published in Liguria Food
    The Camogli fish festival is actually called the Fish Festival of Saint Fortunato, patron saint of fishermen and is held in the first half of May. This is the most famous event that happens in this drop-dead gorgeous Mediterranean port of Camogli. Free fried fish are dished out in front of the quaint miniature harbor (which is not far from, and is very similar to what Portofino was like before it was discovered by tourists). The odd custom originated during the 2nd World War, when the wive of the local fishermen offered fresh fish to the Holy Virgin because she…
    Last modified on 29 July 2013

Medieval Salt Roads in Liguria

Published in Liguria Food
Salt was a valuable commodity in medieval times and we have written more about the control of the trade at the time here. Below we outline a part of the old salt road from Valle delle Meraviglie to the Balzi Rossi along the coast not far from Ventimiglia. There are other such itineraries in the region running along the coasts of Savona and Imperia to the Padana Plain, in particular from Portofino to Pavia. This itinerary covers part of a path which extended into Piemonte and is 50 to 60 km long. It gives an idea of what 14th century…
Last modified on 17 July 2013

Origins of Focaccia

Published in Liguria Food
Focaccia is not pizza and is about 2000 years older. The name comes from the Latin 'focacia' meaning hearth or fireside so its easy to see what role it had in everyday life throughout the centuries. It is essentially a cross between pizza bread and traditional bread it is great eaten warm and covered in olive paste. There are many variations in Liguria. 'Fugassa' is made from flour, water and beer yeast and cooked in olive oil, while 'farinata' is water, olive oil and chick pea flour cooked in the oven. 'Sardenaira' from Sanremo is traditionally flavored with sardines and…
Last modified on 11 June 2013

Pesto Genovese

Published in Liguria Food
So what's in a pesto? Well, if you buy a supermarket version of the condiment in a small glass tub then probably potatoes, sugar and lots of preservatives. Although tasty, its not a patch on the real thing and will probably be called 'pesto alla genovese'. The magic ingredients are basil 'basilico', garlic 'aglio', pine nuts 'pinoli', extra virgin olive oil and cheese, a pecorino and parmigiano, and that's it. Like much of the best Italian food, it is is not the so much the preparation that matters (although a mortar and pestle made from Carrara marble helps) but the…
Last modified on 05 March 2013

Walking Routes from Levanto

Published in Liguria Food
There are numerous walking routes and itineraries from Levanto to the Cinque Terre. In fact, there are over 70km of footpaths to explore which wind through olive groves, vineyards and ancient country hamlets forming the Levanto Valley. Add the pedestrian historical centre of Levanto town and the visitor can enjoy a more than relaxing car free break in south Liguria. Sixteen excursions are highlighted in the brochure of the National Park of the Cinque Terre and with an additional 4 suggestions for the Cinque Terre themselves.
Last modified on 04 February 2013

Pandolce Christmas Cake

Published in Liguria Food
Panettone or Pandolce is the famous Italian Christmas cake which appears in all the shops from December 1st. It has a strange consistency on first taste, a mix between dry and moist and delicate and tough. However, one thing is for sure, its perfect with a glass of chilled prosecco. Pandolce hails from Genoa and differs from the other versions as it is more compact and has an abundance of dried sugared fruit or 'frutta candita'. This suggests that the recipe may have been influenced by exotic products brought to the port from elswhere.
Last modified on 22 November 2012

Local cuisine of Levanto

Published in Liguria Food
The local cuisine of Levanto near the Cinque Terre is a product of a harsh land which has always been difficult to cultivate. Perhaps because of this what is produced is of an intensity and flavour rarely matched. The flagship product is of course pesto, but look further and you will discover delicious savory pies filled with anchovies, beautiful olive oils as well as fine red and white wines. But the king of Levanto gastronomy is the little known 'gattafin' or 'finezza della gatta'. Translated from the local dialect that's 'fineness of the Gatta' which still gives absolutely nothing away.
Last modified on 18 May 2012