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Genoa and environs

Parks and mountains are mirrored in the sea A stone’s throw from the sea, green hills, flavours, itineraries: country hospitality a short way from the beach

The scent of wild narcissuses and that of the roses of Valle Scrivia, the strong flavours of the Valleys of Milk along the banks of the Stura, the breathtaking view from the peak of Antola with its hut and astronomic observatories. Chestnuts, edible boletus mushrooms, fruits of the forests. And then timeless villages, Roman bridges, abbeys and castles. Behind the great Genoa, the capital of the sea and culture, there is a world to explore. A world that can be glimpsed from the city, because it is only a few kilometres away from Genoa, to be catapulted into the green old heart of Genovesato.

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campoligure

campoligure

Craftsmanship and joys for the palate: a Ligurian “village” in the green oasis of Valle Stura

In 1884, a craftsman, Antonio Oliveri, opened a workshop for processing filigree in his native Campo Ligure. His example was followed by other artisans and very soon the workshops numbered no fewer than thirty-three. To relive the history and the secrets of this art of Arabic origin, you have to visit the Pietro Carlo Bosio Filigree Museum, where around two hundred pieces are displayed. The objects in the museum are set out and grouped according to their geographical provenance: Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. The collection thus makes it possible to identify the differences between the various craft schools with particular attention to those of Italian filigree artists (whose protagonists are cities like Genoa, Venice and Florence), and Russian, Nepalese, Indian and Chinese ones.

If the shops and the museum are worth a visit, also have a look around. Campo Ligure is a well-kept rural village, surmounted by a big Castle in whose park in summer concerts are held. It is at the centre of Valle Stura, which not by chance is called the Valley of Milk: cows and horses grazing, and clean and efficient farms, welcome holidaymakers and gourmets. For those who want to make controlled-origin-denomination purchases we recommend the Consortium of the Valley Cooperative, a true showcase of natural products. In this way you can organize a sumptuous picnic. Starting from Campo Ligure and precisely from the cooperative Paviglione pasture: a velvety green mantle that looks out on Valle Stura from a height of 800 metres. From Rossiglione there is a double-ring itinerary that goes through the Berlino and Gargassa valleys.

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Vobbia Castle

Vobbia Castle

Two rock spurs, a fort that seems to come out of a story by Tolkien, in the heart of the Antola Park

“Comme un enurme mostro, fulminòo ne l’impeto de un urlo contra-o çe” (like an enormous monster struck by lightning in the impetus of a shout against the sky). The evocative image is by Edoardo Firpo, the greatest Genoese dialect poet. Still today this picturesque description is perfectly suited to the Stone Castle, for a thousand years an unbelievable monument built between two rock spurs dominating the Valle di Vobbia. Today the Stone Castle is above all one of the most important attractions of the Genoese hinterland. Scarce documents throw light on the origins of the military building, at any rate built at the behest of the bishops of Tortona, in about the year one thousand. After different changes of ownership among the potentates of the area over the centuries, the Castle became public property in 1910.

A visit begins from the square from which there starts the access path, which passes among chestnut trees. After about twenty minutes, you come to the castle, which is in two parts at different heights. A peculiar feature is the cistern dug out in the rock at the foot of the west tower. A visit to the Castle is a prelude to discovering the Vobbia valley, where there is the luxuriant Reopasso faunistic oasis, hamlets immersed in greenery like Noceto, and unforgettable spots like the San Fermo chapel. The Antola Park has also set up a true path of castellans, divided into ten stages.

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antola

antola

A paradise amid nature and history, twenty minutes from the city

A paradise amid nature and history, twenty minutes from the city of Genoa. Lakes with crystalline water, wild rivers, ghost villages that have remained the same as three hundred years ago, and then castles unique in the world like the Pietra di Vobbia one, Liberty villas, and archaeological sites like Libarna. All immersed in nature with a thousand colours, which at the end of the summer become dazzling and unique, when the first woods light up red and yellow. A must is a visit to Casella, a terminal of a narrow gauge railway and a well equipped swimming pool for the summer. There are so many villages famous for their restaurants, always with natural foods, while at Busalla there is the famous Beer House, open to the public as a beer house and a restaurant, which has preserved its history and its furnishing in the places of the original building.

The other wildest valley is the Trebbia one. Unspoilt nature, around the Brugneto lake, under the peaks of Antola. The lake lends itself to splendid autumn excursions, with multicoloured trees that give rise to a natural palette. At Torriglia you can purchase the famous canestrelli, a sort of dry dessert that drives gluttons crazy. Montebruno, the heart of Val Trebbia, is to be visited for its Sanctuary and its Country Life Museum. A must is the rural jewel of Pentema, where at Christmas the famous living Manger is set up. A lot of excursions can be made, like one to the hostel on the peak of Antola, the Romano House with its meadow-balcony towards the sea, and Pian della Cavalla, the kingdom of narcissi and wild flowers.

Bargagli

A town that has the traits of folk traditions, as picturesque as the real nativity… Add to My Liguria

Boccadasse

Boccadasse takes its name from its unusual shape, resembling the mouth of a donkey (Boca… Add to My Liguria

Busalla

In lush nature, a place with an intense past and a tranquil lifestyle. Amongst pockets… Add to My Liguria

Campomorone

The ancient Via Postuma ran through the Bocchetta Pass, one of the main routes to… Add to My Liguria

Casella

A small, lively village that knows how to revive traditions and get people involved in… Add to My Liguria

Ceranesi

A place to worship and relax, in nature that climbs up the mountains from the… Add to My Liguria

Crocefieschi

In the heart of the upper Scrivia valley, amongst works of art and magnificent views,… Add to My Liguria

Davagna

A landscape that is good for the body and the mind. Amongst scenic trails and… Add to My Liguria

Fascia

In an incredibly stunning natural park, amidst rare plants and the chromatic intensity of the… Add to My Liguria

Fontanigorda

A landscape with fresh springs, where poet Caproni found inspiration, offers today new, regenerating ideas.… Add to My Liguria

Gorreto

A corner of green and regenerating waters where you can swim, fish and go canoeing.… Add to My Liguria

Isola del Cantone

Surrounded by thick forests and enhanced by a river, a land that draws magnificent landscapes… Add to My Liguria

Masone

A many centuries artisan tradition that lives in a lush natural landscape. Where you can… Add to My Liguria

Mele

In a quiet valley, this is a place full of faith and lands among lively… Add to My Liguria

Mignanego

Among magical woods inhabited by fallow deer and roe deer, there is a place full… Add to My Liguria

Montebruno

From the signs of history to the pleasures of dining, from places of worship and… Add to My Liguria

Montoggio

Where the river of the same name flows amidst woodlands and deep inlets, not far… Add to My Liguria

Nervi

Nervi is a characteristically Ligurian quarter with houses facing the sea, carruggi (narrow lanes) and… Add to My Liguria

Propata

Immersed in the lushes nature, spectacular in Spring with the backdrop of solemn mountains. A… Add to My Liguria

Righi

Righi offers truly exceptional views of the entire city of Genoa and its port. Righi… Add to My Liguria

Ronco Scrivia

A place that tells the story of Genoese holidays. To rediscover, amongst nature trails and… Add to My Liguria

Rondanina

A natural landscape that hosts a rich variety of plants and animals. To discover along… Add to My Liguria

Rossiglione

In the heart of the Stura valley a township with a double soul - farming… Add to My Liguria

Rovegno

A land with prehistoric origins telling legendary events. To be discovered through exciting tours in… Add to My Liguria

Sant'Olcese

An intimate corner in nature that is home to sacred reliquaries and treasures of Ligurian… Add to My Liguria

Savignone

Loved by the Genoese nobility in the past, a destination that offers a rich menu… Add to My Liguria

Serra Riccò

This is a town with ancient origins, in the green Genoa hinterland, full of wonderful… Add to My Liguria

Torriglia

Amidst mountains and woods just thirty minutes from Genoa, a castle and a lover that… Add to My Liguria

Valbrevenna

A simple land filled with human value, a land devoted to work in the fields… Add to My Liguria
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