Liguria is a region rich in natural beauty, born from the wonderful combination of land and sea, a heterogeneous landscaping system characterised by an incredible variety of ecosystems. The region offers tourists the opportunity to visit a national park (the Cinque Terre National Park), eight regional parks, three nature reserves and a national one, at the end nineteen mountain communities, which make Liguria one of the most sensitive regions in protecting its territory, with as well as 12% of protected area.
This is only about the offer related to the resources of the territory, because Ligurian territory is characterised by the presence of many towns and villages of great charm, and many of them are arranged along the famous and suggestive Alta Via dei Monti Liguri (AVML), an ancient route today covering about 440 km, a trial that crosses the entire dorsal line of the Ligurian Apennines, connecting the beautiful city of Ventimiglia, to the French border, up to Ceparana, in the wonderful plain of Sarzana, on the border with Tuscany.
But such a great attention to the protection of the territory naturally also moves to the marine environment, celebrated by the aquarium of Genoa, two protected sea areas and the famous Sea Cetacean Sanctuary, between the coasts of France and Ligurian-Tuscan stretch.
The particular orography of the region makes concentrated many resources in the development of tourism, facilitated by a mild climate and enchanted landscapes entered right in the common imaginary, such as Portofino, the Cinque Terre and Portovenere, which attract every year thousands and thousands of tourists from all over the Europe.
Urban development of Liguria is characterised mainly by the presence of medium and small towns, which make the discovering of the territory even more fascinating, obliging inevitably a total immersion in the nature of this wonderful corner in Italy.
In the western Riviera there are small towns with an average of 300 to 400 inhabitants, especially in the villages perched on mountain ranges, while in the valleys the numbers reach 2000 - 3000. This demographic peculiarity guarantees the preservation and perpetuation of customs and flavours connected to tradition, so it is not rare to come across places that seem suspended in time, where you can delight your palate with genuine and simple products. Among the most famous products of Liguria, absolutely to mention Pesto Genovese with which to season the trenette, while among the pastas there are curzetti and trofie or stuffed pansotti, pasqualina cake and capon magro.
In short, the entire region of Liguria deserves to be visited from the mountains to the shores where you can live and savour a regional culture that remains intact and robust with strong and delicate flavours.