Pentecost 2018 – a trip in the Italian Riviera
A dream vacation! Discover the Italian Riviera in spring, when mass tourism has not yet invaded the beaches, and you can appreciate the true soul of Liguria. A soul made of ancient seafaring hamlets, houses close to each other, with slate roofs and trompe-l’oeil painted facades, steep paths built hundreds of years ago by skilled and industrious peasants, once a unique link between the villages in the hills and the sea.
From Genoa to La Spezia, charming villages, crystal clear water bays, cliffs with maritime pines and Aleppo pines, cultivated terraces that slope down to the sea, follow one another along the coast.
The month of May, taking advantage of the holidays of Ascension and Pentecost, is a strategic period to explore Genoa and the Riviera di Levante.
Rightly famous, the Cinque Terre are not the only attraction of this magnificent region. Armed with a rucksack and a camera, the more sporty can try the paths of the Portofino Natural Park, reaching famous destinations such as San Fruttuoso, with the small beach and the Abbey of the Doria, as well as lesser-known treasures such as Porto Pidocchio, with the Fishing Museum, the boats leaning against the rocks and the nets spread out to dry in the sun, and Punta Chiappa, where one of the last tonnara (a complex system of nets to trap tuna) in Italy is still active.
Travelers who love culture can immerse themselves in the narrow streets (the so-called carrugi) of Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Zoagli, Chiavari, evoking the spirit of great writers, poets, painters, who in this region have stayed and found inspiration for their own works. Among these we remember Hemingway, Capote, D’Annunzio, Kandinskij and Friedrich Nietzsche who wrote his Zarathustra “walking between Portofino and Zoagli”.