The Gulf of Tigullio is a succession of marvelous inlets and hamlets of rare beauty
The Liguria of Levante and in particular the Gulf of Tigullio is a succession of marvelous inlets and hamlets of rare beauty such as Paraggi, San Fruttuoso, Punta Pedale, Santa Margherita Ligure, San Michele di Pagana, the Gulf of Rapallo and Zoagli. With the exception of Paraggi with its sand, the beaches are small and composed of pebbles. Spread across the Gulf of Tigullio, we have major ports such as Rapallo and Santa Margherita Ligure, but also small marinas, where berths line the boats, the typical gozzi, fishing boats and yachts. Portofino is certainly one of the most popular and well-known destinations, for its beauty, but also for the constant presence of international VIPs on holiday. But we must not forget magical places like Camogli, a small and friendly fishermen village, Sestri Levante with its carruggi, sandy beaches and the surreal Baia del Silenzio. And last the hidden and magical San Fruttuoso, a small beach in the middle of Monte di Portofino, reachable along some paths or by sea, with its imposing and beautiful abbey built on commission of the Doria family around the year 1000 AD. From the port of Rapallo, almost every day, sea permitting, boats leave for the iconic and famous Cinque Terre. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Rio Maggiore and Manarola make up what is a UNESCO World Heritage destination. Five close villages of fishermen, built in inaccessible places, once reachable only by the sea.
This small area of Italy as well as giving a breathtaking territorial beauty, is famous for good food and local products. Along the streets of Rapallo you will find many beautiful food shops, fresh pasta, bakery, rotisserie, fishmongers and a daily market of fresh fruit and vegetables. The typical dishes of the Tigullio and the Riviera di Levante, are certainly the Pesto souce and Focaccia, but also the excellent fresh fish cooked in many different ways, the salty Verdura pies , Pansoti pasta with walnut sauce, and the excellent desserts like Canestrelli, Panettone and many other pastry. Despite the characteristics of the Ligurian towns and cities, overlooking the sea and surrounded by mountains, Rapallo has among its most welcome features a large 18-hole golf course, nestled in a green and cool park on the edge of the city.