Liguria offers many interesting attractions, and some of them are even UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their uniqueness and their historical and natural value.
One of these is the region’s capital, Genoa, a fascinating city that matches ancient and modern, past and present, colours and shadows. It has married the sea and its culture, traditions, and even the buildings witness its relationship with the Mediterranean sea since when it became one of the old Maritime Republic.
The narrow streets of the old town in Genoa, called carruggi will take you back in the past with their ancient atmosphere. Here we can find the Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli, where politicians and aristocrats were hosted, an impressive 16th century architectural work. The aristocratic dwellings that would host State visits were chosen by draw from the rolli, or public registers.
Among all the beautiful city palaces of the Renaissance some are really gorgeous: Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria with the paintings of Rubens, Van Dyck and Bernardo Strozzi; Palazzo Lercari Parodi; Palazzo Campanella and Palazzo Podestà.
Visiting Genoa, don’t miss the famous and technology-advanced Aquarium, one of the most complete in Europe, that, being designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano, is interesting and spectacular both inside and outside. Large windows pools houses an entire marine world: dolphins, seals, sharks and colourful fishes of all shapes and sizes create a breath-taking view for both adults and children.
Another UNESCO heritage is Cinque Terre, in addition to Porto Venere and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Visiting those places means enjoying the atmosphere and the charm of this corner of heaven formed by 18 km (11.2mi) of coast and five seaside towns called Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. A unique scenery is created by the rocky coast just a short drop from a clear sea, the scents and colours of the earth and the typical houses hanged on the rocks. Portovenere offers an enchanting view from the sea, with the ancient port and the coloured houses built one next to the other that mirror in the emerald sea. It is the start of an archipelago that includes the above-mentioned islands.