Liguria (Italian: Liguria) is a coastal region in northwestern Italy. It borders France in the west, Piedmont in the north and Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany in the east. The name Liguria dates from pre-Roman times. The Ligurian coast or Ligurian Riviera is called "Riviera di Levante" to the east of Genoa, and "Riviera di Ponente" to the west of Genoa. The part of the municipality of Andora up to the French border is also known as the Flower Riviera.

The most important Ligurian nature areas are: Cinque Terre, the peninsula of Portofino, the Ligurian Alps and the landscape around the town of Finale Ligure.

Places of interest of the region are: Genoa, the villages of Cinque Terre, Albenga and Alassio, Camogli, Sestri Levante, Noli, San Remo and Portofino.

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Liguria. More than 1,600,000 inhabitants. Half live in the 4 major cities. Of the other half, 80% live on the coast. The interior - from a few kilometers inland - is one of the least populated areas of Italy. This is also an unknown area for 'the' tourist. It is precisely in this area that you can taste the taste of pure, authentic Italy. Whether you are talking about nature, about the kitchen, about the habits and behaviors of the residents: we have already experienced many details here that have usually made us happy, but sometimes also moved to tears. Montegrosso - holiday home "Tra Mare e Monti" - is an ideal place to experience all this.

For many centuries, Liguria has been a plaything of ruling governments. A few centuries ago there were, on average, other rulers every 30 years. From Austrians to French, from Sardinians to the Roman Pope. All asserted their influence and have pushed the Liguresi to the limit to keep their heads above water. The desire for self-reliance and independence became increasingly important to them. As a result, people gradually started to adopt a lifestyle that is as close to nature as possible.

Also from the twenties to the sixties of the last century, the Ligurian population had a difficult, difficult time. The legacies of this can still be found in their daily lifestyle and actions. The book 'Smalle Paden' by Julia Blackburn tells about this - never described - period. (there's a copy present in the holiday home).

La festa della donna is not only the feast of women, but also of florists. On March 8, all women will receive twigs of mimosa, the symbol of this day and a symbol of female solidarity. Everyone really gives each other mimosa, men to their wives, boyfriends to their girlfriends, but also girlfriends to girlfriends. Lately it has become increasingly common to celebrate this day exclusively with amiche or colleghe; men are not welcome. The ladies go out in the evening and make it a happy evening together.

Around the year 1000 the vine was spotted for the first time in West Liguria, brought from Greece and Phoenicia. They landed in present-day Marseille and were scattered along the entire Ligurian coast. The renowned wines are now: Rossese, Vermentino, Barbarossa, Pigato and Ormeasco. The latter has its home in Pornassio, a few kilometers from Montegrosso.

Riviera di Ponente
In addition to the many seaside resorts, the Ligurian coast is also known for its flower cultivation (mainly for the perfume industry) and olive growing. Here the coast is much flatter than the coast south of Genova [Genoa]. You will also find wide sandy beaches. The Dutch sound the Ventimiglia border town, best known in the ears. In the 50s and 60s, the train ended here. A charming walled old town with a church from the 11th century and a beautiful palm and flowered Giardino Pubblico.

The fame of Sanremo dates from around 1900 when the predominantly English aristocrats landed here. The many distinguished old hotels on the coast recall this time. Sometimes also some faded glory. The new San Remo is mainly known for the many expensive shops and the very popular casino. The famous Festival di San Remo, a kind of national song festival, also takes place here in February every year. Fortunately, the character of the old medieval part of town (La Pigna), with its maze of streets, has been preserved.

Mountain villages
In the interior you will find many small medieval villages that lie against the mountains like eagle nests. They were built in inaccessible places, as a defense against the pirates, in this case the Moors. Many are now abandoned, but they are certainly worth a drive through the mountain passes where beautiful views in a quiet nature are the reward (as well as beautiful picnic spots).

For instance Triora is located at 1440m above sea level. It still has clear traces of medieval occupation. On the village square, which seems much too large for this small village, are two small churches. Below the square are the remains of a huge water reservoir. from which the population During a siege, the local population could draw water from it for months. Triora is also the place where the Tribunal did justice in witchcraft. Many - mainly - women were chained to the tribunal over so-called 'witch paths' and 'witch bridges'. There they were tortured and eventually sentenced. An interesting museum is dedicated to this period of several hundred years in Triora.

Tággia, surrounded by olive groves and flower fields (cultivation), has steep arcade streets with long covered stairs. Two very steep streets lead to the castle. This provided protection at the time of the many Moorish attacks. At the top of the street is another large stone that was rolled down the hill to stop the invaders.

Liguria is situated between the sea and mountains. The holiday home is on a hill at an altitude of 700 meters. That is why it is called "Tra Mare e Monti". The hills are covered with many wild herbs such as thyme, sage, rosemary, oregano, marjoram and basil, but also - near Montegrosso Pian Latte - wild spinach, wild strawberries, raspberries and mushrooms twice a year. In Italy it is customary to search, cut or pick these. You can taste this variety of culinary ingredients and smell it clearly in Ligurian cuisine. This is therefore best suited from March to October and will surprise you! Moreover, you would expect the products from the sea to dominate, which would make sense for an area with such a long coastline. Fresh vegetables in particular are very popular, particularly artichokes, asparagus, leeks and tomatoes. A lot of olive trees grow along the western Riviera; the olive oil from this area is among the best in Italy.





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