Bay of Silence
Sestri Levante is found approximately halfway between Genoa and La Spezia. The town has two bays: Baia delle Favole, (Bay of the Fables), and Baia del Silenzio, the (Bay of Silence). The original part of Sestri Levante is actually on a peninsula, with the Baia del Silenzio (also known as "Portobello") on one side and Baia delle Favole on the other. Baia delle Favole or “Bay of Fairy Tales” was named in honor of Danish writer, Hans Christian Andersen, who lived in Sestri Levante for a short time in 1833.
Bay of Fables
Bay of Silence is a wonderful quiet romantic bay. It has a small boardwalk, but most of the houses come as far as the beach. It's a public beach where you will find many pubs. In front of the boardwalk you'll find the typical boats called "gozzi", resting on the beach after a fishing trip. In the Bay of Fables you can find place where you can play beach volley and bathing facilities.
According to Pliny the Elder, Portofino was founded by the Romans and named Portus Delphini, or Port of the Dolphin, because of the large number of dolphins that inhabited the Tigullian Gulf. The village is mentioned in a diploma from 986 by Adelaide of Italy, which assigned it to the nearby Abbey of San Fruttoso di Capodimonte. In 1171, together with the neighbouring Santa Margherita Ligure, it was included in Rapallo's commune jurisdiction. After 1229 it was part of the Republic of Genoa.
The town's natural harbour supported a fleet of fishing boats, but was somewhat too cramped to provide more than a temporary safe haven for the growing merchant marine of the Republic of Genoa. In 1409 Portofino was sold to the Republic of Florence by Charles VI of France, but when the latter was ousted from Genoa the Florentine gave it back. In the 15th century it was a fief of families such as the Fieschi, Spinola, Adorno and Doria. In 1815 it became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia and, from 1861, of the unified Kingdom of Italy. In the late 19th century, first British, then other Northern European aristocratic tourists began to visit Portofino, which they reached by horse and cart from Santa Margherita Ligure. Aubrey Herbert and Elizabeth von Arnim were amongst the more famous English people to make the area fashionable. Eventually more expatriates built expensive vacation houses, and by 1950 tourism had supplanted fishing as the town's chief industry, and the waterfront was a continuous ring of restaurants and cafés.
San Fruttuoso, located in a small bay, the promontory of portofino, is undoubtedly one of the most particular and fascinating of liguria.
It is exciting, as discending from the mountain or approaching from the sea, the Abbey of San Fruttuoso Capodimonte appears and stands out from the turquoise sea and from the green color of the surrounding vegetation. The monumental complex, owned by the FAI in 1983, was built in stages, starting from the end of the tenth century and includes the church with its bell tower, the monastery (which now houses a museum) and the cloister in which is home to the tombs of some members of the Doria Family.
It is also worth a visit Torre Doria, which can be accessed fom here , with a steep staircase. To complete the vllage, some fishermen's houses and typical restaurants located directly on the two small beaches offer fresh seafood. San Fruttuoso is accessible by sea and it is within walking distance, through the numerous trails in the park of Portofino. Exlusive privilege of the divers is instead an excursion to see the Christ of the Abyss, a statue situated on the sea floor at the entrance of the bay.
Chiavari beaches have been awarded with the Blue Flag of Europe. The Blue Flag Award is given to the beaches that offer clean and safe bathing areas. Chiavari offers several factories provided with any comfort for those who enjoy sea life. The beaches with its wonderful views make everyone want nighter his vacation full of relaxation and recreation. If you love sports, you can enjoy a wide range of water sports and more.
Lavagna and Chiavari are grown together and, in the first one, is situated the biggest tourist spot in the Europe. There are also wonderful beaches and a beautiful promenade. Lavagna is a tourist port city of c. 13,000 inhabitants in the curving stretch of the Italian Riviera di Levante called the gulf of Tigullio, in the province of Genoa in Liguria. The borgo of Lavagna was an important Ligurian cultural center in the Middle Ages. Today its long straight beach is packed with August tourists. In the village, a famous and historical celebration, called La Torta dei Fieschi, takes place the August 14 of each year during which the town of Lavagna, is gremisce of people from everywhere.
Located in the south-east respect to Sestri Levante, the fraction is composed of two distinct parts: Trigoso, the oldest and placed on the hills, and Riva that is situated sea. Riva Trigoso overlooks on a wide bay bordered by two headlands: Punta Manara on the west side, behind which is situated the town of Sestri Le-vante, and Punta Baffe on the east side, behind which is situated Moneglia. The Riva Trigoso beach is divided in two parts: the more crowded and bigger one that is located near the village centre and the other one that is situated at east where there is a rock called “Asseu”.