Two routes to discover the Val di Vara sanctuaries

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Monasteries of Val di Vara: two hiking trails surrounded by history, religion, and nature Val di Vara has a thousand-year history during which it was inhabited by various populations over the centuries like the ancient Ligurians, the ancient Romans, the Byzantines, the Lombards. The peoples that have passed through this area have left traces of […]

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A circular and fascinating hiking trail in the Ancient Ligurians area in Pignone

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Technical data Difficulty: simpleDifference in altitude: about 135 metersTrail number: 556, then 556v (it’s called Anello del Benessere too. It means Wellness Circuit)Recommended period: all year round as long as it’s good weatherDuration: 1 hour and a halfSuggestions: the hiking trail is very suitable for mountain biking too Among the many hiking trails in Pignone, […]

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Hiking trails in Val di Vara, the Bio Valley

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To rise and shine after the lockdown The trails in Val di Vara are an excellent alternative for those who, like me, love the total contact with nature. Last spring, when after almost 2 months of lockdown it was finally possible to leave our houses, I found it very pleasant to go into the woods, […]

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Carro-Mattarana hiking trail: a walk in the heart of Val di Vara

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Technical data: Difficulty: medium-easyTrail number: 622, then 630 Recommended period: all year round as long as the weather is good and it hasn’t rained heavily recentlyDuration: about 3 hoursSuggestions: you can walk the path going there and back, it will be about 15 km. Alternatively, you can get there with 2 cars, leaving one in […]

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The Manarola Volastra Corniglia trail, among vineyards and terraces of the Cinque Terre

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Technical data Difficulty: medium Difference in altitude: 335 meters (1099 feet) Trail number: 506, then 586, then 587 Recommended period: all year round (not recommended in case of bad weather)Length: 2 ours and 30 minutesSuggestions: the first part of the hiking trail has a very steep climb (1200 steps!) which the lazy ones can skip […]

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3 (unmissable) staircases towards the sea

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Do you like trekking? Do you love uncrowded beaches? Do you love crystal clear water? Here are three ideas to satisfy your desires The Ligurian coast of the Cinque Terre is not only characterized by five marvelous villages that stand out over the sea, but, for the more adventurous, it also hides wild beaches, challenging […]

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The revolutionary Cinque Terre Railway

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The railway that today takes us to the villages and beaches of The Cinque Terre was a revolutionary construction project, that requested a refined technology for the time. It is one of the most charming railway stretches in the world, the one connecting the five villages of the Cinque Terre. The villages used to be almost completely isolated […]

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Is the Cinque Terre Via Dell’Amore open? Romantic Routes in the Cinque Terre area

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After a few years since a devastating flood destroyed the Cinque Terre Via Dell’Amore, it’s still complicated, like it happens in romantic relationships.

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La Spezia Carnival traditions

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Batiston, the guy who pined for being the king of the La Spezia carnival. A brief history of the traditional mask. Naples has Pulcinella, Venice has Pantalone and Colombina, Viareggio has Burlamacco, Bologna has Balanzone, Arlecchino is from Bergamo and Gianduia from Turin, Baciccia goes around Genoa and La Spezia? What is the typical mask […]

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The biggest nativity in the world lights up Christmas in the Cinque Terre

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The crib that lights up Christmas every year in Manarola is now a tradition of the Cinque Terre area, famous throughout the world, the protagonist of some Christmas records. Christmas in the Cinque Terre and La Spezia comes when the magnificent Manarola Nativity is lit, a representation of the Crib with lots of peasant and […]

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