Scola Tower, just off the Island of Palmaria

Torre Scola: almost destroyed because of Napoleon, saved by a miracle

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The fortification in front of Palmaria Island has a long story: built by the Genoese, almost destroyed by the British and saved from being demolished. Some italianise its name as “Torre Scuola” and some swear it was a prison, but the story of the Torre Scola is unique, and goes through the Republic of Genoa, […]

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Vernazza, the beach originated by the flood

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The catastrophic rains of October 25, 2011 have left not only mud and destruction, but also created a large new beach. October 25, 2011 is a day that in Vernazza – as in all of the Vara Valley, Val di Magra and in La Spezia – no one will forget: six hours of heavy rain […]

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Telemaco Signorini, the Macchiaioli painting art and the Riomaggiore skirts.

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Around the mid-nineteenth century, Riomaggiore became a refuge and inspiration for one of the founders of the Macchiaioli art school. Between the Gulf of Poets and Riomaggiore,  there are only 10 minutes away by train, through a tunnel. There is no difference between the two, however, in the ability of the landscape to impress and […]

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