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In this section you will find a selection of the most beautiful places to visit during your stay at Villa Agata .. a simple afternoon trip up to day trips to beautiful Liguria!

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TOURIST INFO


In this section you will find a selection of the most beautiful places to visit during your stay at Villa Agata .. a simple afternoon trip up to day trips to beautiful Liguria!


DESTINATIONS


WEST SIDE

DESTINATIONS


WEST SIDE

NIZZA

NIZZA

 
MONTE CARLO

MONTE CARLO

 
MENTONE

MENTONE

 

NIZZA

(FRANCE) 86km

The turquoise waters of the French Riviera are the spectacular backdrop to the elegant Nice. Breathe the fresh air of the Mediterranean walking along the seafront or admire from above the entire city from the hill of the Castle. The pedestrian area of Rossetti square is the heart of the city, with a large fountain, spectacular buildings and the beautiful Cathedral of Santa Reparata, which give an air of French province. Nice has a cosmpolitan Riviera vibe, and you'll enjoy exploring its fashionable boutiques and restaurants and sunning yourself on its popular beaches. (Just don't expect soft sand—these beaches have pebbles.) Walk up to Castle Hill for a beautiful view of the city, the Bay of Angels and of course, the bright blue water that gave the Cote d'Azur its name.

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MONTE-CARLO

(FRANCE) 72km

Monte-Carlo is home to the celebrated Monte Carlo Casino. This glamorous palace is full of frescoes, sculptures, and features an astonishing gold and marble atrium, not to mention the main attraction, gambling! Steeped in 700 years of Grimaldi royal history, Monte-Carlo’s location is stunning, tucked between French mediaeval villages and the Alps. Take in a world-class opera or ballet, bask in the sun on Larvotto Beach or get an adrenaline rush at May's Formula 1 Grand Prix.

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MENTONE

(FRANCE) 65km

Relaxed beaches flank the sunny resort town of Menton, know as "the pearl of France", and its most temperate locale. Nearly a dozen private beaches offer bar service and lounge chairs. The free public beaches are kid-friendly with plenty of aquatic sports to inspire a plunge into the Med.

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BALZI ROSSI

BALZI ROSSI

BALZI ROSSI

61km

Preistoric Nation Museum: This is the place where our ancestors settled. It is a fundamental place to visit to understand how our first settlements functionned. The site includes the cave where the burials took place, the skeletons that were recovered from the cave, and one wall painting. Unfortunately the Venus of Balzi Rossi was taken to Canada. Beach: If you'd like to avoid the rocks of the French and Italian blue coast, this is the beach to go to. You have to take a hike (entrance point is next to the archaeological museum), but it's so worth it to be on a beach with sand. There's a little beach bar set up also so you can enjoy some drinks.

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GIARDINI BOTANICI HANBURY

GIARDINI BOTANICI HANBURY

GIARDINI BOTANICI HANBURY

59km

Wealthy English man decided to create a botanic garden in Italy at the end of the 19th century then his children leave it to the state a hundred years later. It's now run by Genova university.
The garden is on a fairly steep wooded hillside running down to the sea with different climatic varieties at different altitudes. Helpfully the garden recommends a route down and a route back to to get a good appreciation of the specimens and views out to the Ligurian sea. "Specimens"covers a range from small cacti to giant pines so there is lots to interest. One must are palm trees with shell holes [a relic of WWII]. This must have been a strategically important botanic garden. At the bottom of the garden is a simple cafe which is a welcome relief. The guide suggest one and a half hours for the but is recommended 3 hours went by with ease. There are lots of steps in the garden as created but metaled sloping paths now give wheel chair access and an electric buggy can be booked.
This place is a haven of peace away from the magic world of the Italian coast.

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DOLCEACQUA

DOLCEACQUA

DOLCEACQUA

64km

Up a narrow, dead-end valley lies Dolceaqua, a serene medieval town that once inspired Monet. Its original, steeply sited heart is watched over by a recently restored castle, while its new town, a typical 19th-century affair, sits across a fast-flowing river, joined by an ancient humpback stone bridge. It's a lovely place to simply wander the carrugi (laneways) and have a leisurely lunch away from the mayhem of the coast.

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APRICALE

APRICALE

APRICALE

68km

Apricale is a small italian village (600+ inhabitants) close to the franch border, 170 km west of genoa. It is a small, clean medeval with stone buildings. in summer it is easy to find nice theatre representations scattered in the streets. A nice way to spend the day as there are also great restaurants with local fair and the wine of the region (Rossese). Caution on the wine. It may drink easy but it packs a punch.

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PIGNA

PIGNA

PIGNA

75km

Pigna Antiche Terme spa uses thermal water Pigna, which was already known in the thirteenth century. It is a wellness spa and hotel high-level, which renewed the fame of the town of Pigna, attended by the British spa in the second half of the nineteenth century. Open all year round without closing the end of the season. The health club and spa Pigna Antiche Terme, which covers 3,600 square meters, also produces its own line of cosmetics, named "Terme di Pigna".

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TRIORA

TRIORA

TRIORA

59km

Triora is a picturesque medieval village that hides a dark past. In 1587 was the scene of the most famous witch trials of Italian history and why it is often compared to Salem, although its events took place well before a century. Our Storyteller will guide you along the narrow streets of the village, through the places that marked the process events. No invented story, only the true folklore of Triora!

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SANREMO

SANREMO

SANREMO

37km

With a comfortable climate that varies little throughout the year, Sanremo has been a favored tourist destination since the mid-1700s, attracting visitors from all over Europe, including heavy contingents of Russian and British aristocracy. For many, the long stretch of beach is the main attraction, but don’t miss the impressive casino or the hillside medieval section of town called La Pigna. Every year since 1951, the city has hosted Italy’s popular Sanremo Music Festival.

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MONESI

MONESI

MONESI

45km

Monesi, renowned ski resort, situated at 1400 meters. of altitude on the slopes of Mount Saccarello.
Monesi was until the eighties a very popular winter resort especially for its proximity to the Ligurian Coast is in fact about 50 km. from Imperia.
Unfortunately in recent years due to many vicissitudes, among them was a lack of snowfall, Monesi has experienced a slow decline and the ski lifts, including a chairlift, have been reduced from five to two.
However the two plants remained in operation still offer a very wide scope, both for off-piste skiing for traditional skiing on the beaten track.
Very interesting is the second ski lift called the "plateau" that leads to the summit Saccarello (mt.2200) at the foot of the gigantic statue of the Redeemer, from where you can enjoy a beautiful breathtaking view of all the Maritime Alps and the Mediterranean Sea to the coast of Corsica.

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BUSSANA VECCHIA

BUSSANA VECCHIA

BUSSANA VECCHIA

26km

An artist's village built on the ruins of an abandoned medieval village, stands on a gentle hill behind Sanremo giving suggestica and unreal image of themselves ...
In 1887, a massive earthquake struck the Sanremo hinterland daneggiando seriously Bussana Vecchia. The town was abandoned.
The village has since it was no longer inhabited, until the settlement of the community of artists, which began in the sixties, the country has been brought back to life by artists from around the world who have worked and will continue to play their activities.

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COLLE DI NAVA

COLLE DI NAVA

COLLE DI NAVA

34km

The Colle di Nava is a crossing point between the Ligurian Alps that unites the coast and Piemonte.
Nava, the municipality of Pornassio, famous for ormeasco wine, is a very popular holiday destination for Imperia that during summer you reach for fresh air and tranquility.
The Nava strategic importance to the Duchy of Savoy is at the origin of the impressive system of fortifications visible today at Nava Forts, which dates back to the last century.
Nava offered to the Duchy of Savoy an essential gateway to the sea, linking the Piedmont to the territory and the port of Oneglia.
Typical products of the coast, such as oil, wine, wheat and in particular the salt, have passed for centuries by Nava towards Ormea, the Po Valley and the north of the Alps markets, in particular Geneva.
The Colle di Nava with 5 strong houses which in the past have had fundamental importance.

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SAN LORENZO AL MARE

SAN LORENZO AL MARE

SAN LORENZO AL MARE

The best bicycle path of Liguria with fantastic seaview.
A 20 km flat path from San Lorenzo al Mare to Sanremo (on the West Riviera) following the old railway track.
The entire path has been recently created so the lane is really good.
Alongside the road you meet 4 villages and the big town of Sanremo: all these places offers you break areas and bike rentals.
In case you decide to cycle in the summer don't forget your swimsuite: you can easily park the bike and stop for a swim in one of the lot beaches of the area.

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EAST SIDE

DESTINATIONS


EAST SIDE

CINQUE TERRE

119km to Genova + Boat or Train

Set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet, these five ingeniously constructed fishing villages can bolster the most jaded of spirits. A Unesco World Heritage site since 1997, Cinque Terre isn't the undiscovered Eden it once was but, frankly, who cares? Sinuous paths traverse seemingly impregnable cliffsides, while a 19th-century railway line cut through a series of coastal tunnels ferries the footsore from village to village. Thankfully cars were banned over a decade ago.

Rooted in antiquity, Cinque Terre's five villages date from the early medieval period. Monterosso, the oldest, was founded in AD 643, when beleaguered hill dwellers moved down to the coast to escape from invading barbarians. Riomaggiore came next, purportedly established in the 8th century by Greek settlers fleeing persecution in Byzantium. The others are Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola. Much of what remains in the villages today dates from the late High Middle Ages, including several castles and a quintet of illustrious parish churches.

Fetching vernacular architecture aside, Cinque Terre's unique historical feature are the steeply terraced cliffs bisected by a complicated system of fields and gardens that have been hacked, chiselled, shaped and layered over the course of nearly two millennia. So marked are these artificial contours that some scholars have compared the extensive muretti (low stone walls) to the Great Wall of China in their grandeur and scope.

In October 2011 flash floods along the Ligurian coast wreaked havoc in Vernazza and Monterosso, burying historic streets and houses under metres of mud and killing half-a-dozen people. The villages, in resiliant Ligurian style, recovered swiftly, but some of the walking trails remain fragile and closed to visitors.

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RIOMAGGIORE

RIOMAGGIORE

 
MANAROLA

MANAROLA

 
CORNIGLIA

CORNIGLIA

 
VERNAZZA

VERNAZZA

 
MONTEROSSO AL MARE

MONTEROSSO AL MARE

 

RIOMAGGIORE

(CINQUE TERRE) 

Cinque Terre's eaternmost village, Riomaggiore is the largest of the five and acts as its unofficial HQ (the main park office is based here). Its peeling pastel buildings march down a steep ravine to a tiny harbour - the region's favourite postcard view - and glow romantically at sunset.

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MANAROLA

(CINQUE TERRE) 

Bequeathed with more grapevines than any other Cinque Terre village, Manarola is famous for its sweet Schiacchetrà wine. It's also awash with priceless medeieval relics, supporting claims that it is the oldest of the five. The spirited locals here speak an esoteric lacal dialect known as Manarolese. Due to its proximity to Riomaggiore (852m away), the village is heavily trafficked, especially by italian school parties.

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CORNIGLIA

(CINQUE TERRE) 

Corniglia is the 'quiet' middle village that sits atop a 100m-high rocky promontory surrounded by vineyards. It is the only Cinque Terre settlement with no direct sea access, although steep steps lead down to a rocky cove. Narrow alleys and colourfully painted four-storey houses characterise the ancient core, a timeless streetscape that was namechecked in Boccaccio's Decameron. To reach the village proper from the railway station you must first thackle the Lardarina, a 377-step brick stairway or jump on a shuttle bus (one-way €2.50).

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VERNAZZA

(CINQUE TERRE) 

Vernazza's small harbour - the only secure landing point on the Cinque Terre coast - guards what is perphaps the quaintest of the five villages. Lined with little cafes, a main cobbled street, Via Roma, links seaside Piazza Marconi with the train station. Side streets lead to the village's trademark Genoa-style caruggi (narrow lanes), where sea views pop at every turn.

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MONTEROSSO AL MARE

(CINQUE TERRE) 

The most accessible village by car and the only Cinque Terre settlement to sport a proper beach, Monterosso is the furthest west and least qintessential of the quintet. The Village, know for its lemon trees and anchovies, is split in two, its new and old halves linked by an underground tunnnel burrowed beneath the blustery San Cristoforo promontory. Monterosso was badly hit by the 2011 floods, but recovered remarkably quickly.

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SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE

SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE

SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE

146km

Santa Margherita materialises like a calm Impressionist painting. You wouldn't want to change a single detail of its picture-perfect seaside promenade, where elegant hotels with Liberty facades overlook yachts in this fishing-village-turned-retirement-spot. It's decidly less bling than Portofino, with affordable hotel options and a surpisingly workaday town behind the waterfront

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PORTOFINO

PORTOFINO

PORTOFINO

151km

Even the trees are handsome in Portofino, a small but perfectly coiffured coastal village that sits on its own peninsula, seemingly upping the exclusivity factor by mere geography. Hotels here are hushed and headily priced, but a drink by Portofino's yacht-filled harbour or a stroll around its designer shops can be easily enjoyed on a day trip from Genoa

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CAMOGLI

CAMOGLI

CAMOGLI

142km

Camogli, 25km east of Genoa, is most famous for its sheer number of trompe l'œil villas, its photogenic terraced streets winding down to a perfect cove of pebble beach amid a backdrop of umbrella pines and olive groves. Pretty as it the town is, it remains a working fishing hub – the town's name means 'house of wives', hailing from the days when the womenfolk ran the show while the husbands were away at sea. Come the second weekend in May, the town celebrates its maritime heritage with the Sagra del Pesce (Fish Festival) and a huge fish fry – hundreds are cooked in 3m-wide pans along the waterfront.

Delve down the lanes away from the water for the town's best focaccia and some nice dining options.

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GENOVA

GENOVA

GENOVA

119km

While Henry James described Genoa as 'the most winding and incoherent of cities', his French counterpart Gustav Flaubert declared it had 'a beauty that tears the soul'. Italy's largest sea port is indefatigably contradictory, full at once of grandeur, squalor, sparkling light and deep shade. But a gateway to the Riviera for many travellers today, a weighty architectural heritage speaks of its former glory. The Most Serene Republic of Genoa ruled over the Mediterranean waves during the 12th to the 13th centuries and its emblematic flag, the red cross of St George, was greedily hijacked by the upstart English.

History feels alive in Genoa, and no more so in its extensive old city, a tightly twisting maze of narrow caruggi (laneways), largely intact and a compelling, if often confronting, reminder of pre-modern life. Emerge blinking from its dank heart to Via Garibaldi and the splendid Enlightment-era gold-leaf halls of the Unesco-annointed Palazzi dei Rolli.

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BERGEGGI

BERGEGGI

BERGEGGI

67km

The landscape is fantastic with the skyline of the Bergeggi island in front of you. The sea is like in the best mediterranea places, clean, blue and rich in life (the island is a marine protected area). You can really enjoy one of the best swim ever from the beach to the island (400 meters far more or less).

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TOIRANO

TOIRANO

TOIRANO

44km

The Grotte di Toirano are located in a karst area at the end of the Vallone del Vero (valley of truth). More than 70 caves are known in this area.  The show caves are two of the caves, the Grotta della Bàsura with its prehistoric remains and the lower level of the Grotta di S. Lucia. Both are connected by an artificial tunnel.

During prehistoric times the cave was once visited by prehistoric man, probably 12,000 years ago. Very interesting are the hand and foot prints from Neanderthals, many of the handprints are of children. Other remains found in the cave were graves and amphoras from the time of the late Roman Empire. A building at the parking lot of the caves contains the Museo Preistorico della Val Varatella, the prehistoric museum of the Varatella valley.

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ALASSIO

ALASSIO

ALASSIO

30km

Lovely, sandy beach with the hills behind.  The Budello is between the seafront and the town of Alassio.You can find lovely restaurants, bars and ice cream shops. There are also some lovely boutiques and shoe shops.
You can enjoy a lovely walk through the Budello which runs right through to the other side of the town.
Would recommend highly great restaurants hidden away.

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LAIGUEGLIA

LAIGUEGLIA

LAIGUEGLIA

25km

The promenade of Laigueglia, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, is a very pleasant walk, with the main street of the old town which flanks the beaches, spacious and well maintained and offers many places to dine.

To visit, going just inside the spectacular baroque church of St. Matthew, which dominates the panorama of the city from the sea and typical for its bell from the rotated basis (that is, placed diagonally) than the move facade.

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CERVO

CERVO

CERVO

13km

Well-signposted from Cervo itself down by the sea, the road gently climbs and twists up to the Old Town. Entered through a couple of archways, a spaghetti of alleys and lanes lead through the stones of this medieval town perched on a hill looking over the sea.

Stout shoes are essential and calf muscles are tested when circumnavigating this cosy experience. Little piazzas appear and the nearly hidden restaurants are very worth discovering. There are some artists and soap sellers showing their wares throughout. Parking is free outside of May-October and the village can also be reached on foot from the coast road. Borgo Cervo is not just a museum piece but has a vibrant cultural life too.

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