Deiva Marina and surroundings: Cinque Terre & Portofino

Deiva Marina is located in the Eastern Ligurian Riviera and is a renowned and popular sea resort due to its proximity to the famous Cinque Terre and Golfo del Tigullio. To the West, it’s far 52 km from La Spezia and to  the e East, 67 km from Genoa.

Deiva Marina is surrounded by hills, which makes it particularly attractive also for trekking-fans and mountain-bikers, who can walk or ride along panoramic paths, especially charming in Autumn. Among the famous rises of Deiva Marina it’s worth mentioning the Bracco mountain pass, at 610 mt, so well-known by motor-bikers.

The beauty of the shore and of the sea villages is certainly the greatest attraction of the territory, but La Spezia too offers some little surprises. Walking along the promenade, you can enjoy a wonderful sight of the sea as well as the whole Gulf, whereby Alpi Apuane dominate the entire landscape. You can enjoy a wonderful panorama also from Castello di San Giorgio, mainly changed in the course of time and recently restored to host the Formentini Civic Museum with an interesting archaeological section. Among other museums, CAMeC – Modern and Contemporary Art Centre – with a rich collection from the main trends of XVIII century and Amedeo Lia Civic Museum where masterpieces by Sebastiano del Piombo, Tintoretto, Tiziano and Pontormo are shown.

Lerici and Portovenere, one just opposite to the other, are not to be missed.
The Lerici symbol is the imposing Castle, one of the most defensive buildings of Liguria, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view up to  Palmaria Isle. Among the picturesque houses of the ancient part of Lerici you can walk through the narrow “carruggi” or on the steep staircases. Portovenere is characterized by art, nature and sea, along with the little harbour, the steep staircases, apparently climbing on the walls of the promontory, as well as the colours of the house merging with the green of the Mediterranean woodlands.

Worth of visiting the small Chiesa di San Pietro (St. Peter’s Church),appearing just like becoming one  with the rock on which it lies and the small isles Palmaria, Tino e Tinetto, belonging to Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere (i.e. its Natural Park). Last but not leas:t Ameglia, Tellaro, Bocca di Magra and Montemarcello, also enclosed into a charming scenario.

Val di Vara, also known as Valle dei Borghi Rotondi, includes ancient and attractive villages where squares and streets form a circle around the church or the castle, according the medieval urban pattern. Some clear watercourses cross the thick woods and the green valleys. An imposing Castle dominates the houses of Varese Ligure, around the church of San Filippo Neri and Santa Teresa D’Avila, as well as the Brugnato Cathedral, which was built on an ancient Benedictine settlement, to be seen today through special windows.


A shore overhanging the sea, many multicoloured houses hanging on the rock and terracing with olive trees and grapevines, cliffs and bays washed by a cobalt blue sea: this landscape, so beautiful that it looks like a portrait, belongs to Cinque Terre.
MonterossoVernazzaCorniglia , Manarola and Riomaggiore have a common denominator: a unique beauty in the world! Visit them walking down the connecting paths. Discover their art and history heritage, just up to their furthermost corners, accompanied by  the colours and perfumes of  agave, broom and mimosa.

Val di Magra offers a merge of different landscapes, lying between two mountain chains and crossed by the river bearing the same name. Here, on the border with Tuscany, there are many villages with a typical medieval plan. Sarzana is a charming place, boasting valuable monuments, such as the two Fortresses and the Cathedral, where you can enjoy a lively holyday with feasts and festivals promoting local products as well as cultural events. The 33 meters high Torre del Guinigi stands out in Ortonovo, close to one of the most important archaeological sites of Italy – Luni – with the rests of the Ancient Roman city.