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Villas in Liguria, Italy I Italian villas I NOVASOL

Holiday rentals in Liguria

The glittering region of Liguria in northwest Italy, with its unique beaches and tempting Italian villas is one of the most popular tourist regions of the country. The region lies on the Ligurian Sea, which is well known for the stunning Riviera between Bordighera and San Remo and the Riviera between Varazza and Laigueglia. Plunge into the crystalline waters on this vibrant coastline and equally take the plunge with a fantastic cultural calendar bound to blow you away whilst you are self-catering in this very special part of Italy.

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Geography of Liguria and its capital - Genoa

Liguria borders France, and the Italian region of Piedmont, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany.  It is divided into the provinces of Imperia, La Spezia, Savona and Genoa Metropolitan City. The city of Genoa with 585 thousand inhabitants, is the capital of the region. Visit Genoa’s stunning architecture and palaces on your trip. Other attractions include the famous harbour with the 67 metre high lighthouse, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, the city walls Mura del Barbarossa with its city gates, the Chiesa Maria Assunta and San Lorenzo Cathedral.

Luscious Ligurian landscapes

Away from the coast, the region is bounded on the west by the Ligurian Alps with the 2,201 metre high Mount Saccarello and to the east by the Ligurian Apennines. Between the clear sea and majestic mountains are lush rolling hills, providing some of the best things to do in Italy. The National Park, Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, also includes the cultural landscape of Porto Venere and Cinque Terre with the islands Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso are all unbelievably beautiful islands.Travel by boat to the islands allow an unforgettable view from the sea over to the fishing village of Porto Venere, with its crowded, colourful houses.

Agriculture in Liguria

Liguria is a narrow strip of land on the northern Mediterranean coast, meaning that seafood naturally plays a large role in the Ligurian pantry. In the hinterland thrive excellent herbs, vegetables, olive oil, fruit and grapes, whilst vineyards and olive groves also dominate the agricultural landscape. Many Italians refer to the cuisine of Liguria, in view of the ingredients used and the many vegetarian dishes, as a bit on the thin side, because the centre of the menu is formed by fish and vegetables. Famous dishes include the fish soups and Ciuppin Burrida of salt cod, stuffed and fried sardines, or fresh tuna - baked, fried or grilled. Discover all this and more from your villas in Italy.

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Ligurian cuisine

Everything from oysters and lobsters, sturgeon and caviar grace the Ligurian dinner table. Fish lovers will be in heaven, whilst even vegetarians can tuck in to a hearty bowl of pesto alla Genovese – fresh pasta dressed with this mixture of basil, garlic, feta, pine nuts and olive oil is a recipe for success. Roast veal and rabbit are family favourites, whilst locally grown and sometimes wild salad leaves are a fantastic accompaniment to local Italian cuisine. You could perhaps try picking your own rocket or borage and cooking with it at your Italian villa. If you like sweets, delights in Pandolce genovese, amaretti and Cubeli.

Enjoy culture in Liguria

Large festivals and numerous celebrations provide entertainment throughout the year for tourists and locals alike in this region of Italy. In Genoa since 1962, the international boat show "Salone Nautico" takes place. See large yachts, boats and the latest trends in leisure sports here. "Città dei Bambini, an interactive museum for children, is filled with visitors. In the port there is also the Caravelle "Neptun", known from the movie "The Pirates". With their heavy cannons and large figureheads, this is a must for lovers of adventure films. Also, the Aquarium of Genoa is an attraction for children, making an exciting trip for the whole family whilst self-catering Italy. In the largest aquarium in Europe more than 600 fish and animal species cavort in 70 pools. take into account respect for delays in midsummer!.

Active holidays in Liguria

Travel by boat on the sea, where diving, snorkeling and surfing make for memorable holidays. The brilliantly clean sea in front of Porto Venere attracts whales and dolphins like no other Mediterranean place. Go on an organised whale watching tour and have the experience of a lifetime right by your villas in Italy. A holiday in Liguria with sea and mountains, fun and entertainment is a guaranteed fun holiday with children. The extensive forests in the hinterland lure with old trees for walking and mountain biking. Rocks, valleys and streams also make excellent destinations to discover.

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Service – Why NOVASOL?

Liguria is perfect for the summer with the whole family, and NOVASOL has the holiday villas in Italy for you. We offer affordable holiday homes to sprawling villas in this beautiful region of Italy along the fabulous 300 kilometre long coastline between Ventimiglia near the French border. Simply select from our wide variety of holiday listings and book 24/7 online. Otherwise speak to one of our dedicated telephone advisors and they will help you book your dream holiday in Liguria.