Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy; its capital is Genoa. The region is popular with tourists for its beaches, towns and cuisine.
On the east side of Liguria the town of La Spezia faces a bay known as the Gulf of Poets, once celebrated by Romantic poets Byron and Shelley. The town has a strong sea history, with a military port defined “the most beautiful in the world” by Napoleon.
Also in La Spezia the oldest and largest Naval Arsenal and Nautical Military Museum of Italy. Other beautiful spots around the Gulf of Poets: Portovenere (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Lerici, with its medieval castle and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto also registered by UNESCO as World Heritage.
On the East coast also the small pearl of Portofino, with its famous square, hotels and luxury shops; Santa Margherita, fishing village and renowned tourist destination, Cinque Terre (Monterosso, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore and Vernazza) small fishing perched villages, once accessible only by sea and also UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Finally, Sestri Levante, charming village celebrated by Hans Christian Andersen, the writer of the Little Mermaid.
On the East coast there is also the capital of Liguria: Genoa, one of the most beautiful Italian city.