Liguria, Italy, is a region in Italy located in the northwest of the country. The capital city is beautiful Genoa. This area of Italy borders with France with many buses and trains running daily from Côte d'Azur to Genoa, making border crossing very easy for travelers. The majority of the most popular cities in the region are coastal and boast picturesque, colorful fishing villages. The area is great for nature seekers, as both the Alps and Apennines mountains can be found here -- meaning endless hiking opportunities, nature reserves, and parks.
Most hostels in Liguria, Italy, will offer an assortment of outdoor activities from boat cruises to sunset hikes. The most popular destinations for tourists in the area are Genoa, Sanremo, Portofino, and Cinque Terre. If you’re looking for a beach vacation and want to spend time diving or snorkeling, it is best to head to Genoa or La Spezia, as this is where the deepest waters can be found. In Genoa, be sure to explore the nearby fishing village of Boccadasse.
Winter is the off-season in this area, as most travelers come to this part of Italy to enjoy the beach. Yet winter is a wonderful time to visit, as hostels in Liguria, Italy, are much more affordable, tourist crowds are scarce, and the temperature hardly gets lower than fifty degrees Fahrenheit.
Travelers seeking Italian culture will love staying in hostels in Liguria, Italy. Most Liguria, Italy hostels are family run and may offer traditional homemade cuisine or even cooking lessons and wine tastings! Foodies will rejoice to learn that pesto is originally from Liguria! The region is the perfect place to indulge in the Italian sauce that is made up of the perfect combination of fresh basil, pine seeds, olive oil, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. As the majority of Liguria is coastal, seafood is also incredible in this region! Friggitoria -- fried small fish and shellfish -- are irresistibly delicious and served in paper cones that are easily transported to the beach. Trenette and trofie pasta come from this region, as does the mouth-watering ciuppin soup. Ligurian cuisine is also responsible for focaccia, a flat, oven-baked Italian bread often topped with onions and herbs. It is common to place a farinata inside the focaccia and add in some pesto.
History buffs will also love staying in hostels in Liguria, Italy. Genoa, the region's capital city, was Christopher Columbus’ home (it's still one of the most important ports on the Mediterranean Sea today). This resulted in the area being quite affluent and there are many beautiful mansions for explorers to see. Hiking enthusiasts will want to head to Cinque Terre, which literally translates to five towns. Most hostels in the area are located in Riomaggiore. For those who do not wish to hike, there are also trains that transport visitors from Riomaggiore to Manarola to Corniglia to Vernazza to Monterosso.
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I have been to the Cinque Terre two times and I cannot get enough. Hope to return next year.
I wouldnt say there is a whole lot to do in Genoa, but the town itself is pretty vast and nice if you just want to do a little exploring. Traveling along the rocky coast is a must, and if you go far enough, the rocks turn into large flat stones that people sunbathe on in the summer. The water is amazing in color, …
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