(Coming to) Chiavari, the “Capital of Tigullio”, is not only for the sea, even though it is so clean to receive more than one time awarded with the Blue Flag.
Chiavari, the crown jewel of the Italian Riviera, shows off its beautiful Art Nouveau, crowned by the luxuriant green of Palazzo Rocca's botanical gardens and embroider by characteristic arcades, supported by columns different from each other.
Another tip is the “Centro Storico” in the pedestrian street of “Via Martiri della Liberazione”. This most beautiful old city center is very attractive. Besides one can do some good shopping there - for Ligurian specialties and much more. Shopping is also possible in bad weather, as one can stay under the arcades and rummage through the antiquity shops and exclusive shops. In addition, a bustling market is held in the city center every Friday. The city offers many treasures to those who go into its charming alleys (Carruggi), with elegant boutiques, typical shops and artisans of ancient memory overlook it.
Chiavari encompasses other pearls in its offer such as the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora delle Grazie, located on the
towards Zoagli. From the twelfth century, is between the green vegetation of the coast, overlooking the sea. Inside, there is a wonderful cycle of frescoes by Teramo Piaggio and the beautiful Last Judgement by Luca Cambiaso, dating back to 1550. Worthy of note is the adjoining chapel that contains the votive offerings of sailors who escaped the perils of the sea. Every second Sunday of the month and the Saturday before, the streets of downtown come alive around the hundred and more stalls of the antique market. Here, among the most qualified exhibitors, passionate about Antiques and Brocante can find 50s Murano vases, very original corkscrew collector and a thousand of other curiosities.
Also worth mentioning is the gastronomy, which boasts some cult addresses in Chiavari, a must for many boaters who moor their yachts in the harbor. But it would not be fair to forget the characteristic “Farinotti”, in which, along with the ubiquitous focaccia Genovese, you can taste La farinata (the porridge), the frisceo, stuffed vegetables, the famous minestrone Genovese, trofie with pesto, green beans and potatoes, the Ligurian octopus, and at Easter, fresh broad beans with salami.
In summer, many attractions populate the promenade attracting hordes of screaming children, while in the town center; initiatives are designed to entertain tourists.