Chiavari, exactly halfway between Genoa and La Spezia, is the best choice for those who want to discover the beauty of the Italian Riviera. Nestled in the Gulf of Tigullio, our town presents itself as a good starting point for visits from Portofino to Pisa, to Cinque Terre and the Ligurian hinterland medieval villages.
There are many treasures that the city offers to those who go into its charming alleys (Carruggi) overlooked by elegant boutiques, typical shops and artisans of ancient memory overlook it.
You don't miss the botanical garden of Palazzo Rocca in the heart of the town, a visit to the Cathedral Nostra Signora dell'Orto and the antique market (the second week of each month). Athletes can find, in Chiavari, tennis courts, swimming pools and diving excursions and, a few kilometers away, a beautiful 18 holes golf course.
During your stay at Hotel Santa Maria, excursions in neighboring cities of interest may be recommended, such as Portofino, with the Brown Castle, the square, shops, VIP people; the Cervara abbey with its cloister and the church of San Girolamo that conserve all the discreet fascination of a place which speak with the silence of meditation and sounds of the nature; a shelter for the heart, able to evocate deep passions and intensive emotions.
You can reach San Fruttuoso by boat to visit the abbey (accessible only from the sea or on foot) and to admire the Christ of the Abyss, Zoagli and its silk manufactories where, for more than a century, are produced smooth velvets and silk jacquard famous all over the world. As then, the machines used are ancient wooden looms among which we can find the last two in the world in the texture of true silk velvet in Genoa.
Chiavari is a great starting point for trips to Camogli, a fishing village that has managed to make attractive and appealing its century-old history; Recco, you cannot go in Liguria without tasting the authentic focaccia col formaggio (cheese focaccia) and the classical one. Genoa, the Aquarium, the biggest historical center in Europe, and much more.
Moving to Tuscany, finally, you can reach the Valley of Luni and the Golfo dei Poeti (Gulf of Poets), Pisa and Lucca for an unforgettable trip.