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...Varazze is the sea, traditions, nature, culture, and outdoor sport all year long.
Our town is positioned right along the Ligury Gulf, in the heart of the Palm Riviera, and greets visitors with the colours and flavours typical of a seaside resort. Blue waters, the warm, bright colours of the beaches, green hills, woods, basilico, and the aromatic herbs such as timo, salvia, maggiorana that flavour our traditional Ligurian dishes. The choice to add a personal touch by naming our holiday flats after the typical herbs of the area is no accident. It is our way of giving our guests a friendly welcome, and introducing them to the panorama of Riviera flavours”.
...After centuries of shipbuilding, in 1997 the first “bathing beach” dedicated to Queen Margherita was inaugurated. Over the next few decades, Varazze would become one of the best-known seaside towns in Ligury. To take a peek into Varazze’s history and our traditions, please visit our the website and historical archive available at “www.varagine.it. Our coast’s gulf, viewed from the sea, framed by Mount Beigua and the surrounding hills, is just breathtaking. If you come to Varazze, take a moment to view the panorama whilst you take a dip or walk along the shore. (Some photos on our website were shot from a fishing boat near the shore).
...a fantastic, completely flat path meandering through Mediterranean brush, overlooking the sea. The path is reserved to bikes and foot traffic. Visitors departing from the historic centre of Varazze walk an approximately 5 km itinerary to reach nearby Cogoleto. This portion of the coast is part of the Beigua Geopark, a coastal park. The Boardwalk of Europe is the ideal spot for snorkelling, Nordic walking, fishing, jogging, and strolling.
...With its 800 boat docks, it is amongst the most important and well-equipped tourist ports along the Ligurian Riviera. Tourists enjoy a wide array of leisure, sport, and boat-excursion options.
...in the city's pedestrian-only historical centre, along the high streets and the movida, if you look up above the storefronts, you might spy a corner featuring an aedicule with ex-voto Madonnas in the niches of the historic fishing-family houses. Historical-centre buildings are frescoed with the pastel colours typical of historic Ligurian houses. Many houses are decorated using trompe d'oeil and featuring surprising details. Strolling through the historic centre’s narrow passalviaways, one can conjure scenes of everyday life and traditional trades, and uncover the history and legends of these seaside resorts.
...The original medieval walls, which once formed the stone perimeter of the ancient town of Varagine, are still visible in the city centre, but one can find vestiges of the area's multi-century history along the sea and in the surrounding hills, as well. Strolling along these paths, one can walk along a road from the megalithic period, and view remnants of the neolithic period, as well as ancient bridges.
More inland, a number of relics along with an ancient Hermitage are still open for view to the public, and may be booked for conferences. The churches and oratories are managed by the local fraternal organisations; thanks to them, popular traditions are kept alive, and votive processions take place throughout the year.
...The processional bust of St Bartholomew and the formidable crucifix housed in the Church of St Bartholomew, the wooden statue of St Catherine (patron saint of Varazze), likewise the work of renowned sculptor Anton Maria Maragliano, located inside the Parish of Sant’Ambrogio.
...The Oratory of St Joseph, next to the Duomo, with miniature ship models (ex voto donations) and its renowned crucifix, the Romanesque bell tower dating back to the 18th Century, which rises up above the town centre, the ancient city walls and the Oratory of Our Lady of the Assumption (visible from the “lavanda” two-bedroom flat's balcony's), the St Catherine of Siena chapel, entirely covered in frescoes, the historic Villa Cilea, which unfortunately is more or less inaccessible to the public.
As a tribute to the famous composer, over the summer months, the “City of Varazze Francesco Cilea Prize” is awarded. A high-profile artistic event for the lyric-music world, with concerts in the Piazza del Duomo, which comes to life as an open-air theatre.
The Beato Jacopo da Varagine building, once the town hall and now the information point for the Beigua Geopark, hosts exhibits and gallery shows, and is located in the very heart of the city, just a few minutes’ walk from LillyBi...but there's so much more to be found in our little town... We can't wait to welcome you to explore Varazze and the surrounding area.
...ponds, hidden waterfalls, fields overlooking the sea, day-trips and hikes, bike-riding and horseback excursions, and places to visit by car or coach. Thrill-seekers can paraglide directly onto the beach (a seasonal adventure!).
For a break from the beach, the woods surrounding Varazze offer the shade of chestnuts, beech trees, sea-pines and olives for you and your little ones. We would be happy to make day-trip and excursion recommendations.
The beauty of inland Ligury - Varazze in particular - is being able to travel from the sea to the hills to the Apennines in just a few minutes.
Discover inland Ligury - surprises abound! To see the sea from the mountains, visit Beigua Park (1,287 metres). www.parcobeigua.it.
From the peak of Mount Beigua, enjoy a breathtaking view of the Alps, and all the way to Corsica. The entire Ligurian coastline stretches before you. After that - why not? - take a moment to sample the delicacies of the city's small surrounding towns. For a list of addresses and maps, click on the “Itinerary” tab on our site (under construction - check back soon!).
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