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Le Cinque Terre

 

They are certainly among the most visited places of the world tourism, they are located between Punta Mesco and Punta Montenenegro; five because they are five tiny sea-villages perched on the coast: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza e Monterosso.
In 1999 they were declared a UNESCO Human Heritage Site and together with Porto Venere, the isles of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto they are part of the National Park of Cinque Terre which was set up to protect and safeguard the ecological balance and the anthropological local values.

Portofino and Santa Margherita

 

Portofino, is a picturesque sea- village near Genoa, more precisely on the western coast of the Tigullio gulf. It is the ideal destination for the most exclusive tourism. Many VIP from the show-business or from the world cultural and entrepreneurial milieu use to meet here. Santa Margherita Ligure is another marvelous sea-town always in the Tigullio gulf, you pass through it when going to Portofino; it has a very nice water-front, a harbour and of course, many restaurants and shops. The castle (XVI cent.) and the basilica of Santa Margherita deserve to be visited. It is also the perfect starting point for many excursions.


Lerici, Tellaro and Montemarcello

 

Lerici is at the opposite extremity of the Poet's Gulf. It faces a natural bay dominated by the outstanding Castel built in 1443 and nowadays a museum In the nearby there are several interesting and charming little sea-villages; San Terenzo, Tellaro e La Serra. At the far end and at the highest part of the hills behind Lerici there is the amazing village of Montemarcello which is classified among the most beautiful Italian villages. Once there, you have the most breathless view of the entire gulf, it is really something not to be missed especially at sunset!!

 

The town of Sarzana

 

At short distance from Lerici there is the town of Sarzana, ancient medieval centre, very important for its strategic crossroad for transports from Liguria, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna.Since ancient time it has been an important agricultural trade centre and during the middle age it became an important juridical and religious centre because of the Diocese and of the Court of Justice. In summer it hosts relevant national events such as "La Soffitta nella Strada" ,antique market for collectors, or the "Festival della Mente" where every year the best names of the world and national culture are invited.

 

THE VERSILIA

 

Along the western coast of Tuscany there is the Versilia, well-known for its exclusive tourism, boutiques, beautiful beaches, restaurants and discos. Towns like Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta and Viareggio are very assiduously visited places where you never get bored.


 

SPORTS

 

Sports and sports enthusiasts in this area will not have time to get bored: 500 meters from Villa Argia there is a synthetic grass tennis court open from 10 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 9 pm.

Those who prefer playing golf, they may choose; Forte dei Marmi (40km), Lerici (30km), or Rapallo near Portofino(80km) , Sarzana ( 25 km ) with two driving range.