Things to do in Italy
 
Cinque Terre
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Recognized finally as a National Park in 1999 and UNESCO protected territory since 1997, the Cinque Terre (Five Lands) of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are 5 unique fishing villages on the ligurian coast.

The Cinque Terre offer a selection of walks and treks between the villages of varying degrees of difficulty. But if you are not up to some of the tougher walks, the Via dell'Amore or 'Lovers Way' between Riomaggiore and Manarola. However there is a train station for each of the villages and free shuttle buses (with purchase of any ticket to access the Cinque Terre national park).

The fame of the Cinque Terre is largely due to its products, the dry white wine, simply called 'Cinque Terre' and the 'Sciacchetrà', a prized dessert wine made from prime grapes dried to the point of holding only a few drops of sweet juice.

Portovenere
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Portovenere sits on a rocky peninsula on the Gulf of Poets, an area in the Gulf of La Spezia once popular with writers such as Byron, Shelley and DH Lawrence.

Portovenere's harbor is lined with brightly colored houses and narrow medieval streets lead up the hill to a castle. The main street of Portovenere, lined with shops, is entered through Portovenere's ancient city gate. There is a picturesque church on the promontory, once the site of a temple to Venus (Venere in Italian) from which Portovenere gets its name. Nearby is Byron's Cave in a rocky area leading to the sea where the poet Byron used to swim.

 
Lerici
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The origins of the town date back to the Etruscan period. In the Middle Ages the town came under Genovese control. After it had been sold to Lucca, it became involved in a series of conflicts between Genoa and Pisa, as it was on their common border. In 1479, the town came under Genovese sway for good.

One of the main sights of Lerici is its notorious castle controlling the entrance of the Gulf of La Spezia. Today the castle houses the Museum of Geopalaeontology, which was created after the discovery of prehistoric remains in the area.

Lerici has the nearest public beach to us, about 35 minutes away.

 
La Spezia
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It's a beautiful port city with sea that blends with the nearby mountains. A good overlap of sky, earth and water. The streets are full of bergamotto trees, and next to the beach there are really beautiful gardens with tropical plants, absolutely well maintained.

It is one of the major Italian military and commercial harbours. Next to the naval base is Museo Tecnico Navale, founded in 1870. It hosts a phalanx of polene (colourful busts or statuettes that graced the prows of vessels) and lots of model ships. The naval base itself only opens to the public for one day of the year on the 19th of March for the festival of the town's patron saint, Joseph.

 
Luni
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Luni is located at the border between Liguria and Tuscany, on the bank of the river Magra. Today, there are only ruins left of this ancient Italian town. The area was inhabited since the Paleolithic, but the town was funded at the beginning of the II century B.C. and was famous during the roman era for its port, from which ships left loaded with the marble from the Apuan Alps.

 
Genova
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Parma
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Bologna
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Factory Outlets
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