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A Little Bit of Warming Winter Sun
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A Little Bit of Warming Winter Sun

The winter in Liguria always reminds me of an older age of tourism; the period when the very first tourists discovered the delights of Italy’s Riviera. Although the summer is now the main season for travel, Liguria’s first Northern European fans tended to come for the winter sun, when the weather in their native countries […]

Fabrizio De André’s Genoa
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Fabrizio De André’s Genoa

No classic tourist guide trip. No app to hand. To relive the spirit of Fabrizio De André’s city, the ‘authentic’ Genoa of Genoese like him, I got caught up in places, smells and tastes which have traces of the notes of his songs. Not by chance “At every bump on the road you pass, at […]

Bordighera and Dolceacqua, on the trail of Monet
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Bordighera and Dolceacqua, on the trail of Monet

‘Everything is wonderful and everyday the countryside is more beautiful and I am bewitched by the town. Here everything is beautiful and the weather is superb’, wrote Claude Monet in 1884 to his friend and Parisian gallery owner Durand-Ruel. Monet was in Bordighera, where he arrived the 18th January and left the 3rd April. He […]

Genoa mysteries
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Genoa mysteries

The historic centre is an expanse of roofs, towers and homes. Behind every door there are hundreds of stories. If telling the stories of the city meant just memories, legends which are passed down, coincidences and presences, shadows rather than light, the history of Genoa would no longer be the same, but believe it or […]

In the Genoa of the “fin de siècle”
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In the Genoa of the “fin de siècle”

Genoa is a city to pluck the petals from, like a rose which, petal after petal, reveals surprising aspects: true architectural gems which pass by our eyes nearly unnoticed. In Genoa you can find many examples of palaces and decorations in the Liberty and Art nouveau styles, but few know that the Coppedè brothers built […]

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