As I said in one of my previous articles, in 2021 we need to spend more time in nature, reconnect with mother earth: with the mountains, the sea, the beautiful sky, the amazing water.
This year, I hope the COVID measures will allow us to do more hiking and rediscover beautiful hidden gems, even near home.
I was reading the other day that influencers are out of travel destinations for their Instagram and Youtube accounts. They have already photographed every famous luxury place on the planet (lol).
Dear ones, have you discovered Northern Italy yet?
It is not necessarily about luxury places where you pay more than 1000 $ by night (even though you might do that in Portofino).
It's about stunning landscapes with countless corners to photograph and share with your followers.
Even now in winter, the weather has been often sunny, so if it is possible for you (I mean COVID restrictions), northern Italy (Liguria region) is the perfect destination in 2021!
So, in case you are looking for a not too expensive trip that will reconnect you with nature, splendid landscapes, culture, art, architecture, history, fantastic cuisine — Liguria might be right for you.
In history, lots of famous personalities, writers, and people of culture were visiting these places, thanks to a warmer climate (in winter, it is about 12–18 C°).
And also to discover a different culture and lifestyle.
But let me introduce you to a few of this region’s charms.
This is one of Italy’s regions with the best seawater from the country.
Every year, the place where I live receives a “Bandiera blu”- a blue flag for extremely clean water.
It is truly splendid, from June to October. The watercolor gets from blue to wonderful green, you can fish, boat trips, Scooba diving…
This is perfect for families, teenagers who want to go on an adventurous trip, young married couples, old couples, and the list can go on…
If you are a traveling connoisseur or just starting your travel adventure, Liguria is absolute perfection and one of the best tourist places on earth… in my opinion.
What makes it so special to me, is the fact that the seaside with fine sand or rocks meets green hills and forests, where you can go hiking on many paths.
So it’s not just about the seaside.
It’s where the sea meets the mountain and the hill.
The blue of the water harmoniously meets the green of the pines and the olive trees.
I must mention one more thing: these places have a very low rate of pollution.
Fresh air good for cleaning your lungs from the city air, maybe it is your case.
2. Wonderful places to discover, between Art, Architecture, Culture & History
Portovenere and Lerici are places where famous poets had second houses or did longer trips: like Byron, Shelley, Keats, and many many other writers and important personalities in history.
The famous painter Pablo Picasso had Ligurian origins — in fact, from time to time there are exhibitions of his paintings.
Genova is one of the oldest and biggest city-harbors in Italy, with many museums to discover, like the Palazzo Reale, several museums, theatres, opera Carlo Felice, and mostly: the house where Cristopher Columbus was born — the great explorer and navigator who completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean, opening the way for European exploration and colonization of the Americas.
It also has an amazing Aquarium where you can find more about the history of geographical discoveries, and see lots of species from all over the world (and penguins). A great attraction for children, I’m thinking.
3. Amazing Sunsets
This is a personal impression, but look at this sunset from the little town of Sestri Levante, and you’ll understand what I mean.
In January and February, the sun sets into the sea, giving birth to splendid images, that I think would contribute to amazing photos.
It is truly beautiful to walk or sit by the seaside, with this gorgeous landscape in front of you, and finally feel at peace with yourself.
Meditation, mindfulness, prayer, yoga — everything is most suitable in this sun-kissed landscape.
4. Food & Drinks
Liguria is also a culinary discovery.
There are plenty of restaurants mainly based on offering seafood.
All the dishes are delicious but do not expect low prices, as people here live mainly thanks to tourists, so they do not lose opportunities to get high prices for the services they are offering if it’s food, hotels, boat trips, or anything else.
The Italian wines are famous, and in Cinque Terre, you will find the specific “Sciacchetrà,” which is a sweet wine, very expensive but totally worth it.
There are also sweet delicious liquors made of lemons, like the famous “limoncello”, and many others.
Must I still mention the focaccia, the pizza, the pasta, and the gelato?
Yes, this region is indeed ideal for a good vacation with unforgettable memories.
5. Total relax
In case you do not want a chaotic vacation with lots of things to do and places to visit, the best is to simply relax on the beach with a nice book and a glass of something fresh.
It’s as simple as that.
Leave all your worries behind in total relaxation, with the sun caressing your skin and the relaxing blue and green waves. They act as a massage and they have healing powers to your entire body.
6. Splendid pictures for your Instagram/ business
In case you are an influencer, YouTuber and you base your activity/business on social media and sharing parts of your life online, a Ligurian vacation is what you need to share with your followers.
Places like Portofino, Santa Margherita, and Cinque Terre are already famous for their specific landscapes, so why not show them to your audience?
They are some of the most beautiful places in the world, and the touristic services here are impeccable.
To live all your life in Italy might be a little tricky if you are an outsider, but to come here as a tourist is a gorgeous experience, as long as you pay.
So now that I have said all that… anyone interested in how is life in Italy by the seaside, not as a tourist but as “permanently living here”?
Leave it in the comments below.