Re-opening of part of the “Via dell’Amore” trail

19 April 2015

On 2nd April 2015 was reopened the stretch of 300 meters of the “Via dell’Amore” that from the train station of Manarola reaches the Bar dell’Amore. It was closed 2,5 years ago due to the landslide in September of 2012 that caused the wounding of three Australian tourists.

The reopening has been allowed thanks to the safety jobs done on the stretch above the railway station of Manarola and financed by the Italian Railway Network and the Region of Liguria.

The heavy duty works consisted in the installation of very high rockfall barriers fixed with huge rods and the insertion of many nets of steel on the steep rocky slopes. The work was performed with the use of helicopters and highly-specialized personnel, as to say experts climbing with sturdy slings on steep slopes overlooking the sea. (more…)


The Palio del Golfo

1 March 2015

The "Palio del Golfo" of La Spezia, which takes place every year on the first Sunday in August in the waters along the promenade Morin, is a rowing race between 13 boats "type hulls", similar to typical Ligurian goiter, but handmade by local artisans with unique features that make them more agile and fast.

The "Palio" has its origins in the maritime culture of the people of the Gulf. The Palio was born as a challenge between boats’crews loaded with fish or the ancient so-called "black gold" of the Gulf of La Spezia as to say mussels. They were major challenges as the victory was not sporty but then allowed to download the fish in the dock before the others, so increasing the possibility of profit. (more…)