Monterosso pescatori

The anchovies of Monterosso

Posted on 22 April 2019, in Actuality

In the heart of the Cinque Terre National Park, the charming village of Monterosso, preserves the ancient tradition of anchovy fishing to provide ambrosia sought after by top chefs.

In Monterosso the fisherman catch a particular species of anchovy with a bright slivery belly and flanks and a bluish-black back. After a long journey this anchovy reaches eastern Liguria in the month of June, and the local fisherman knows that Saint John’s feast day is when the best catches are made.

The anchovies of Monterosso have a particular balanced flavor, neither too bland nor too strong.

Once known as “bread of the sea”, the anchovy is a leading ingredient of many Ligurian recipes: salted, in lemon, in oil, stuffed, baked, marinated or simply deep fried.  

Fishing as long been one of the Monterosso’s chief sources of income: the precious catches used to be sold fresh locally with part put away by preserving in salt. Salting, very ancient technique that dates back to the 12th century, was traditionally a job for the women of the village. (more…)


The Via Francigena: walking in the history

Posted on 16 December 2018, in Blog

The Via Francigena, the medieval artery linking Northern Europe with Italy, was one of the most important historical European routes of religious faith and was traveled by thousands of pilgrims who, driven by great spiritual motivations, set out on their journey to Rome, the center of Christianity.
In those days people used to travel on foot or on the back of a mule or a horse, among a thousand difficulties, dangers, privations, winding roads which were rarely paved, with steep gradients near the passes.
Today the tourist-hiker who travels these paths, can stop in beautiful medieval villages and count on hospitable stage-places, similar to the hospices that at the time gave shelter to travelers after a hard day's march. (more…)


The path n. 508: from Vernazza to Reggio

Posted on 25 October 2018, in Blog

The path 508 is a historic muletrack of the Cinque Terre that connects the beautiful village of Vernazza to the hamlets scattered on the heights, even beyond the ridge, but above all it joins them all to the beloved Sanctuary of Reggio.
The route, about 2 km, starts from the railway station of Vernazza and passes through the road that connects the village to the cemetery, where a majesty (votive shrine) indicates the beginning of the trail to the Sanctuary.

Along the way you can admire the stations of the Via Crucis, consisting of marble bas-reliefs set in pretty niches or set in the dry stone walls that support the famous agricultural terraces of the Cinque Terre National Park.

The climb softens near the Shrine of Our Lady of Reggio at 317 meters above sea level, in the middle of a shady square where monumental plants stand out.
A cypress leaning against the sacred building is on the list of the "monumental trees" of Liguria made by the State Forestry Corps; more than 800 years are attributed to it, making it the oldest tree in the whole region. (more…)


Portovenere: splendid pearl on the sea!

Posted on 13 May 2018, in Actuality

Portovenere is a beautiful fishing village, located at the western end of the Gulf of La Spezia, founded on a promontory between Palmaria island and the jagged and steep cliff overlooking the Cinque Terre National Park.

Its origins are millenary, since it already existed at the time of the Roman colonization of the city of Luni and was an important maritime station in the routes of Roman ships to Gaul and Iberia, so much so that in 161 A.C. appears in the maritime itinerary of the emperor Antonino Augusto.

It lives its maximum splendor during the dominion of the Republic of Genoa, of which it became a colony from the year 1113 for about 700 years and its evidence are the admirable gateway to the historic center, the church of San Lorenzo, the church of San Pietro and the Doria castle.

The most fascinating part of the village is composed of characteristic tower-houses with different and sparkling colors, lined up along the promenade, placed to protect the long internal pedestrian street, called "U Carugiu" in Ligurian dialect, which horizontally cuts the village until it ends on the pavement of the steep cliff where stands the splendid church of San Pietro. (more…)


Montereggio: a village of booksellers and publishers

Posted on 14 January 2018, in Blog

Montereggio is a small village of medieval origin, located in Lunigiana and more precisely in the municipality of Mulazzo,  province of Massa Carrara, perched on a hill, in a strategic position as it is located near the Passo dei Casoni that connects the Val di Magra to the Val di Vara, to the via Francigena and to the Ligurian Sea. The strategic importance of this place is evidenced by its representation in the gallery of maps of the Vatican Museums.

In the main square of the village stands the Palazzo dei Marchesi Malaspina, testimony of the noble family of Massa who dominated the fief of Mulazzo and the entire Lunigiana for centuries.
But the fame of Montereggio is due to its inhabitants who, since the first half of 1800, with the arrival of spring, left the family with baskets full of books, heading on foot the northern-center cities; they soon realized that in those places the paddler of books could be the gateway to a better life. (more…)


From Lerici to Bocca di Magra with the Liguria Trail (SL)

Posted on 22 November 2017, in Blog

The path goes across the protected area of ​​Montemarcello-Magra-Vara, the easternmost of Liguria, rising halfway up the hills that stand on the Gulf of Poets.
It begins by visiting the historic center of Lerici, a seaside village that closes the Gulf of La Spezia to the east, crossing the original nucleus around the Castle, to the junction for Maralunga; continue here to Tellaro for a few tens of meters, grafting on path no. 433 with Serra direction. From here you can admire the spectacular and uncontaminated stretch of coastline that divides Lerici from Tellaro.
Once you reach the Serra, the path enters the historic center of the small hamlet, then continues gently halfway through the olive groves where you encounter numerous deviations to go down to visit the village of Tellaro. From here you have the most beautiful view of the whole Gulf of Poets, with the promontory of Portovenere and the islands of  Palmaria,  Tino and Tinetto set between sky and sea. (more…)


The island of Palmaria

Posted on 15 August 2017, in Actuality

The Palmaria island falls into the municipal territory of Portovenere, as are the sisters Tino and Tinetto, the sentry of the Gulf of La Spezia on the west side.
It extends for about 2 square miles and represents an important naturalistic oasis, as well as being rich in testimonies of military architecture and even of prehistoric traces.
In one of its overhanging walls on the open sea towards Punta Dante, the Grotta dei Colombi is considered the home of the first inhabitants of the Gulf of La Spezia; The famous geologist and paleontologist Giovanni Capellini, senator of the Kingdom of Italy, explored it in 1869, finding human and animal bones, weapons, fragments of crude clay pots, shells and perforated teeth, hypothesizing that that primitive man lived hunting and fishing, and used to dress up with pendants and necklaces.
The island is rich in vegetation and has a thick Mediterranean scrub, including a rare variety of juniper and Centaurea veneris, known as the Fiordaliso of Portovenere, which grows on the most impervious cliffs of Mount Muzzerone and the islands, even on the overhanging walls for sport climbing. (more…)


Sciacchetrail 2017 – Third Edition

Posted on 23 March 2017, in Blog

On April 2nd will be held the third edition of the Sciacchetrail, which sees the village of Monterosso point of  arrival and departure. The running race will be along the wild trails of Cinque Terre and it is dedicated to the sweet wine symbol of this area: the Sciacchetrà.
Each year the competition coincides with the opening of the tourist season, since the race summarizes the wine culture, the beauty of the landscape and the ability to welcome visitors.

The route will be 47 km long with a vertical drop of 2,600 meters, passing almost entirely along the mythical dirt paths of Cinque Terre with an amazing sea-view and through villages, shrines, scrub forests, lemon groves, vineyards and terraced olive groves contained with dry-stone walls. This year will be part of the competition 3 American runners of the highest level, icons of the ultra-running: Sally McRae, Jenn Shelton and Connie Gardner. (more…)