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Why choose Liguria?
Accessible, unspoilt and an attractive investment, there are lots of reasons to consider buying property in Liguria. Drive along the French Riviera, through Monte Carlo and into Italy and you will arrive in Liguria. Since the 18th century it has been a popular destination, known as the Italian Riviera dei Fiori (The Riviera of Flowers), it is famed for its 300 km of coastline, beautiful beaches, picturesque little towns, local colourful outdoor markets and wonderful food. Liguria borders France to the west, Piedmont to the north, and Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany to the east. The region is a narrow strip of land, enclosed between the sea and the Alps, a crescent shaped region from Ventimiglia in the west to La Spezia in the east, it is also one of the smallest regions in Italy.Map showing Liguria in Italy

Property market in Liguria
Liguria is a region of contrasts. There is a mix of beautiful villas, charming farm houses and architecturally stunning seaside apartments. The Liguria property market has seen an extraordinary growth in recent years with both Italians and non Italians buying holiday homes and permanent residences.

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Reasons to buy property in Liguria


Property Market in LiguriaLocation, location, location


Liguria is enviably blessed in its location, climate and geography. In addition to being one of the most visited regions in Italy, the temperate climate has made it a very popular spot for retirees and second-home-owners. Liguria is a cosmopolitan place, elegant yet relaxed, with none of the aloofness of the nearby Cote d'Azur. And thanks to its long status as a holiday-haven, it enjoys an excellent transport infrastructure and easy access, the closest airports are Nice, Genova and Pisa.

Property Market in Airole

What can I buy within my budget ?

For less than 100,000 Euros...
The hinterland behind western Liguria’s golden beaches should probably be your prime target. Here you can find habitable one-bedroom village apartments for €65,000 or two-bedroom versions for €95,000. If you wish to restore, this is probably the best area to look for a rustic house with land which can be had for as little as €50,000 in places such as Airole.

Liguria sea viewFor less than 200,000 Euros...
Between €100,000 and €200,000 you will find lots of appealing options in Liguria. Most of these options are, again, in the hilly hinterland of the western coast, but you can also find the occasional rustico to restore in the hills of Liguria’s eastern half, or indeed pick up a one-bedroom apartment in a large western seaside resort like Sanremo or Ventimigia.

 

 

For less than 400,000 Euros...
Between 200,000 and €400,000, there are one and two bedroom apartments in long-established seaside resorts like Bordighera and Ospedaletti, these rent out for €800 per week during the high season. There are also country houses in various states of repair near eastern coastal towns like La Spezia or townhouses in the eastern hinterland. One and two bedroom apartments in Lérici tend to go for between €200,000 and €400,000. In the western hinterland two and three bedroom stone farmhouses less than ten miles from the sea and nicely positioned for panoramic views can be had for the same price.

Roja Valley Apartments
Roja Valley ApartmentsIf you are looking for something very special, then consider proeprty around Airole, a beautful well-kept village along the Roja Valley. Realpoint can offer apartments in a converted customs house from only 149,000 Euros, including swmming pool, gardens and stream with a beach - simply idyllic.

The Old Customs House building, from which the Roja Valley Apartments have been created, is of typical Italian construction-stucco covered stone, under a red pantile roof. Balconies and windows in complementary style have been added for comfort and ease, and add to the visual aesthetics.

The building is situated in the floor of the River Roja Valley on level ground, surrounded by densely-wooded, steeply-sloping hills.

For up to 800,000 Euros...
From €400,000 to €800,000, you can begin looking for apartments in the western beach resorts, and at smaller properties in various places along the eastern coast. A two bed apartment in lovely Portovénere is around €440,000, or a three-bed townhouse for €550,000.

And over 1 million Euros...
If you want to spend a million euros or more, Liguria has plenty of delicious villas in delightful settings to tempt you. This region excels in buildings which are beautifully designed both inside and out.
Many of these are off-market so contact us so that we can offer a selection of suitable properties.

 

Areas of Liguria

Western Liguria
This corner of Liguria has all the advantages of being close to the French border. There are abundant sandy beaches overlooked by family friendly resort towns – often with lively attractive 19th century architecture. The climate is exceptionally gentle, with flower-growing being a big local business, and flowers blooming even in February. Ventimiglia, Finale Ligure, Bordighera and Ospedaletti are venerable old resorts in this area, but the best known town is probably Sanremo – with its labyrinthine old lanes, casino, daily flower market and designer shopping bargains. Set on a large sheltered bay backed by an amphitheatre of hills, property prices in Sanremo are high but bargains can be picked up in the hilly hinterland dotted with picturesque villages and affordable property prices here have encouraged a lot of second homers. While not quite as reliable as the coastal resorts, there are fairly good rental prospects in the western hinterland, and a great lifestyle on offer.

Western Liguria

Imperia to Genova
This stretch of Liguria’s coast is not as well known but has a string of family-oriented resorts on sandy beaches which are very popular with Italians and other nationalities. The majority of Liguria’s least expensive seaside property lies in this central western part, and two and three-bedroom homes represent particularly good value here. Inland, the terrain of Liguria’s central western area quickly climbs to leafy heights, cut through with winding mountain roads and sprinkled with charming little hill towns and villages. As everywhere in the region, property prices drop as you move away from the coast.

Genova is still Italy’s largest port and has thrived on seaborne trade for 1,500 years. It’s a very lively and colourful city, not overlarge at just 600,000 inhabitants. Its gloriously eclectic architecture jumbles up and down steep hillsides – glossy boutiques flanking Art Nouveau villas nestling beside Renaissance palaces rubbing up against medieval tenements.

Portofino
East of Genoa, Liguria’s coastline is much steeper and rockier than in the west. Tiny cliff-bound coves sit at the feet of leafy slopes dotted with colourful villas. Visitors come in their hundreds of thousands to wander secluded inlets and steep footpaths, admiring the vivid blue and turquoise sea, the tall cliffs sprouting evergreens, the fruit-coloured houses and the white luxury yachts.

PortofinoThe Portofino area is especially desirable, with some astronomical property costs. Prices in dainty Portofino are prohibitive to most, but Santa Margherita Ligure and Rapallo are larger and slightly less exclusive places to consider if you want to buy on this mini-peninsula.

East of Monte di Portofino, Chiávari and Lavagna each have a good stretch of sand, while cheery Sestri Levante has two, and a stunning central boulevard. Inland from here, green slopes and villages abound. An especially charming spot is Varese Ligure, a medieval market town with arcaded streets. Lower prices and good roads to the sea make the inland east an attractive proposition.

La Spezia and the Cinque Terre
La Spezia is a pleasant enough place but its stunning neighbours are what draw the attention down to this part of Liguria. People come primarily for the Cinque Terre – five cliff-bound villages formerly accessible only by boat, where terraces have been carved into the near-vertical landscape to hold brightly-painted homes and endless grapevines. There are few bargains to be had in these five semi-accessible and much-sought-after locations, but superb rental returns await anyone able to secure a place.

Elsewhere in Liguria’s extreme east are beautiful Portovénere with its pink and yellow tower-houses staring serenely over the water, and swish Lérici with its castle, beaches and marina. Both towns are almost as popular as the Cinque Terre. Bargain-hunters should definitely look inland, where prices start tumbling even just a short distance from the sea.

Beaches in Liguria

Beach VentimigliaDiano Marina beach has fine golden sand and depths are suitable for children low. The beach is equipped and there are facilities such as playground, swimming pools and babysitting.

Riva Ligure is in the province of Imperia. Black sandy beach where the sea is transparent and the background is low and stony.

Sanremo and is loved for the fine sand and its crescent shape that allows you to enjoy a unique view from the promontory to the cypresses of Bussana Aregai. Free and equipped beaches it is a destination for families, but also reserves of quiet corners in which to engage in a spot of peaceful sunbathing.

The Tre Ponti beach of Sanremo is a favorite for young people. Just steps from the bike path and stretches of cliff and beach. Served by bars and clubs and the stretch to the east due to the prevailing winds has become a spot frequented by surfers.

Balzi Rossi is a few miles from Ventimiglia and is known for its pebble beach The sea is blue and turquoise and very popular with divers and is within an archaeological area.

History

Liguria knew the presence of Man in very ancient times. Traces of Neanderthal Man were discovered in the settlements of the Ligurians (Ligures), which date back to the first millennium B.C.

During the first Punic War the ancient Ligurians were divided, some of them siding with Carthage and a minority with Rome, whose allies included the future Genoese. After the Roman conquest of the region, Liguria, was created in the reign of Emperor Augustus. The great Roman roads (Aurelia and Julia Augusta on the coast, Postumia and Aemilia Scauri towards the inland) helped strengthen the territorial unity and increase exchanges and trade. Important towns developed on the coast, of which evidences are left in the ruins of Albenga, Ventimiglia and Luni.

Between the 4th and the 10th centuries Liguria was dominated by the Byzantines, the Lombards and the Franks and it was invaded by the Saracens In the 11th and 12th centuries the main Ligurian towns, especially on the coast, became city-states, over which Genoa soon became dominant.

Between the 11th century (when the Genoese ships played a major role in the first crusade, carrying knights and troops to the Middle-East for a fee) and the 15th century the Republic of Genoa experienced an extraordinary political and commercial success (mainly spice trades with the Orient) and it was the most powerful maritime republic in the Mediterranean from the 12th to the 14th century, In spite of its military and commercial successes, Genoa fell prey to the internal factions which put pressure on its political structure.

The 18th century saw France restore influence over the republic. Napoleon’s first Italy campaign marked the end of the secular republic and was transformed into Ligurian Republic, according to the model of the French Republic. After a short period of independence in 1814, the Congress of Vienna (1815) decided that Liguria should be annexed to the kingdom of Sardinia. The Genoese uprising against the House of Savoy in 1821, which was put down with great bloodshed, aroused the population’s national sentiments. Some of the most prestigious figures of the Risorgimento were born in Liguria (Mazzini, Garibaldi, Mameli, Bixio).

In the first years of the 20th century the region’s economic growth was remarkable: a lot of industries flourished from Imperia to La Spezia. During the World War Two Liguria experienced hunger and two years of occupation by the German troops, against whom a liberation struggle was led among the most effective in Italy, when allied troops finally reached it they were welcomed by partisans which, in a successful insurrection, had freed the city and accepted the surrender of the local German command. For this feat the city was awarded the gold medal for military valour

Food & Wine

Ligurian PestoLiguria is famed for being the home of pesto, the delicious basil, pine nut, oil and garlic paste that flavours so many Italian dishes. With so much coastline it’s unsurprising that fresh fish and seafood form the central ingredients of the ‘cucina profumata’ (fragrant food) that typifies this Italian region.

Among the specialities you will find are spaghetti alle vongole, sea bass and sea bream and wonderful grilled sword fish. Chickpea flatbread (farinata) and focaccia bread are also served. Extra virgin olive oil from the region is regarded by many to be the finest in Italy.


While the majority of wines produced in Piedmont and Tuscany are full-bodied red, Liguria specializes and excels in delicate white wines: Vermentino , Sciacchetrà and Pigato are some fine examples that complement the delicate and zesty local cuisine which features a variety of seafood, mushrooms, aromatic herbs, walnuts, pastas and baked dishes.

People

Liguria had very important people both in ancient and modern times. It would be very hard to speak about them all and so we just like to highlight some of them. Christopher Columbus is surely the most famous There was also Andrea Doria the powerful Admiral of the Republic, a member of one of the ancient families whhich still has important descendants in Genoa nowadays. Giuseppe Garibaldi and Giuseppe Mazzini, architects of the unification of Italy, Goffredo Mameli the author of the national anthem and Nicolò Paganini the most famous violinist of all times. We cannot forget other famous non Italians who have taken Liguria to their hearts: Ezra Pound, Lord Byron, Shelley and Ernest Hemingway all loved Liguria and the Golfo dei Poeti takes it name from Byron and Shelly’s sojourn in the region.

National Parks & Nature Reserves

The Cinque Terre National Park
This UNESCO world heritage site in the province of La Spezia covers all five Cinque Terre villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. There is a host of walking trails that link one village to the next. The route from Riomaggiore to Manarola is known as "Lover's Lane" (Via dell'Amore) due to the particularly scenic nature of the coastline. The park also offers cycling and horse riding opportunities.

The Marine Protected Area of Portofino
The Marine Protected Area (Area Marina Protetta di Portofino) is an ecologically protected area which includes the municipalities of Camogli, Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure. The area is particularly good for sport fishing, diving, yachting and swimming, although there are strong sea currents in this area. There is a very rich and diverse fauna along this coast.

Riserva Naturale Regionale di Rio Torsero
This regional nature reserve close to Ceriale, is famous amongst palaeontologists for the abundance and variety of its fossils. The reserve is home to a museum where these finds can be examined. Trails in the park include the 10 Km Ceriale to Poggio Grande route, taking in areas of natural beauty that are equally interesting from a historic point of view.

Alta Via Dei Monti Liguri
This is a 400 Km excursion route linking Ventimiglia and La Spezia. Paths are well marked out with red and white markers and routes can take from a few hours to several days to traverse. The scenery changes dramatically along the way and there are marvellous views over Corsica and the Alps.

Sports that can be practised in the park include hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, climbing and paragliding.

Outdoor Sports in Liguria

Golf
Liguria is well equipped for golf enthusiasts of all levels, with a total of five courses across the four provinces. Golf was initially played in Italy in 1903 and there is now an Italian Golf Federation with a branch in Liguria. One of the best courses being the Sanremo course, there are other courses located in Lerici, Rapallo and Garlenda.

Cycling
Cycle in LiguriaThe Sanremo cycling rally was formerly a mixed surface event (tarmac and gravel), the rally is now an all-tarmac event and takes place around the mountains. Sanremo is the finish of the classic Milan-Sanremo cycle race (294 km), one of the five 'Monuments' of the cycling season. The Milan-San Remo is a classic cycling race while the 'Classic' San Remo Rally races through the Ligurian and Tuscan Alps in May.

Experienced mountain bikers may wish to ride along the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri, although it must be remembered that these routes are primarily designed for walkers so paths are not ideally suited to mountain bikers. Bike riders are asked to limit their speed and never to leave the marked trails.

To reserve bike excursions in the Cinque Terre national park, go to the information office in any of the five villages.

Liguria’s Cycle Path
A spectacular new cycle - pedestrian path now hugs the picturesque Ligurian coast between Tuscany and the French Riveira. It is the perfect way to explore the quaint fishing villages and glamourous town of San Remo.. The first 24kms from Ospedaletti via San Remo to San Lorenzo al Mare, offers an exhilarating Riviera break for cycling fans, families or walkers.
74km of cycle paths provide magnificent coastal views as well as to food trails in the hills. The current path already provides access to 5kms of previously unreachable beaches and a vast Marine Park, which acts as a whale sanctuary.

Skiing

Ski in LiguriaThe closest skiing is in Limone in Piemonte at an altitude of approximately 2,050 metres. Although you can enjoy skiing in both the French and Italian alps which are slightly further. Limone has:
• 29 Lifts - highest lift: 2,050m (6,725ft), lowest lift: 1,032m (3,386ft)
• 46 Slopes cater for beginner, intermediate and expert
• Total piste length: 90 Km
• Cross-country: 9 Km piste
• Ice rink and paragliding, snowboarding

 

Sailing
Sailing in LiguriaOver three hundred kilometers of the Ligurian coast present a wide range of ports and docks equipped for recreational sailing.

 

 

Events and Festivals

The Sanremo Music Festival
The Ariston Theater hosts the celebrate annual Sanremo Music Festival, a very popular song contest held in the city since 1951. This festival inspired the Eurovision Song Contest, which started in 1956, and for years the Sanremo festival selected the Italian entry. The internationally notable song "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu", also known as "Volare", was performed at this festival for the first time by Domenico Modugno in 1958. The festival is so popular amongst Italians that it is often referred to simply as "Il Festival" (The Festival).

Other Events
Other events include the Tenco Prize (autumn), a song contest for authors dedicated to the memory of Luigi Tenco; the Flowers Parade in January/February in which every city of the Italian Riviera presents an original composition of flowers displayed on a Carnival/Mardi-Gras style moving car; and the summer Firework International Contest in the second week of July.

La Spezia's August sailing regatta sees all the local fishing boats battle it out in the lovely Gulf of Poets. Imperia's tall ships regatta takes place every other year in September. In July, Rapallo stages a three-day firework festival in honour of the Madonnna.

Weather

The Italian Riviera is renowned in Italy for its superb year round climate. The region enjoys a hot summer but not the overwhelming heat of southern Italy and retains s warm and constantly sunny climate in the winter. The ring of hills, lying immediately beyond the coast, together with the beneficial influence of the sea, account for the mild climate the whole year round with average winter temperatures of 7-10° and summer temperatures of around 28° which makes for a pleasant stay even in the heart of winter.

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