Behind the Gulf of La Spezia, in the middle of the hills and among the woods is a little gem, Val di Vara. Its name comes from the river that passes through it. It is a town that is often undervalued and not well-known.There are many people who are unaware of the closeness of the Cinque Terre to this pristine place, immersed in the quiet beauty of nature; it is an excellent base for a holiday,because from here you can reach the Gulf of Poets and the Ligurian coast.The first village you come across leaving La Spezia, travelling along Via Aurelia, is Riccò Del Golfo, with his churches decorated with the typical painted slate and stone gates. Around Riccò, you can see an actual green oasis made of woods and cultivated fields, pastures, rural cottages, old mills and organic orchards. The village is placed in a medieval setting, characterized by fortresses and small castles.Moreover, the area is very famous for its high-quality agriculture and breeding farms: from Riccò you can easily reach Pignone, an old centre of pilgrimage and commerce that is famous for its excellent products: beans, onions, potatoes and sausages.
Going down into the valley you can also reach Beverino, where there are a lot of La Spezia’s industrial businesses. There are also a lot of wonderful farm stays in this area where you can enjoy a delicious meal under the moonlight, listening to the birds chirping. There are other medieval villages are spread on the hills, like Bolano, that overlooks the sea, and Calice al Cornoviglio, which features a beautiful castle.Due north, you come across Varese Ligure, famous for its organic farming, and Brugnato, for its dairies.From Carro to Cerreta, you can find endless surprises and tasty food.It is worth devoting any more time to know the story and the gastronomy of the area, to appreciate and, if you like, buy, the best Ligurian products.Find out more about the Gulf of Poets and its wonderful outskirts on our network. Book the activities and more particular adventures, eat in the best places or allow a Travel Angel take you along unexpected routes.
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