Liguria is a symphony of land and sea, where ancient maritime traditions meet Riviera revelry. But to assume that Liguria is just a playground for the jet set or even worse, a cardboard image plastered on the walls of one too many restaurants, would be a grave misinterpretation of one of Italy’s most compelling regions.
With its notorious history as a powerfully wealthy nautical empire, Liguria has been an incubator of discovery and revolution, forever impacting the course of world history with the birthing of such native sons as Cristoforo Colombo, Giuseppe Garibaldi and Giuseppe Mazzini, and playing key roles in such legendary endeavors as the Spanish Armada and the unification of Italy. Liguria’s unbridled natural beauty has cradled and inspired titans of literature, music and architecture, among which include Oscar Wilde, Niccolo Paganini and Renzo Piano. But amongst its legends, losses and triumphs, perhaps what makes Liguria such a mysterious and captivating place, is its people. Like the rings of a tree, the rich heritage of the region is chronicled in the proud faces of the Ligurians, living reminders of what once was and what continues to be uniquely great.
Liguria is a region that many have claimed to know, but few have ventured to scratch the surface of, to uncover the miraculous treasure trove of culture that hides beneath. Pause for a moment to observe the old fishermen, their faces weathered by countless harsh mornings out at sea and the warmth that emanates from their well worn smiles. Watch the cliffside farmers as they harvest olives, lemons and grapes from the same terraces that their families have cultivated for hundreds of years. These are the faces of Liguria. Not the sunglasses and tans that you see in glossy magazines, but real people, living real lives, in the unassuming paradise of their own design.
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About the author
Dejou Marano is Co-Founder of CountryBred and Founding Editor of The Bred Blog. Splitting her time between Los Angeles and Europe, Dejou seeks to bring the imagination and wonder of Europe to all travelers through her never-ending pursuit of undiscovered cultural gems and experiences, which she shares through her travel writing.
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