The charming hinterland villages of Liguria comes alive in autumn, offering itineraries of history, culture, tradition and culinary experiences – making October and November a prime time to taste Liguria’s specialties and delve into the culture of the Riviera. Take advantage of the low season and the region’s year-round mild climate for a gastronomic adventure you won’t forget.
The OliOliva festival will run from the 10th-12th of November 2017, taking place in Imperia – the olive oil capital of Liguria. Vendors fill the streets selling the new season’s produce. The festival combines art, fun and tourism with local cuisine and typical recipes that use the famous and uniquely flavoured Taggiasca olive – the very olive that distinguishes traditional Ligurian dishes.
Silver on the hillsides and gold on our plates – tastings, visits to olive groves and artisan workshops are set against the Ligurian landscape, making the perfect surroundings in which you can enjoy the authenticity of the region’s typical products.
Liguria has been cultivating olives since the Middle Ages, and oil production started 2 centuries ago in Imperia. This rich history is documented in the Museum of the Olive Tree, which is a must visit. Created by the Carli Family, who have been in business since the 19th century, the museum and its grounds will fascinate with all sorts of facts, traditions and archaeological finds that tell all about the olive.
During your visit, take advantage of the Sentiero Liguria – an easy-to-navigate route for all hiking abilities, connecting Luni in the Province of La Spezia and Grimaldi (Ventimiglia) in the province of Imperia. Trek or cycle the 30 stages covering 675 km of thousand-year old olive groves, vineyards, forests, cliffs, ancient pilgrimage routes and Roman roads. You’ll only ever be a few steps away from sandy beaches and rocky cliffs, finding yourself before stunning views of the blue of the sea (where is it not uncommon to spot whales and other marine mammals) and the lush green of the Mediterranean bush.
NEW – Milano-Sanremo del Gusto
The famous cycle race finds itself combined with a gourmet adventure. The new Milano-Sanremo del Gusto itinerary sees Liguria, Piedmont and Lombardy unite in promoting wines and taste experiences along the legendary cycling race track. The trail allows you to discover producers, restaurants, wine cellars, wineries and farmhouses – all the things that make up the culture and identity of the regions.