Between Liguria & Tuscany
WHERE THE SEA AND THE APUAN ALPS MEET
Portovenere is tied to both Liguria and Tuscany in many ways, and not only from a geographical point of view thanks to its privileged location near the borders of the two famous Italian regions. The connection also has to do with history, for Portovenere was a strategic territory that Genoa (Liguria) needed in its war against Pisa (Tuscany) for the domination of the Ligurian Sea. Over the centuries, Portovenere changed hands many times between the Genoese and the Pisans. Perhaps this is why this territory has influences from both sides.
The relationship continues today through art, as a constructive dialogue between artists that come from the Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti di Genova (Liguria) and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara (Tuscany). Their works of art are exhibited in Portovenere, thanks to the Grand Hotel’s own ‘Between Liguria & Tuscany’ open-air exhibition.
And finally, one of the characteristics that makes Portovenere so unique is the harmonious combination of the landscapes that surround it, ranging from the wild sea cliffs of the Ligurian Riviera all the way to the snowy peaks of the Apuan Alps in Tuscany.
LUNI: This ancient town was founded by the Romans in 177 B.C. Archaeological excavations have brought to light the famous statue of Lunae, testifying to its glorious past and the multiplicity of local divine cults. The findings are on display at the National Archaeological Museum of Luni.
BOCCA DI MAGRA: This small town is located right where the Magra Rivers flows into the Mediterranean Sea. Equipped with a small marina, it offers a really impressive sight.
VERSILIA: This area of Tuscany borders with Liguria, and is famous mainly for the towns of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi. It is a destination for elite tourism with five-star beach clubs and luxury shopping.
CARRARA: Famous for its fine marble, Carrara offers beautiful beaches on the coast and an impressive historic center with a museum dedicated to the history of the marble quarries.
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