If you are looking for a place in Italy where you can combine a beautiful sea and unspoiled nature with a full calendar of cultural events and activities, Liguria might be right for you.
Developed entirely along a coast from east to west (from Levante to Ponente), this region has some marine paradise, as the Cinque Terre in the province of La Spezia.
A land of mountains overlooking the sea, steep climbs and fast descents, villages perched between land and sea. Here blossom flavors of olives and vines, the sea and the beauty of the places is cradling your thoughts.
The capital of Liguria, Genoa, is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, with its narrow streets, its palaces, the largest port and the streets that wind in neighboring places. It seems incredible but you can spend a day immersed in nature and reach the center of Genoa in twenty minutes.
Here the main attractions are in the Old Port area, where the Aquarium enchant adults and children with its huge collection of sea life from all the natural environments in the world.
Porto Antico is also the location for music shows as the International Music Festival (meeting young musicians) – International Festival of Bands. In the weekend between July 8 – 11, 2010, musicians coming from around the world will come to Genoa offering four days of music and folklore (free entry). This year the Festival will host artists from Israel, Czech Republic, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary and of course Italy.
Porto Antico is also the place for pop and rock concerts as those of Samuele Bersani (July, 4 ), Daniele Silvestri (July, 5); MediterrArt – 1st Festival of Arts (Argentina Tango and emigration; The Arabian Nights: the codes of seduction; The language of femininity – The World Gypsy; Long live Italy – Sea and wind).
Special events scheduled on July 8, Just Like a Woman 2010 – Sinead O’Connor. Morcheeba with Skye – original line-up (July 12); Diana Krall (July 14). Genoa Guitar Festival: Black Dub Feat Daniel Lanois / Trixie Withley / Brian Blade (July 16). Jimi Hendrix Tribute, Mick Taylor All Star Band, Popa Chubby / special guest Sonny Landreth Ulj Roth (July 20).
For those who love jazz music Genoa has to offer the 7° Gezmataz festivals and workshops 2010 (21 – 25 July) in the Old Port – Arena del Mare area. We start on July 21 with Ornette Coleman and his sax, trumpet and violin, Denard Coleman on drums, Al Mc Dowell on electric bass and Tony Falanga on bass.
Second date to save is on July 22 with Vicente Amigo Quintet. On July 23 Brass Bang! with Paolo Fresu on trumpet, Gianluca Petrella on trombone, Marcus Rojas on tuba, Steven Bernstein (slide trumpet). Then on sunday, July 25, The festival closes with the magic creations of Stefano Bollani.
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