Living in LiguriaItaly Sotheby's International Realty
Basking in the warmth of this sunny Riviera and seeking refuge under the shade of a pine tree while getting a glimpse of the picturesque landscape, is just one of the many hobbies that the region offers to its visitors. Liguria is a narrow curve of land bordering with the French Riviera and the northern coast of Tuscany, squeezed between the Alps and Appennini and the Mediterrenean sea.
Boasting a great tourist appeal thanks to the beauty of its landscapes and the allure of its fishing villages and historic towns such as Portofino, Porto Venere and the Cinque Terre, Liguria offers a variety of cultural activities including exhibitions, fairs, festivals and parties: the International Boat Show in Genoa, the Italian Music Festival in Sanremo, the Flowers Battle in Ventimiglia and the Historic Sailing Boats in Imperia, just to name a few.Within such a diverse and rich context, Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure are perhaps the most exclusive seaside destinations and so their real estate: timeless villas and castles perched on top of hills boasting captivating 360° views over the Gulf of Tigullio or the Portofino Bay; Liguria-style apartments overlooking the “Piazzetta”. Portofino rises up on a small gulf protected by a promontory, amongst some of the most beautiful sceneries in Europe, between Punta Chiappa, the inlets of Cala dell'Oro and St Fruttuoso and Punta Carega.
Chosen as a holiday destination by an elite of rich and famous people since the end of the 19th century, Portofino became a fashionable and ultra-exclusive town: Guy de Maupassant was one of its first visitors and after him personalities like Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Nietzsche and Humphrey Bogart all couldn't resist the allure of a place like no other in the world.