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Contents IntroductionPART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION Chapter 1 Background Information Geography, Climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture Chapter 2 Practical Information When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festivals, Shopping, Opening times, Entertainment, Sport, Photography, Media and communications, Buying a property, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positivelyPART TWO GENOA Chapter 3 Genoa History, Getting there and away, Orientation, Getting around 52, Tourist information and maps 53, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Further afieldPART THREE THE RIVIERA DI LEVANTE Chapter 4 Recco to Sestri Levante Recco, Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino, Rapallo, Uscio, Chiavari, Sestri Levante Chapter 5 The Cinque Terre and the Val di Vara The Cinque Terre, Along the coast, Up in the mountains, The Val di Vara Chapter 6 La Spezia and the Gulf of Poets La Spezia, West along the Golfo dei Poeti, East along the Golfo dei Poeti SarzanaPART FOUR THE RIVIERA DI PONENTE Chapter 7 Arenzano to Savona Arenzano, Varazze, Savona Chapter 8 Bergeggi to Alassio Bergeggi and Spotorno, Noli, Capo di Noli and Varigotti, Finale Ligure, Along the coast from Borgio Verezzi to Albenga, Albenga, Zuccarello and Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena, Alassio Chapter 9 Cervo to Taggia and the Valle Argentina Cervo, Diano Marina, Imperia, The mountains behind Imperia, Along the coast from Imperia to Bussana Vecchia, Triora Chapter 10 Sanremo, Bordighera and the Val Nervia Sanremo, Bordighera, Ventimiglia, Up in the mountainsAppendix 1 Language Appendix 2 Further Information Index
Rosie Whitehouse developed a love of travel when her parents bundled the family in the car and drove to Liguria in the summer of 1966. Rosie studied International History and then Russian Government and Politics at the LSE. She had a successful career at the BBC World Service until she became a mum. She then spent five years as a housewife in the war-torn Balkans with her journalist husband. When her eldest son was just a month old she made her second trip to Liguria and fell in love with it. Twenty six years later, Rosie now knows the place like the back of her hand. There is a long family connection with the region and Rosie spends part of the year in the house that her husband's family have owned for over 45 years. Rosie speaks Italian but is frequently corrected by her daughters who actually speak Italian with a Ligurian accent. Rosie is one of the UK's leading experts on family travel and over the last twenty six years she has explored every corner of Liguria with her family and can offer a real insider's view on what to do, where to eat and where to stay. Rosie has written for The Sunday Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Sunday Express, Family Circle, The Economist, Kids Out, Parentwise, Living France, Image and the websites B4Baby.com and Raisingkids.co.uk. She is the author of a number of travel guides and her own autobiography, Are We There Yet? Travels with my Frontline Family.
Searching for the next Tuscany? Look no further than the neighbouring region of Liguria, which now has its first dedicated guidebook. * The Times * Gives an insider's perspective on the area's lush mountain-backed beaches, where the wealthy Milanese come to play in the summer. * National Geographic Traveller *