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» Around Cinque Terre...: Levanto   

Even if Levanto's first historical account dates back to the 12th century, its origins are probably pre-roman which is proved by various manufactured articles from the Iron Age found in this zone.
The village is an antique feud of the Malaspina and the Da Passano; in 1229 it is passed over to the Republic of Genoa. But Levanto obtains many privileges from the "Superba" (Genoa): it has its own statute and a complete administrative autonomy.
The association to Genoa helps to develop the maritime activities. However, the original rural and maritime vocation has been replaced by the tourism, which has also partly changed the village's appearance because of the massive building development of the last decades.
The village is placed in a wide amphitheater with hills of pine-trees, chestnut-trees, olive-trees and vineyards. Levanto is one of the most beloved holiday destination of the Riviera of Levante.
It owes its popularity to its wide beach which is partly covered by sand, and partly by pebbles, and for its closeness to the famous Cinque Terre - Levanto offers more accommodation possibilities than them - that's why a lot of travelers stop here.

To visit:

Main monuments:

  • The Parish Church of S. Andrea - The church is an important example of the Ligurian gothic, and was built in 1226, and enlarged in the 15th century. Due to its front divided into stripes of white marble and local stone it is considered one of the Liguria's most beautiful churches. The ogival door with a fresco of the year 1400 in the lunette, is overflowed by a fine rose-window; on the sides, two elegant mullioned windows with two lights.
  • The Castle of S. Andrea - In the 12th century the castle was constructed by the Malaspina in order to defend the village.
  • S. Rocco - The church of a convent is a baroque construction with an "Agati" organ in one of the ships of the year 1879
  • Church S. Maria della Costa - The village's most antique church conserves a remarkable door with a bas-relief of marble of the late 16th century.
  • Oratorio of the Confraternity of S. Giacomo - The oratorio of the 17th century contains a bas-relief of the beginning of the 16th century on the door; inside you can have a look at two wooden crucifixes of the 18th century and an "Agati" organ of the year 1827.
  • Loggia of the Municipality - (8th century) It is a loggia with five arcades on columns with Roman capitals in local stone.
  • Franciscan Church of the Virgin Mary - Founded in 1449, and reconstructed in 1615 after the breakdown of one ship; above the door, Virgin Mary, marble relief of the 16th century.

Excursions:

  • To monte Rossola - 563 m - 2 hours You have to follow the state street 332 towards the crossroads for Bonassola, a bit before this crossroads a path goes towards north, following marble quarries, it reaches the West, and you will fast arrive at the Mountain M. Rossola.
    The very beautiful panorama does not only comprise the flat land of Levanto and the Cinque Terre from one part, and the coast of Sestri with the promontory of Portofino from the other, but on clear days you will also see the islands Elba, Capraia and Corsica towards south, the massive of Monviso towards west and the Apuan Alps towards east.
  • To Punta Mesco - 1.30 hours (have a look at the path N. 1) In the village's south you have to follow a path which leads to the promontory passing pine-trees and Mediterranean bush; you reach Semaforo and the rests of the hermitage of S. Antionio 311 m (11th - 14th century, given up at the beginning of the 17th century). From here you can see all five villages of the Cinque Terre.
    You can go down to Monterosso al Mare, or go up towards north-west to the Mountain Vé (or Focone) which with its 487 m is the promontory's highest point
  • To Montale - 154 m From the street for Monterosso al Mare you have to turn left which skirts the T. Ghiararo's right edge and which goes up for 4.5 km to Montale. The village, formerly known as "Ceula" was mentioned for the first time in the 6th century.
    The legend narrates that Levanto owes its existence to this village which is still able to maintain the characteristics of a rural village.
    You can visit the Roman church S. Siro (11th century), the zone's most antique parish; inside it has been restructured several times, and partly restored (1952); it has a baroque front. Inside, in the right ship, you can admire a lunette of the 16th century, tombstone fragments of the late Middle Ages, and a valuable wooden sculpture by Maragliano (Madonna). Next to the church rises up the belfry (a former watch tower with a square basis - 10th century - changed during the baroque period).

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