Cathedral of Our Lady dell'Orto
Built between 1613 and 1633, Chiavari's magnificent cathedral
was built at a location at which the apparition of the Virgin Mary
had reputedly appeared. Architecturally reminiscent of the Pantheon
in Rome thanks to its columned portico, the cathedral houses many
exquisite paintings, frescos and other valuable artworks dating
from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Botanical Park of Villa Rocca
A climbing path winds through these beautiful, themed botanic
gardens to provide superb views of the town and out to sea. The
gardens themselves contain many exotic plant and flower species,
orchid-filled greenhouses, a bamboo forest, palm grove and
plantation of cacti and are punctuated by numerous sculptures,
fountains and ponds.
Situated on a rise overlooking the town, Chiavari's castle was
completed in 1147 but destroyed and rebuilt several times in
subsequent centuries. Today the impressive castle walls and tower
remain, and their elevated location affords fabulous views of the
resort and coast.
Chiavari 'Old Town'
At Chiavari's heart a web of carrugi - narrow, medieval
alleyways - winds between many historic buildings and arcades,
including the twelfth-century Palace of Blacks Portici and the
beautiful Church of San Salvatore di Lavagna, built a century