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Favoured by a warm Mediterranean climate, wide and pristine beaches and waters that have been awarded Blue Flag status for their quality and cleanliness very year since 1987, the town of Chiavari in Genoa, northwest Italy, is a deservedly popular and attractive resort.

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  • DestinationFrance, Italy
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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The Italian Riviera
S Williams
4 stars
“A very enjoyable holiday, spent with a lovely supportive group of fellow travellers and led by an extremely enthusiastic and helpful tour guide in James. Beautiful scenery, with plenty of interesting places to visit on our excursions. However, it involved a lot of walking and some places had lots of steps to negotiate with steep climbs. Day 1 from London to Turin was a very long one and the journey from Paris to Turin was particularly grewelling. We didn’t finish dinner until 11:15pm that evening. The transfer of luggage on this particular holiday is a very important consideration, and those with small suitcases had fewer problems. In hindsight those that had taken a larger suitcase between them as a couple would have been far better in taking a smaller one each. The staff at the Stella del mare hotel in Chiavari where we were based for the majority of the time were lovely, and the breakfast waitress couldn’t do enough for us. It was in a good location for our excursions. Dinner is not served at the hotel as inclusive on free days, which was somewhat disappointing as we found it difficult to find somewhere else to eat at that time of the season. There were issues at the hotel in Nice concerning dietary intolerances/preferences which could potentially have been fatal. The hotel in Turin was of a higher standard than the others. Although we were only based there for one night, it would have been preferable to have maintained this standard for the duration of the holiday. This was our first European trip with Rail Discoveries, and it was a very pleasant experience overall. We are now looking forward to deciding where to go with them next. Sue & Andrew - Selsey, West Sussex.
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The town's an illustrious history began with the establishment of a Roman encampment, originally called 'Tigullia', around the eighth century BC. By the tenth century AD the emerging village was known as "Chiavari" and two centuries later was conquered by the forces of neighbouring Genoa, leading to the construction of a defensive wall and castle. The castle and many beautiful buildings dating from Chiavari's medieval period onward form the historic 'old town' and are a major attraction for visitors today.

Officially granted 'town' status in 1646, Chiavari's prosperity stemmed from its fishing industry, agriculture and handicrafts. The town is notable for its lace-making, the intricate hand-weaving of linen known as 'macramé' and for the creation, in 1807, of the world-famous 'Chiavari chair'.These traditional trades and crafts continue to contribute to Chiavari's economy, but the arrival of the railway in 1868 cemented the town's popularity as a tourist resort.

Today, the picturesque and pastel-coloured coastal town of Chiavari, sheltered by hills dotted with olive groves, offers something to delight every visitor among its winding medieval streets and palm-lined seafront.

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.

Chiavari Castle

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 later.

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