Explore a picturesque Italian resort steeped in history, culture and tradition
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.
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.