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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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Mrs Valerie Moss
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“Really enjoyed our recent trip to Italy and Claire our Tour Manager was absolutely brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble, she was very organised and helpful, always around if you had any queries. Went the extra mile on several occasions, even suggesting extra trips on our 2 free days. The Group were a great bunch of people and everyone got on really well, but on the down-side we thought the group number at 43 was too big. This sometime caused problems getting on and off the trains with luggage, making you feel under pressure. All of the hotels were very nice and the food served was good. We had 2 long days of travel, both on Saturdays when the trains were very busy, particularly from Genova to Ventimiglia with no reserved seats on a regional train and no specific luggage space. The onward journey to Nice was by coach arriving around 5.30pm and with dinner at 7.30 it gave you no time to look around Nice as we departed the next morning at 7.00 am. What really was the point of putting Nice in the itinerary, we should have been heading north back towards Paris. Arrival in Paris at Gare de Lyons was 13.34 and our Eurostar from Gare du Nord was 18.13. Even allowing for transfer across Paris and the 60 minutes booking in time 4.30 hours was a long time to kill. Fortunately Claire liaised with the Rail Discovery office and they managed to organise a free lunch for us at a nearby restaurant. Thank goodness as it would have felt like an even longer day as we did not arrive back at St Pancras until 19.30. Being a Sunday this added another overnight stay in London as our last train had already departed. Photos of beautiful Chiavari and some very wet sailors who were out on the bow on our trip back from Portofino !!
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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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