Gateway to the Cinque Terre – Bonassola

Gateway to the Cinque Terre – Bonassola

Bonassola is a fantastic seaside resort, reminding us that Liguria is not only sea but also land and wilderness. In fact, around the two promontories of Punta del Carlino and the Madonnina, there is not only the fine beach that plunges into the blue sea. Behind it is a village characterised by the pastel-coloured facades of the houses, alleys and climbs, small squares and narrow streets, dominated by a crown of hillside hamlets all worth seeing.

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Among the vantage points is the Salto della Lepre, which owes its name to a popular legend according to which a hare would rather jump into the void than be caught.

The cycle path and the breathtaking panorama

For those arriving on holiday, in addition to a dip in the sea and sunbathing on the beach, a stroll or a bike ride along the seafront promenade, which is part of the fantastic cycle path linking Levanto and Framura, of which Bonassola is the ideal pit stop, is a must. Then we recommend you to walk from the beach on the eastern side to the Chapel of Madonna della Punta, from where you will enjoy an exceptional and unmissable view.

In 2005, Bonassola entered the Guinness Book of Records with the largest pesto lasagna ever: 50 square metres.

The historical centre

Also worth seeing in Bonassola are some fine churches, such as the church of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria or the oratory of Sant'Erasmo and the Bonassola Castle, in a dominant position behind the village: 16th century, square shaped with two circular towers and a large tower clock. And also Palazzo Vinzoni and Palazzo Paganetto, on whose façade a sonnet by Metastasio reminds us that 'nulla certi domus', no house is safe.

They are called 'le Rocce Rosse' (the Red Rocks) and it is a magical place that can be reached by sea going westwards: because the cliff there is of lava origin, it is bubbling, and is dark red in colour.

Hamlets

Bonassola extends on an alluvial plain for about five kilometres and includes several characteristic historical villages: Montaretto and Reggimonti to the east, Poggio and Scerno to the west;as well as Costella and Serra. Villages surrounded by vineyards and vegetable gardens, which are well worth a visit and still have ancient defensive fortifications against the Saracens, such as Torre Ardoino, a stone's throw from the hamlet of San Giorgio.

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