Find your roots in Liguria

20 February 2024

3 minutes

A fascinating journey through your origins, in a unique land!

Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Liguria offers not only stunning scenery and delicious cuisine, but also a rich history that is reflected in its cultural roots. Roots tourism in Liguria offers a unique opportunity to explore centuries-old traditions, discover authentic culture, and connect with the region’s origins. In this article, we will dive into the depths of Liguria through roots tourism, an experience that goes beyond common tourist destinations, and that is much more than just a trip.

Liguria is the region that occupies the northernmost part of Italy’s Mediterranean coast, home to many adventurers, innovators and illustrious personalities, including the most famous explorer in the world: Christopher Columbus.

History Engraved in Stone

Liguria boasts a history dating back to time immemorial; the signs of this past are engraved in the stones of ancient villages and towns.
A striking example is the medieval city of Genoa, with its alleys (the famous ‘caruggi’) and the majestic palaces telling stories of maritime trade, adventures and conquests.

Stroll through the streets of Genoa, one of the largest medieval historic centers in Europe.

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the past, breathing the air of a distant era.
Discover the places of origin of your ancestors, they are probably small unknown villages which will amaze and conquer you.

Tradition and Flavours

Liguria is famous for its delicious cuisine, which reflects tradition and the bond with the territory.

Pesto, Genoese focaccia and salted anchovies are just some of the delicacies that have deep roots in the culinary culture of the region.

Roots tourism offers the opportunity to participate in traditional cooking classes, learning the secrets of preparing dishes that have been handed down for generations.

Local Festivals and Roots

Liguria is full of traditional festivals and celebrations that allow visitors to fully experience the local culture.

The feast called Stella Maris in Camogli, for example, dates back to the fifteenth century.

In this occasion all the villagers come together to honor the Madonna and the seafaring tradition, with the laying in the sea of thousands of candles (biodegradable!) lit in her honor.

In every city, in every village, even the most remote, there is always at least one occasion to celebrate the patron saint or a festival, which often turns into a moment to enjoy local gastronomy.

Being involved in local traditional celebrations, offers an authentic and immersive experience, allowing you to get in touch with Liguria’s spiritual and cultural roots.

Art and History

Liguria is an open-air museum, with its Romanesque churches, Renaissance paintings, and works of art narrating the history of the region.

A stunning example is the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Genoa, with its sculptures and frescoes representing the local faith and history.

Entering the valleys and mountains of the hinterland you will discover sacred buildings, architectural elements and many other details that will tell you the stories of a rural world slowly disappearing


Roots tourism in Liguria offers an authentic and fulfilling experience, a journey into the past enriching your present.

If you’re looking for a deeper and more meaningful sightseeing experience, Liguria will welcome you with open arms.


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