Donít think of Italy as only a summer destination. There are plenty of things to do and to see during the Italian spring, fall, and even winter. This series of articles provides ideas for your Italian September vacation, describing regional spectacles, tourist attractions, and special events, and sometimes sports. Italian fall holidays have several advantages: You wonít fight the crowds, hotels and other accommodations are easier and cheaper to find, and every region has its own fall festivals. Start organizing your Italian fall holidays now. Keep reading.
Liguria is the Italian Riviera on that part of the Mediterranean known as the Ligurian Sea. It may be somewhat less expensive than the neighboring French Riviera but money is strongly recommended in this part of the world, even in the cute little towns known as the Cinque Terre. Here summer is really summer, so if you arenít a fan of hot, hot weather you may prefer a September vacation. Start the month in the city of Recco, population about 10 thousand at its Sagra delle Fuoco (Fireworks Festival). The area is known for fireworks, and youíll soon see why. It is also know for focaccia con formaggio (focaccia with cheese) and the local water polo team.
Porto Venere is a coastal town of about 4000 people. From the 9th to the 19th of the month it celebrates Saint Venerio, the patron saint of the La Spezia Gulf region. There are a series of religious events. Exceptionally special admittance is given to allow entry to the military area of the Isle of Tino, in order to visit a very rarely seen hermitage of the Saint Venerio. On the second Sunday visit the city of Sarzana, population somewhat over 20 thousand to see its A Sunday in the Attic, a moderately sized flea market. Make sure to stop by their incredible cathedral and the Twelfth Century Church of Sant'Andrea.
Genoa, the regional capital and largest city, hosts its Paganiniana, a Festival in honor of the famous musician Nicolo Paganini, For about ten days in the second half of the month you can enjoy concerts, conferences, meetings, master-classes and other cultural initiatives.
And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Liguria or other Italian wines.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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September events, spectacles, and tourist attractions in Liguria