44th Festival of the Sea in Levanto, a colorful explosion

On 24th and 25th July 2012, the great celebration comes back in the beautiful city of Levanto, in the province of La Spezia (Liguria Region): the 44th edition of the Festival of the Sea.

 

Since 1968, the event is celebrated every year in honor of St Giacomo, the protector saint of the seafaring community.

 

At the beginning, the feast had a purely religious character, but soon it was integrated with the medieval birth of the Municipality of Levanto in 1230.

The most spectacular parts of the festival take place on 24th and 25th July with historical processions, medieval tournaments, and the procession of the crucifixes and the statue of the Saint.

 

On 25th July, at nightfall, the gulf sea will be illuminated with ten thousand large candles. Also a crown will be deposited on water in honour of missing and fallen people.

In the end, fireworks will be shoot from the beach, enlightening the sky with warm colours.

On the official website of the City of Levanto, you’ll find more detailed information about the events scheduled for the Festival of the Sea.

 

Have you ever been in Levanto? If not, you have to know that Levanto is located about 60 km southeast of Genoa, about 20 km northwest of La Spezia and just a few minutes away from the famous Cinque Terre.  

Levanto is placed on the coast in a valley, thickly wooded with olive and pine trees.

There are a lot of interesting things to see, starting from its remarkably well-preserved Medieval castle, built to defend the village; Piazza Cavour and Piazza della Loggia, which in 2007 received from UNESCO the title of “monument being evidence of culture and peace”.

Among the sacred buildings in the town of Levanto, we suggest you to visit the church of Sant’Andrea, an example of 13th century Ligurian Gothic style and the Church of Santa Maria della Costa.

Besides the many attractions, here visitors will enjoy the beautiful sea, the beaches and the breathtaking landscapes, which are no less enviable than Cinque Terre. Crystal-clear water, wide beaches, restaurants, bars and cafes located along the coast and in the historical centre: Levanto has really everything you need for your holiday. Don’t miss the chance to hike over the long promenade only reserved to pedestrians and cyclists, which pass through tunnels leading to the little lovely town of Bonassola, another wonderful old village that boasts breathtaking sea. A little corner of paradise in the Region of Liguria.

What are you waiting for?

For getting more information about Levanto or just to find and book a hotel in Levanto, please have look at the online guide About Liguria.

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