The winding arched extension goes from Ventimiglia to La Spezia and is one of the smallest regions in Italy. Liguria is just 5,422 square Kilometers, or 1.18% of all of Italy. Of this, 3524.08 kilometers are mountainous (65% of the total) and 891.95 square kilometers are hills (35% of the total). Liguria's Natural Reserves cover 12% of the entire region, or 60,000 hectares of land. They are made up of one National Reserve, six large parks, two smaller parks and three nature reserves.
Sanremo is one of Italy's most famous bathing resorts and the place where the annual Italian pop music festival takes place. The beautiful Benedict monastery S. Fruttuoso merits special attention. And needless to say there are many other important historical monuments to be explored.
Liguria is where pesto is originally from, one of the most popular sauces in Italian cuisine. Seafood is a major staple of Ligurian cuisine, as the sea has been part of the region's culture since its beginning. Another important aspect of the culture there is the beach. Tourists have been flocking to the Italian Riviera for decades to experience its calm, deep blue water.
Famous Ligurians from this region: Simonetta Vespucci, Giuseppe Mazzini, Andrea Doria, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Simon Boccanegra, Benedicto XV, Urbano VII, Nicolo Paganini, Eugenio Montale, Pietro Germi, Italo Calvino, Edmondo de Amicis, Luciano Berio, Sem Benelli, Bernardo Strozzi, Renzo Piano, Vittorio Gassman, Renata Scotto, Lyda Borelli, and of course Christopher Columbus.