Zoagli

A small inlet that impassioned Nietzsche and Kandinsky, where the art of weaving is preserved

A splendid waterfront dug out in the rock, delimited by two lookout towers, which embraces two small pebble beaches separated by the Gaiassa dock: this is how Zoagli appears from the sea.
A very scenic walk both in the daytime, with a view of the Gulf of Tigullio, and at night, when it is scenographically illuminated. The two Saracen Towers, Canevaro Castle, the Sem Benelli Castle toward Chiavari, the churches in the hamlets, are some examples of the rich artistic patrimony.
Here since the Middle Ages a very precious art has been preserved: handicraft production of damasks and velvets. Two firms hand down the old traditions: Tessitura Gaggioli and Seterie Cordani. A maze of creuze, the typical mule tracks of Liguria, accompanies you in the greenery of the Mediterranean maquis, among strips cultivated with olive trees, toward the hamlets of Sant’Ambrogio (where the writer Ezra Pound lived), San Pietro and Semorile.

One of the routes, which follows the old Roman road, is called the route “of the five bell towers” and connects the old churches of San Pietro di Rovereto, Semorile, San Pantaleo and Sant’Ambrogio to the central San Martino one. Another path connects Semorile and the sanctuary of Our Lady of Montallegro at Rapallo. It is a paradise for scuba drivers, and on the seabed there is the statue of the Madonna of the Sea, commemorated on 5 August at night with lamps, torches and fireworks on the sea.

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