Under the porticos or on the beach, among the shops or in the little restaurants: in the heart of Tigullio there are so many opportunities

It is the capital of Tigullio, a business and residential centre, the financial heart. But it is also a splendid place for tourists to discover. With its medieval historic area and its nineteenth-century porticos it opens up panoramic views of incomparable beauty: it is a “liveable” town. It is an old one that can boast of buildings of great merit in typical Genoese style and has developed a tourist vocation, thanks to the recent big Tourist Harbour and clean sea, the holder of a Blue Flag since 1987. Its historic area is the so-called “caruggio dritto”, that is to say Via Martiri della Liberazione, dotted with shops, restaurants and trattorias, some of which specialize in the famous farinata (chickpea flat bread).

Chiavari is also a town linked to fishing and craftsmanship with the typical production of chairs called “chiavarine” and very beautiful “macramé” lace. For those who love shopping, Chiavari has some of the most interesting fashion stores in Liguria. Among the most important buildings there is Palazzo Rocca. Chiavari has a luxuriant botanical garden, in which there stand out monumental greenhouses with orchids.
The little Antiques Market in the “caruggio dritto” has become famous; it is held every second weekend of the month. Then there are various Markets of Flavours and Traditions, festivals of typical food and agriculture products and artistic craftsmanship. One must see the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Garden, inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. The beach, to a large extent free, is well looked after and ideal for families. For pleasure boaters, in the harbour there are a lot of charter agencies, for trips to the heart of Liguria and the Mediterranean.