Parallel to the sea, the valley is like a second dimension of the Eastern Riviera, also to be discovered along the slate cycle path

Liguria is made of slate: so are the roofs, in rectangular grey slabs, the staircases and the church squares, the domes and the steeples of the bell towers. And slate comes from Fontanabuona, where some quarries are open and can be visited.
There are so many villages, each with its own identity (and its own restaurants) and the desire to have a good time every evening in summer: there are festivals and village feasts, firework displays (another symbol of the local craftsmanship) and folklore.
Not to be missed are the hundred watermills and kilns, from the Middle Ages down to the twentieth century, that ground the wheat coming from the Po Lowland to turn it into flour and then into bread, to be transported by caravans of mule drivers towards the markets of the Riviera and Genoa.

A land of emigration, it has given birth to great characters all linked to America. First of all the parents of Christopher Columbus, but also Amedeo Pietro Giannini, the most ingenious banker of the twentieth century, the founder of the Bank of America; sister Blandina, who set out for the New World where she tried to redeem none other than the famous bandit Billy the Kid. And then Natalina “Dolly” Garaventa, the mother of Frank Sinatra, who came from Rossi di Lumarzo, a village to be visited. Of great charm are the Ramaceto spurs seen from the Cichero Meadows, where cattle are still bred in the wild state. For sportsmen, there is the new Slate Cycle Path that winds along the river Entella for 35 km and connects coast and hinterland, from Lavagna to Tribogna.