The Tigullio coast is brimming with all kinds of events, especially in the summer: village festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, dance, theatre, regattas. The calendar changes from year to year, so you are advised to contact the tourist information office in each locality. Travelplan proposes a list of the main events taking place every year.
Sailing regattas. The Gulf of Tigullio has long been a privileged nautical centre. Here the regatta season goes on all year long. Don't miss the Zegna Trophy, which takes place in Portofino in May.
The Tigullio Exhibition, Chiavari, May. In 2006 the Tigullio Exhibition will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. This important fair presents the best of traditional Ligurian handicrafts, with a variety of excellent products from wood to fabrics, from lace to slate, and, naturally, examples of the regions famous gastronomy.
Palco sul Mare, the most anticipated travelling festival of the summer, proposes big concerts and favourite celebrities from the Italian cabaret scene. Events are held in the town squares of: Portofino, Sestri Levante, Moneglia, Lavagna, Santa Margherita Ligure, Camogli, Chiavari, Rapallo and Zoagli.
Valle Christi International Festival is hosted by Rapallo in the Valle Christi Monument Complex among the monastery ruins. A quality programme includes music, theatre and dance. Shows are concentrated in about thirty days between the first half of July and the first half of August.
Concerts in San Fruttuoso Abbey, Camogli: various dates in July and August. A season of concerts that is much appreciated by public and critics alike, held in the cloisters of San Fruttuoso Abbey, a striking setting, reachable only on foot or by boat.
Sagra del Pesce (Fish festival), Camogli, on the second Sunday in May. Held in honour of the patron saint of fishermen, San Fortunato, thousands of visitors flock to the port of Camogli around a giant frying pan measuring 4 metres in diameter. For a whole day, fishermen and chefs serve up fresh fish to the public. Camogli is completely closed to private traffic on the day of the festival. To get there, take a train or tourist ferry.
"Rapallo Danza" International Ballet Festival in Rapallo takes place on four Sundays in July and August in the open-air theatre of Villa Tigullio. Four appointments with stars from the world of international ballet and modern dance.
Christ of the Abyss, Camogli. On the seabed of San Fruttuoso, 12 metres below the surface, lies the enormous bronze sculpture of Christ of the Abyss, patron saint of scuba divers. On the last Saturday in July, one of the most unusual processions in the world is held at night time, when dozens of scuba divers go down to the statue with special torches and place a crown of laurels on the head of Christ. The descent is preceded by a procession of torch-lit boats.
Photos courtesy of: APT Tigullio, APT Cinque Terre Golfo dei Poeti
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