Levanto is a famous seaside resort along the Italian Riviera, 80 km east of Genoa. This is a perfect starting-point for visiting the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre. From Levanto you can easily reach the five villages by train (5 minutes), by boat or by foot through guided tracks.

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Levanto is a small beautiful town with a long sandy beach, shops and restaurants. This popular sea resort is surrounded by a green valley of pine forests, olive groves, vineyards and small medieval villages. Levanto is not only a place for sun-bathers, divers, surfers and hikers. It’s also an ideal starting-point for day-trips by train or boat to many interesting places along the Riviera such as: Portovenere, Lerici, Tellaro and Fiascherino in direction La Spezia, and Portofino, Santa Margherita, Camogli and Sestri Levante in direction Genoa.

It's easy to find a nice hotels in Levanto! There is a wide range of four- and three-star hotels with good standard or if you prefer some very romantic Bed & Breakfasts near the beach.

The shops are generally open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. From Monday to Saturday there is a covered market selling fruit, vegetables and fish. Every Wednesday a nice open air market (clothes and shoes). We can recommend the shops selling Pasta Fresca; all sorts of fresh pasta (ravioli, gnocchi, trofie etc) and different sorts of vegetable- rice- and zucchinipies, lasagne and pesto.

A network of walking paths connects Levanto with the National Park of Cinque Terre (Levanto - Monterosso 3 hours by foot). We also recommend to visit the beautiful village of Bonassola situated just a few kilometers west of Levanto with a wonderful beach.

Map of Levanto

Map of Levanto

How to reach Levanto

by car: motorway A12 (Genova - Livorno), exit CARRODANO, follow direction LEVANTO (ViaMichelin)

Train: railway station on the line GENOVA - LA SPEZIA (www.trenitalia.com)

by airplane: Airport of Genova Cristoforo Colombo (90 Km) or Airport of Pisa Galileo Galilei (111 Km)

by boat: from La Spezia with maritime consortium Golfo dei Poeti.

To see

- Sant' Andrea Church
- Church of Nostra Signora della Costa
- Oratorio di San Giacomo
- Chiesa e convento dell'Annunziata
- Church of San Rocco
- The "Castello Medioevale" and the "torre dell'orologio"
- Piazza della Loggia (Loggia square)
- Via Garibaldi (Garibaldi street)
- Piazza Cavour (Cavour square)
- the bike path Levanto - Bonassola - Framura

Footpaths

Levanto footpaths map

Events

- 1st january: Un tuffo nell’anno nuovo

3rd Sunday of MayMangialonga, wine & food walk through the trails of Levanto valley.

- 3rd Sunday of July, Festa di San Giacomo (festa del mare) (Festival of the sea). Feast of Levanto's patron Saint James with religion procession, flag-throwing and fireworks.

- July and August: Festival Amfiteatrof - international festival of classic music.

- August, 10: Tuffo sotto le stelle – si svolge nella notte di San Lorenzo sulla spiaggia del lungomare (via Semenza) e bagni Sirena dalle 21 all'alba. Uno sguardo al cielo per intercettare la scia di una stella cadente ed esprimere un desiderio ed un brindisi alla fortuna con i vini e prodotti tipici della tradizione locale e spettacolo pirotecnico.

- August: La Traversata del Golfo di Levanto - Gara di nuoto. E' aperta a tutti, si estende per circa 1 miglio dal Molo con arrivo ai bagni Sirena. Questa gara è diventata ormai una tradizione consolidata per la cittadina.

- October: De Gustibus Tour - una passeggiata enogastronomica attraverso il centro storico di Levanto, con degustazione delle specialità locali offerte dagli operatori commerciali levantesi e delle Cittaslow.

- October: La Stralevanto, half marathon (circa 14,5 Km) in Levanto and sorrounding area.