Chiavariis at 40 km east of Genoa in the bay of Tigullio and a lively little town. Once it was famous for ship building, today it is a very well equipped tourist resort , it has a very large " marina" pleasure harbour, it seems that there are more luxury boats and sailing ships than cars. From here, you easily sail to the Cinque Terre to Portofino and San Fruttuoso. Chiavari is a good stop for gastronomy during your Italian Riviera sailing cruise and a must mooring up for luxury motor yacht charters between Italian Riviera , French Riviera and Tuscan coast. Chiavari is also good destination for sailing cruise out of high season: Springtime starts in february when mimosa's colour the whole region yellow and autumn finishes in November. The winters are very temperate and it is no exception to have your lunch outside and have a walk on the boulevard in between oleander and palm trees.
Liguria has an ideal climate for cultivation of grapes, lemon and olives. Chiavari's porticoed streets are characteristic and cool for shopping in summer. The antique market which is held every 2nd weekend is a " must" , "Chiavari" means "key to the valleys" in fact 4 valleys converge here. The hills are covered with olive trees, lemon and oranges and you will enjoy leave the yacht or the boat and discover the country side , where houses and churches are pastelcoloured and an unexpected hamlet on a hilltop will offer on the church square a cosy coffeeshop . Last but not least: Liguria has a very rich cuisine: ask for a "focaccia"( a crisp baked thin crusted sandwich with fresch stracchino cheese,) try the " farinata" (chickpeaflour tarts), vegetable pies and the pesto sauce is here made fresh every day . Rich gastronomy, ideal climate and Blue Flag sea for your luxury motor yacht sailing escape in the Italian Riviera.