Immediately behind the coastline, the railway and the Via Aurelia, there is a litle known Liguria far from the mass tourism, made of olive-clad valleys, streams, yellow mimosa, a Liguria often called “open-air gym“.
Among the many sports to practice outdoors there is trekking, and an international event is dedicated to this sport: the sea and mountains across the Arenzano Beigua Park, located along an old road junction that connects the plains and the sea. And then the paths of Cinque Terre National Park, surrounded by vineyards, the Park of Portofino that offers memorable sights and Park dell’Antola. But the queen is the mythical and legendary “Alta Via dei Monti Liguri”, with its spectacular views of the sea, the mountains of the Alps and the Po Valley.
Within the protected ligurian areas, you can find find dozens of routes for cycling and mountain biking: over 500 km of hiking paths in the park of Beigua or river banks in the Park of Monte Marcello Magra.
And what about the horse trekking: Plain Crixia offers numerous routes and Torriglia dell’Antola Park is a center of equestrian tourism and hiking.
We started from Viareggio around 13.15 and after work. At 16.30 we were at Villa Adriana.
The villa was built by the emperor Hadrian between 118 and 134 AD; it consists of a collection of buildings like the baths (Small and Large Spa baths), the library, the Canopus, a large pool surrounded by the remains of a portico and Caryatids, several temples, the Teatro Marittimo.
Inside the Museum of the Canopus, located at the same side of Canopus, there are exposed statues found in the same place.
A visit to this villa is very scenic and takes us back in time to the glories of the Empire. Read the rest of this entry »