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Sestri Levante

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Sestri Levante is a town and comune in Liguria, Italy. Lying on the Mediterranean Sea, it is approximately 56km south of Genoa and is set on a promontory. While nearby Portofino and the Cinque Terre are probably the best-known tourist destinations on the Italian Riviera, Sestri Levante is becoming quite a favorite among Italians. This once quiet fishing village is slowly turning into a tourist hotspot, developing an old and a new town.GeographySestri Levante is found approximately halfway between Genoa and La Spezia. The town has two bays: Baia delle Favole, (Bay of the Fables), and Baia del Silenzio, the (Bay of Silence). The original part of Sestri Levante is actually on a peninsula, with the Baia del Silenzio (also known as "Portobello") on one side and Baia delle Favole on the other. Baia delle Favole or “Bay of Fairy Tales” was named in honor of Danish writer, Hans Christian Andersen, who lived in Sestri Levante for a short time in 1833.HistorySestri Levante has its origins as an ancient maritime and merchant center. Originally a small island with a promontory, it was later connected to the mainland. In Roman times, it was known as Segesta Tigullorum (or Tigulliorum) or simply Segesta, but the place was nearly abandoned when the roman empire collapsed. It was mentioned again in the year 909 in a certificate of Berengar I of Italy, in which part of its territory was ceded to the basilica di San Giovanni di Pavia. During the Middle Ages, Sestri Levante began to expand, probably giving the fortress appearance that is due to the terrain.
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Baia del Silenzio ©
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Baia del Silenzio
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Hike the Punta Manara
Hiking Trail
Hike the Punta Manara
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Esplorazioni a Vela
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Esplorazioni a Vela
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Via XXV aprile
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Via XXV aprile
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Side trips from Sestri Levante

Santa Margherita Ligure ©
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Santa Margherita Ligure Santa Margherita Ligure
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura
Biking Trail
Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura Levanto
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montallegro ©
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Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montallegro Rapallo
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Hidden gems in Sestri Levante

Sun Beach ©
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Sun Beach
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Torre di punta Baffe ©
Observation Deck
Torre di punta Baffe Riva Trigoso
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Duration: 4 hours
Basilica di Santa Maria di Nazareth ©
Church
Basilica di Santa Maria di Nazareth
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Chiesa di San Niccolo
Landmark
Chiesa di San Niccolo
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Beaches in Sestri Levante

Pura Vida Spiaggia Liberattrezzata ©
Beach
Pura Vida Spiaggia Liberattrezzata
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Bagni Segesta ©
Beach
Bagni Segesta
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Spiaggia dei Balin
Beach
Spiaggia dei Balin
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Sestri Levante

Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata
Church
Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata
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Duration: 30 minutes
Chiesa di San Pietro In Vincoli
Church
Chiesa di San Pietro In Vincoli
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Duration: 30 minutes

Outdoors in Sestri Levante

Baia delle Favole ©
Outdoor Activity
Baia delle Favole
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Bagni Lido ©
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Bagni Lido
2.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

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