The typical biscuits of Liguria

The typical biscuits of Liguria

Among the specialities for which our region is known, there are few famous dessert recipes… but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t actually sweet treats to try.
But which do we think are the DOC Ligurian biscuits?

 The canestrelli

Canestrelli are flower-shaped shortbread biscuits belonging to the Ligurian tradition, created in the early 19th century in Torriglia near Genoa. The recipe includes only flour, butter, eggs and lots of sugar, but in some cases some lemon juice is also added.
Little curiosity: be careful asking for Canestrelli in Taggia: here the canestrello is a kind of salted cracker, made with our Taggiasco olive oil… delicious! You can find it in all the bakeries of the small town of Taggia.

Amaretti from Sassello

Sassello is a small town on the heights of Albisola, on a road connecting Liguria and Piedmont. It is famous for its particular macaroons that, compared to the better known Saronno macaroons, are softer and more crumbly.
The original recipe calls for sweet almonds, egg white, sugar and bitter almonds, but every pastry shop in Sassello boasts of having a secret ingredient. Other versions of these Ligurian amaretti, less common than those from Sassello, are the macaroons from Vallecrosia and the those from Gavenola, a hamlet of Borghetto d’Arroscia, both in the province of Imperia.

Baci from Alassio

Alassio is a famous seaside resort in the province of Savona, where back in 1919 Rinaldo Balzola, of the famous pastry which bears his name (and is still in business today)  patented this sweet that became famous among the town’s rich tourists from all over Europe.
The recipe? Roasted hazelnuts, sugar, bitter cocoa, honey, eggs, egg whites, dark chocolate for the cream.

From Alassio, these Baci actually spread a little throughout Liguria, and now several towns, including Sanremo, boast their own typical baci, which are exactly the same product as the baci created in Alassio.

Biscotti Lagaccio

These biscuits are the real biscuits of Ligurian grandmothers, who use to crumble or dip them in their cup of milk in the morning.Halfway between a biscuit and a rusk, they bear the name of a neighbourhood in Genoa.
They are often confused with Salute biscuits typical of the Ovada area in Piedmont, but they are actually two different products. They were first produced in a bakery in Genoa in 1593 and were originally slices of toasted bread to be eaten during sea crossings as a substitute for galettes. All you need to make them is flour, butter, brewer’s yeast and sugar.

Let us say, however, that our customers’ favourite goodness is the shortbread and biscuits made by our Bruna, the legendary baker from Borgomaro who bakes hundreds of pastries for us during our season. And it is precisely these that you find at our five o’clock tea and on our breakfast buffet that both young and old go crazy for

Why visit Western Liguria in autumn?

Why visit Western Liguria in autumn?

Western Liguria is a fascinating region of Italy, famous for its spectacular coastline, picturesque medieval villages and rich culinary culture. While many people choose to visit this region during the summer season, autumn offers an equally fascinating and unique experience. With breathtaking landscapes, pleasant temperatures and a relaxed atmosphere, autumn in Western Liguria offers visitors moments of serenity and discovery. In this article, we will discover five reasons why autumn is the perfect time to visit this beautiful region.

 

Breathtaking landscapes with autumnal colours

Autumn transforms western Liguria into a living picture with its warm and evocative colours. The region’s vineyards and olive groves are tinged with shades of red, yellow and orange, creating a unique colour spectacle. Coastal panoramas and sheer cliffs are even more fascinating with their autumnal hues, making each view an unforgettable postcard.

 

 

Mild and pleasant climate

During autumn, western Liguria offers a mild climate, with pleasant temperatures and sunny days. Temperatures drop slightly compared to summer, but are still warm enough to allow nice walks on the beach or excursions to the surrounding villages. This climate makes autumn an ideal time to enjoy the natural and cultural beauty of the region.

 

Fewer tourists and tranquillity

One of the main reasons for visiting western Liguria in autumn is the reduced flow of tourists compared to the summer season. With fewer tourists around, you can enjoy the region quietly and without queues or waiting. Medieval villages such as Noli, Finalborgo and Albenga are particularly charming during this season, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the history and unique atmosphere of these places without the summer hustle and bustle.

 

Local events and festivals

Autumn is also the season of local festivals and events in Western Liguria. During this period, many towns and villages host traditional festivals, food and wine festivals and cultural events. Visitors have the opportunity to taste local specialities, participate in folkloristic shows and immerse themselves in the authentic traditions of the region. One example is the “Olioliva” in Imperia, dedicated to the local extra virgin olive oil, a real treat for the palate.

 

Favourable offers and rates

As tourism decreases during the autumn, many hotels and tourist facilities offer favourable rates and special promotions to attract visitors. This makes autumn a perfect opportunity to spend a relaxing and experience-packed holiday, saving on costs and enjoying high-quality services

 

Conclusions

Western Liguria in autumn is a must-visit destination for those who want to enjoy breathtaking landscapes, authentic culture and moments of tranquillity. With mild weather, fewer tourists, local events and favourable rates, autumn offers a unique experience to immerse yourself in the beauty and richness of Western Liguria. Whether you are passionate about nature, culture or gastronomy, this beautiful Italian region will captivate you with its autumn magic.

What to do in Western Liguria with children

What to do in Western Liguria with children

Western Liguria is one of Italy’s hidden gems, boasting a spectacular coastline offering breath-taking views and a culture rich in tradition. This captivating region is also the ideal place to spend unforgettable moments with children, offering a wide range of fun and educational activities for the entire family. In this article, we will explore some of the best things to do in Western Liguria with children, making for a memorable holiday for both adults and kids.

Sunny Days at the Beach:

Western Liguria is well-known for its enchanting beaches, perfect for relaxing seaside days with kids. Places like Alassio, Varigotti, and Finale Ligure boast sandy shores and shallow waters, ideal for children to play in complete safety. Building sandcastles, swimming, and playing frisbee are just some of the fun activities that kids will love to do.

Exploring Medieval Towns:

Western Liguria is dotted with fascinating medieval towns, offering a journey back in time for the entire family. Borgio Verezzi, Finalborgo, and Cervo are just some of the towns that deserve a visit. Children will be captivated by the cobblestone alleys, ancient castles, and churches, where they can imagine being knights and princesses in an enchanted world.

Adventure in Natural Parks:

The region offers various natural parks perfect for adventurous days out with kids. The Alpi Liguri Natural Park, with its scenic trails and rich flora and fauna, is ideal for family hikes in nature. Additionally, the Adventure Park in Mendatica provides treetop trails, climbing and Tibetan bridges, offering an exciting challenge for the whole family.

Visits to Theme Parks:

For some family-style fun, Western Liguria also offers theme parks suitable for children. The Le Caravelle Water Park in Ceriale is a popular destination, with slides, pools, and water games for an amazing summer fun day.

Cave Exploration:

Kids will have the opportunity to explore wonderful caves and underground cavities in Western Liguria. The Toirano Caves complex is one of the most famous, with fascinating stalactites and stalagmites that will enchant both young and old. Guided tours offer insights into the history and legends associated with these marvellous geological formations.

 

Come to Liguria, fun is guaranteed for all ages!

 

Western Liguria is a magical and captivating place, perfect for an unforgettable vacation with kids. Beaches, medieval towns, natural parks, and caves provide endless opportunities for adventures, explorations, and fun for the whole family. This unique region will make you fall in love with its breath-taking landscapes and authentic Italian atmosphere, creating cherished memories that will stay with you forever.

 

What are you waiting for? We await you at the Relais del Maro: whether young or old, Western Liguria offers unique and unforgettable activities for all ages!

In the kitchen with Mamma Piera | Stuffed Genoese Cima Meat

In the kitchen with Mamma Piera | Stuffed Genoese Cima Meat

Preparation 45 min

Cooking time 2h and 20 min

Portions 6

Total Time 3h and 5 min

Calories 425

Ingredients

  • 1 breast pocket of veal, about 900 g
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 bay leaves. For the stuffing: 200 g minced veal
  • 200 g sweetbreads
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g breadcrumbs
  • 200 g chard
  • 3 tablespoons peas
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 50 g of lard
  • 40 g of Grana Padano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped marjoram
  • milk
  • salt

PROCEDURE

Prepare the filling: boil the chard in salted water, squeeze and chop it. Blanch sweetbreads for a few minutes in lightly salted water, drain and dice them. Mince the lard. Let the breadcrumbs soften in a bowl of milk and squeeze them out.

 

Gather everything in a large bowl, add the eggs and grated Parmesan cheese, minced veal, pine nuts, peas, marjoram, salt and pepper and carefully mix the mixture. With this stuff the veal pocket, sew the opening with white kitchen thread and tie the meat like a roast. Soak it in 3 liters of cold water along with the onion, carrot and bay leaves, place on the stove and cook, letting it simmer for a good 2 hours.

 

Drain the meat, place it between two plates, place a weight on top so that it has the typical flattened shape, and let it cool.

Why is Liguria one of the most beautiful regions in Italy to visit?

Why is Liguria one of the most beautiful regions in Italy to visit?

Liguria, located along Italy’s stunning northwest coast, is one of the country’s most charming and attractive regions. With its breath-taking landscapes, crystal clear sea, medieval villages and rich culinary culture, Liguria offers a unique combination of natural beauty and authentic Italian charm.

Once you arrive here as guests of our relais in Liguria, you will discover why this region is one of the most sought-after destinations in Italy.

One of Liguria’s defining characteristics is its spectacular coastline, which stretches over 300 kilometres. Its beaches of fine sand and pebbles overlook the Ligurian Sea, inviting visitors to relax in the sun and take a dip in the crystalline waters. In addition to popular seaside resorts such as Alassio, Sanremo and Portofino, Liguria is dotted with small fishing villages and secluded coves, offering tranquil atmosphere and unspoilt natural surroundings.

Liguria is also famous for its enchanting medieval towns. Cervo, Dolceacqua, Finalborgo and Bussana Vecchia are just some of the hidden gems found between the coast and the inland hills. These small towns are characterized by narrow cobbled streets, charming squares, ancient castles, and spectacular panoramic views. Exploring them means immersing yourself in the history and tradition of the region and living a unique experience.

Liguria is a land of contrasts, able to satisfy every type of traveller. If you are passionate about history and culture, you cannot miss fascinating cities such as Genoa, with its historic centre declared a World Heritage Site, or the medieval cities of Noli and Albenga, rich in architectural treasures and ancient atmosphere.

But the beauty of Liguria is not limited only to its coasts, cities, and towns. The Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-see attraction. Its cliffs overlooking the sea, the panoramic paths and the terraced vineyards create a unique and fascinating environment. You can explore the hiking trails that connect the five coastal towns of the Cinque Terre and admire breath-taking views along the way. The Portofino Regional Natural Park, with its rocky cliffs, panoramic paths, and rich Mediterranean vegetation, is also an ideal place for excursions and walks. Furthermore, the whole region offers a variety of outdoor activities for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. You can enjoy hiking, climbing, mountain biking and sailing, among other things. And the whole area also boasts a well-developed network of hiking trails, allowing you to explore its natural beauty in an active and engaging way.

Liguria is also known for its delicious cuisine. Pesto alla Genovese, prepared with fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, is one of the most famous dishes of the region. Also try the focaccia, the stuffed anchovies, the fresh seafood and the local wines like Pigato and Vermentino. Every bite will take you on a culinary journey where you can enjoy the authentic flavours and gastronomic traditions of Liguria.

In addition, Liguria offers a wide range of outdoor activities for nature and sports lovers. You can go hiking, climbing, mountain biking and sailing, among others. The region also has a well-developed network of hiking trails where you can actively experience the natural beauty of the region up close.

Liguria is a destination that captures the heart of every visitor. Its combination of breathtaking landscapes, cultural richness, authentic cuisine and warm hospitality makes it one of the most beautiful regions in Italy. Whether you are looking for relaxation on the beaches, adventures in nature or an unforgettable cultural experience, Liguria will welcome you with open arms and give you precious memories.

Liguria is also renowned for its delicious cuisine. Genoese pesto, prepared with fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, is one of the most famous dishes of the region. Do not miss tasting the focaccia, stuffed anchovies, fresh seafood, and local wines such as Pigato and Vermentino. Each bite will take you on a culinary journey that celebrates the authentic flavours and gastronomic traditions of Liguria.

But Liguria is also a land of events and traditions. Throughout the year, numerous festivals are held to celebrate local culture, food and wine and traditions. You will be able to participate in medieval festivals, wine tastings, religious processions and much more, discovering the authenticity and vitality of the region.

Finally, Liguria’s strategic position makes it an ideal starting point for exploring other Italian destinations. You can easily reach nearby Tuscany, with its cities of art such as Florence and Pisa or immerse yourself in the magic of the French Côte d’Azur.

Liguria is a destination that wins the heart of anyone who visits it. Its combination of breath-taking landscapes, cultural richness, authentic cuisine, and warm hospitality makes it one of the most beautiful regions in Italy. Whether you are looking for relaxation on the beaches, outdoor adventures or an unforgettable cultural experience, Liguria is ready to welcome you with open arms and give you precious memories. Plan your visit to Relais del Maro and get ready to discover one of the most beautiful regions in Italy!

 

 

A day in Sanremo: what to do

A day in Sanremo: what to do

Welcome to Sanremo, one of the gems of the Riviera dei Fiori in the beautiful region of Liguria. Known as the “City of Flowers” and famous for its mild climate all year round, Sanremo is an ideal destination to spend a day full of beauty, culture, and relaxation.

If you have decided to spend your holidays in Liguria, Sanremo is less than an hour’s drive from the Relais del Maro. Ready for a trip out of town? Get ready to immerse yourself in the elegant atmosphere of this charming coastal town!

Your day in Sanremo could start with a walk along the famous Via Matteotti, an elegant and busy street surrounded by luxury boutiques and trendy cafes. Admire the historic buildings and stop for a light breakfast in one of the traditional cafés. Taste a fresh croissant and an Italian coffee to start the day in the best way.

After a pleasant walk, head towards the heart of Sanremo, the Casino. This historic and impressive building is a true symbol of the city and is known worldwide for its glamour and atmosphere. Even if you’re not interested in trying your luck, it’s still worth a visit to admire its charming architecture and soak up its elegant atmosphere.

After the Casino, take a short walk to the Old Port (Porto Vecchio), a picturesque marina where you can admire the many yachts and boats. Relax on one of the café terraces and enjoy the sea view, watching the boats go in and out of the harbour. You can also take advantage of the opportunity to take a boat ride along the coast, admiring Sanremo from a different perspective.

At this point, it’s time to explore the historic centre of Sanremo, known as La Pigna. This charming labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets and stairways will take you back in time, with its colourful old houses and flower-covered balconies. Lose yourself in the narrow streets, discovering artisan workshops, souvenir shops and small traditional restaurants. Breathe in the authentic atmosphere of this historic district and enjoy its unique charm.

For lunch, stop at one of the local restaurants and taste Ligurian specialities. Enjoy a delicious focaccia, accompanied by a glass of local wine, and let yourself be tempted by fresh fish-based dishes, such as Sanremese-style cod or stuffed anchovies.

After lunch, take a moment to relax by strolling through the famous gardens of Villa Ormond. These beautiful gardens offer a panoramic view of the city and the sea, with their shaded paths, fountains, and exotic plants. Sip a coffee at the outdoor café and enjoy the tranquillity of this charming place.

To end your day in Sanremo in a memorable way, you cannot miss a visit to the Ariston Theater. This historic theatre is famous for being the venue for the Sanremo Italian Song Festival, one of the most important musical events in Italy. Take a guided tour inside the theatre, admire its architectural beauty, and learn about the history of this internationally renowned cultural event.

If you still have some time on your hands, take the opportunity to take a walk along the beach, enjoy the sunset over the sea and maybe take a dip in the crystal-clear waters. Sanremo offers equipped beaches and beautiful coves where you can relax and regenerate.

Sanremo is a city that will enchant you with its elegant charm, breath-taking views, and refined atmosphere. A day spent here will leave you with treasured memories and a desire to be back for more. Are you ready to live an unforgettable experience in the splendid Sanremo, the pearl of the Riviera dei Fiori? Do it from the Relais del Maro for a break of beauty and relaxation in an authentic and unique setting!