Levanto is a Ligurian town directly overlooking the sea and enclosed between Punta Mesco and La Punta di Levanto. It’s the first town by Monterosso, the last of the Cinque Terre, and for these reasons most of the people see it as the front door to visit the pearls of Liguria. There many different ways to get in these places as by sea, with several boats that every day leave from the pier; by car, by train, but also walking on the beautiful trails which rising on the sea, connect together Levanto, Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Maranorla and Riomaggiore.
All the old buildings in the town’s center, lots of museums and the art exhibitions always available as Cultura Materiale, tell the story of a rural cultural which is an important characteristic of Levanto’s history.
Some of the most beautiful places in Levanto are Via dei Forni (the road of Forni), which is an headquarter for the old shops and luxury mansions, the Monastery of the Poor Clares from XVII century (which today is a public building) and the path among the carruggi that from the sea lead to the XII century Castle on the top of the town of Levanto. From the Castel is possible to walk along the medieval walls until the St. Andrew Church and go back to the sea side walking to the Darsena, which is the old harbor of the town.
Part of the land of Levanto is in the National Park of the Cinque Terre, also called Parco dell’Uomo (Human’s Park) because it was the human kind to create this characteristically landscape, that was worth the title of World Heritage. The natural environment has been modified in order to allow for cultivation and today it is still unique for his kind. In fact the hills have been sized to be cultivated, and the numerous squared of pieces of lands are divided by characteristics dry-stoned walls that give to the lands the appearance of balconies.
For everyone that want to soak in the nature, Levanto offer many paths among olicìves and pines alongside the see. In particular the path from Levanto to Framura is a must: the path is created on an former train route and it is entirely in front of the see. The path is perfect also for motorbike riders.
Another path perfect for biking and hiking lovers is the ridge trail, also known as the red trail or “Alta Via of Cinque Terre” (Cinque Terre High Route). This trail is around 40 kilometers long, from Portovenere to Levanto the path starts from the sea level and goes up until the 800 meters of altitude and finally conclude at the sea level again.
Levanto position is perfect also for whoever loves surf, windsurf and bodyboard: the winds that blows on the coast provide perfect waves to practice these sports. The Protected Marina Area of Cinque Terre it’s an ideal place for diving. Diving and shop center are open through all the year and provide all the necessary equipment.
However, Levanto it is famous also for it is slow lifestyle and the gastronomic traditions. The numerous restaurants offer special seafood menu and meat menu, with the possibility to try the local DOp olive oil and the Dop wines produced in the valley. A typical and most recommended dish is the “gattafin”, a very tasty crumpet made with field herbs. Among the typical products of Levanto don’t miss out anchovies, honeys, pesto and the many desserts.