Today we take you to Bonassola, our pretty little neighbor who has less than a thousand inhabitants and an area of about five kilometers, but who knows how to bewitch with her landscapes.
Bonassola is a short distance from Levanto (about 6 kilometers by car) and rises between a verdant territory of vineyards and maritime pines with a gulf and a very wide beach for Ligurian standards. These characteristics mean that Bonassola is a perfect destination for those seeking rest and tranquility and also for those traveling with children.
Its history is ancient and still uncertain, despite this it has been ascertained the human presence long before the Roman colonization in lands of the Ligurians. Today this seaside village owes its development to tourism-related activities.
From Levanto to Bonassola: how to get there
Bonassola is easily reachable from Levanto by train, it is only one stop on the Genoa-La Spezia route and a 4-minute journey. If you can, avoid using the car (especially in high season) because parking is limited and alternatives are at hand.
In addition to the train, in fact, a unique way to reach Bonassola from Levanto is through the cycle path on the ancient railway line on the waterfront, also known as the Maremonti Cycle Pedestrian Path.
From Levanto to Bonassola: what to see
Bonassola is usually frequented for the crystal clear sea and the beach framed by the green of the Mediterranean maquis and for taking a stroll in the charming city center with colorful Ligurian-style houses.
Furthermore, the hamlets behind the beach and the village are very pretty. The municipal area, in fact, consists of eight historic villages: the inhabited center and the hillside hamlets.
If you are looking for breathtaking views, we recommend a walk to two truly suggestive panoramic points: the Madonnina della Punta with its little pink church overlooking the sea and, on the opposite side, Punta del Carlino, which can be reached by a narrow path on the sea immersed in tall pines. Another beautiful view can be seen from the Castle.
The baroque church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria is the parish church of Bonassola and preserves several sculptural and pictorial works. Another nice church to visit is the former oratory of Sant ‘Erasmo built at the beginning of the sixteenth century, now deconsecrated and used as a museum hall for conferences and exhibitions.
Events in Bonassola
Among the most important events taking place in Bonassola is the Feast of the Madonna del Rosario on the first weekend of October. It is a religious festival combined with markets and fireworks.
For Corpus Christi, generally at the beginning of June, there are several celebrations, religious and non.