Art and culture of Liguria are very much linked to its great maritime tradition, which has made it a cultural center for several centuries.
This characteristic of its cultural pole brought in the Maritime Republic of Genoa the masters Paul Rubens and Antoon Van Dyck, pupil of the first. Their stay, together with that of Caravaggio, will give life to the Genoese Baroque, which had one of its greatest interpreters in Bernardo Strozzi.
Food and flavours of Liguria are those typical of the Mediterranean cuisine, which combines sea and land products enhanced by the herbs of the Mediterranean and other products such as the fine olive oil. The olives, in general, are very present in Ligurian cuisine, in particular the olives taggiasche, typical of the province of Imperia.
Typical of Liguria is the pesto alla Genovese, a very famous sauce appreciated throughout Italy, obtained by pounding the basil, with oil and other ingredients, used particularly for trofie al pesto.
There are many places and tours in Liguria, many of which are linked to the sea. This is the case of Genoa, Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure, which are located in the territory of its province, but also Sestri Levante or Vernazza, a natural port of the famous five lands.
Other famous seaside resorts not to be missed are, in the west Ligurian Riviera, the Riviera dei Fiori and the Riviera delle Palme.
The territory of present-day Liguria was part of the Maritime Republic of Genoa for several centuries, precisely from the 11th to the 19th century. In Genoa, Liguria, was Christopher Columbus, a famous navigator to whom we owe the discovery of America.