Liguria’s long, narrow, curved stretch
of coastline lies on the Ligurian Sea and is
overlooked by the Maritime Alps. The wilder, picturesque Levante
Riviera has the seaside gems of Portofino and Portovenere.
Agriculture - Stock-farm-
The formation of the ground limits a lot of agricultural activity,
the very narrow cultivable part has already been used by the industrial
establishments and by tourist fittings. There is a favorable climate,
that allows some narrow but very profitable crops such as the
cultivation of flowers,ornamental plants, fruit and vegetables.
The most diffuse products are: tomatoes, artichokes, asparaguses,
fish, apricots especially in the plain of Albenga, oil in Oneglia,
wine in the Five Earths and in the Imperia zone of . All these
products are very limited and they don't constitute source of
profit for the Region. Even if the whole population lives in the
coast, fishing has been of little importance in the economy of
Liguria, because of the composition of the backdrops in some coasts,
that immediately fall to forbidden depths, for the few types of
fish that can be found, such as Sardinians, clearances and anchovies.
Industry - Tourism:
The more zone industrialized of the region is found between Genoa
and Savona. In Genoa we find the steelworkses and the shipyards,
to Savona there are more industries, chemists and oil refineries.
Imperia is developed in the light industry: oil and feed. La Spezia
is center of the OTO-Melera, a war industry. Scattered in the
whole zone are the alimentary industries. Tourism constitutes
one of the most important activities of profit of the region.
The coastal places are facilitated by the mild climate, from the
luxuriant vegetation and from the beaches, many Italian and foreign
tourists will recall. As with every tourist place overcrowding
is a danger regarding ecological and environmental threats. Hotel
structures, camping, roads, and care for the environment, distinguishes
the Coasts as one of the most beautiful places in Italy.
Position and Frontier:
Liguria is found in the slope of the tirrenico Alps, Marittime
and Appennino Ligure; it has a conformation of a narrow arc that
forms the Gulf of Genoa. It borders to north with Lombardy and
Emilia Romagna, to east with Tuscany, to south it is bathed from
the Ligure Sea and to west it borders with France.
Rivers - Lakes:
The rivers of Liguria are above of torrential character. The principal
are Roja that begins in France and leads in the press of Ventimiglia,and
Impero which flows to Oneglia, and Arroscia that flows to Albenga,
Letimbro in the zone in Savona. The river Vara is the longest
of and meets with Magra in Tuscany. Also notible are Tanaro, Bormida
and Scrivia that are born from Appennino Ligure and meet in Po.
The same is for Trebbia and Staffora.
The climate is mild thanks to the sea breezes that refresh in
summer and mitigate in winter and to the mountainous chains that
protect the coast from northern colds. This climate is ideal for
an evergreen vegetation as the maritime pine, the ulivo, the palms,
the cypresses and the laurel.
Although all mountainous, this is not earth of mountaineers, but
of dealers and sailors. Liguria is densely a populated region,
but the greatest part of it resides along the coast, where the
principal cities rise. Half of the population is concentrated
The railway net is one of the points of strength of the communications
of Liguria; it connects all the clearings of central Italy, southern
from Florence and further north that arrive from Milan going toward
the Blue Coast in France. Along the coast is the street Aurelia,
built by Romans to reach Gallia, while parallel to Aurelia the
highway that reaches her Spezia and colleague Sestri Levante-Genova-Savona-Ventimiglia
which then continue in the French territory from Pisa races. There
are other highways that connect Genoa to Milan, Savona with Turin
and Spezia to Parma. From Genoa there are the principal lines
of a ships port for Sardinia and the harbors of the countries
of Mediterranean. The principal airport is situated in Genoa-Sestri.