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Liguria. Chiavari

o_l_g_a_r_i • 4 minutes read • July 18th, 2016
Chiavari appeared to be an absolutely non-touristic town, in my opinion. There is a beach (though, not a very nice one, but the sea is quite clean), but the charm of the town is not in it, but in old streets of the Old Town.
It seemed to me the town lived its own life, despite the presence of the sea. There are not a lot of hotels on the waterfront.
Tourists probably pass it by.
Of course, these are just my thoughts. Because the town made a good impression and it is not clear why there were not a lot of people.
First of all, it is the town of arcades!
I like it so much!!! I saw such constructions only on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
By the way, local arcades are very old - most of the buildings are from the 13th century.
I'll return to arcades but will start the story about a local botanical garden...
Entrance fee to the botanical garden was cheap...
Well, what should I tell you?
Should you go there?
Probably, not.
It looks more like a neglected park. Although, I think that it's possible to have a good rest there in the heat.
Worst of all is the case with their greenhouse. Absolutely everything there looked neglected... We saw just a small pond with water lilies and a couple of orchids. 
We found some strange, rusted, and ruined buildings in the park...
So you can see - there's nothing to expect from this so-called garden. On the other hand - if you don't expect something special, you can rest there...
And we went to the town - to take a walk through shops under arcades.
Houses and villas show that this town used to prosper once.
There is a permanent market in the center of the town. Usually, such markets in small towns open only once a week, but here it works every day (what I read in the guidebook, I hope the information is correct).
The town has several interesting churches.
For example, this one - Santuario di Nostra Signora dell'Orto (if I remember correctly).
Or this one, San Francesco (built in 1229-1234 years).
And another one...
Among other interesting places, there is Palazzo Rocca (with a gallery of Genoese art).
This is Palazzo di Giustizia.
Here is the waterfront and the beach.
And here are more pictures from there...
Author: O_L_G_A_R_I
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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