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Liguria. Fairytale Sestri Levante And Fary Tale Writer Andersen

o_l_g_a_r_i • 4 minutes read • July 18th, 2016
Here's another town - the pearl of the Ligurian coast. In my list of the best places, it is the second one after 


This is not Cinque Terre - there are no crowds of tourists.
Well, maybe there are tourists in Sestri Levante in August, for example, but here the tourists are local - the Italians. 
Geographically, the town looks quite originally - a small peninsula divides it into two parts with beaches on both sides. One beach is in the old part of the town, another - in the new.
We parked at the end of the waterfront of the new part of the town and couldn't understand at first where the second beach was. We were walking and walking until we saw another beach between the houses by chance (it is in the picture above).
This beach (of the Old Town) looks like it is from the old Italian movies! It is so authentic and charming.
And it's very cool that people come here with their own sun umbrellas, so in the evenings, it's just a fishing village. It's so nice.
I'm not sure which of the beaches is called Baia Delle Favole - "the fairytale harbor" or "the harbor of fairy tales". I'd like to believe that it is this beach because I did not like the other one.
The beach is named so in honor of the Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen who lived here for some time in 1833.
He was very fond of traveling in general and loved Italy in particular!
He said a wonderful phrase - «At rejse er at leve» ( "To travel is to live" )...
And I think he chose this town for a reason. It's impossible not to like it - such a little pearl that is still not discovered by foreign tourists... Just beautiful!!!
By the way, Andersen festival has been held in the town in May for over 40 years. And many well-known Italian writers got awards here for their work.

And another beach, on the right side of the peninsula, is just one of those with sun umbrellas and sunbeds which I do not like.
But, as you can see, the sand on the beach is so-so...
This town is quite old - known since Roman times. However, it was called differently.
The current name was mentioned by Dante in his Divine Comedy.
For some time, the town belonged to 


and many local rich people used to own houses there.
Some still remained to this day. It is very pleasant to walk around the town - there are a lot of beautiful buildings...
And here are more pictures from there...
Author: O_L_G_A_R_I
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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