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Alassio

The harbour and its famous Wall

Albissola

Artists' promenade

Albissola, home of ceramics

Artisan masters since more than 500 years

Arenzano

The Marina and the museum of technologies and the environment

Bajardo

And its Celtic feast

Balzi Rossi

The cliff, the cave and the little beach

Boccadasse

A small seaside village

Bordighera

The tourist harbour and a walk around

Finalborgo

And the prehistory prince

Genoa old wharf

The heart of the Genoa Old Port

Genoa: art in the city

Luzzati Museum and Via Garibaldi

Genoa the Aquarium

Syusy and Zoe, between sharks, dolphins and manatees

Genoa il Galata

The Museum of the Sea and the submersible Nazario Sauro

Genoa the Lantern

One of the most significant places in the city

Imperia: Villa Grock

Syusy visits the eccentric clown Grock's home

La Spezia naval museum

A journey in the history of navigation

Pertini's Stella

Patrizio visits the town where President Sandro Pertini was born

The road of love

The romantic coast of La Spezia, Riomaggiore

Manarola

The Cinque Terre national park

Monterosso

Montale's hometown, in the Cinque Terre national park

Noli

The fifth maritime republic

Pontremoli: Museum of the Stele Statues

What do we know of our prehistory?

Portofino

The village, the history and the park museum

Porto delle Grazie

And the tradition of ancient boats

Porto Venere

A treasure in the Gulf of La Spezia

Riomaggiore, Manarola e Monesteroli

Cinque Terre national park: turism, land and agriculture

Dragut castle

...and the assault of 1549

Sanremo: the Ariston Theatre

A guided tour with Walter Vacchino

San Fruttuoso

Il Cristo degli abissi e l'Abbazia

San Terenzo: Villa Shelley

Back in time to the first '800

Savona

Walking through the history...

Tellaro

Mario Soldati's hometown, literature and trekking

Valloria

The town of painted doors

Santa Margherita Ligure

Mayor and village. And the Imperial Hotel!

Alassio

Log book


Adriatica is about to enter Alassio harbour, enwrapped to the north by a crown of mountains that seems to be able to protect it from the winds. Although it ensures natural protection, Patrizio asks the commander of Alassio harbour, Elisabetta Pirami, for further information on the winds that prove critical at the entrance. The winds of the first and fourth quadrants are very critical, and hence the southeast and east ones and, in winter, also the northeast one. You need to be careful naturally keeping to the middle of the access channel.

With them there is also the manager of Alassio harbour, Marino Agnese, and Patrizio asks him for information on some technical aspects like the maximum size of boats that can enter and the number of available places: Alassio harbour takes boats in transit up to 35 metres long and resident ones up to 30 metres. There are 550 boat places including fishing units, state boats, resident boats and boats in transit. Among the services provided there is mooring assistance with a dinghy, and then there are shops, two boatyards, a bar, a bar restaurant and ... a disco! There is a bilge disposal centre with a facility for separating any oils from the water. From the meteorological point of view there is a weather station that you can consult on the internet and a local weather station for the area from Saint Tropez to Elba including Capo Corso.

Having said goodbye to his two hosts, Patrizio meets Sergio Gaibisso, president of Alassio harbour, who introduces the sailors that frequent the area: “Here we have a big community of sailors because there is a tradition of regattas. We have participated in world cups of all classes. Besides, here every year there are events that belong to a circuit of national regattas and therefore the meeting is regularly repeated between our people and those that come from outside. It’s the most beautiful thing of the sailing sport.”

Patrizio points out that Liguria has invested a lot in the creation of new harbours, prompting his interlocutor to say his opinion about it: “We say something,” Sergio Gaibisso answers. “For a start we have arrived late compared to the French because help has been missing by the institutions, for bureaucratic reasons. Let’s not forget that eight, ten kilometres away we have an airport and the motorway is really near. Developing some tourist structures is also in the interest of the economy of the area.”

The infrastructures are there, the port structures too. Let anyone who wants to go by boat speak up!

 

The harbour provides the following services:

  • Financial services - ATM
  • Health transport
  • Wi-Fi
  • Maritime bureaucratic services
  • Laundromat
  • Bilge disposal
  • Sea rescue
  • Short-stay car park
  • Long-stay car park
  • Post
  • Broker services
  • Catering services
  • Pharmacy
  • Services for animals
 
 

The Alassio wall

Syusy meets the artist and gallery owner Mario Berrino, the animator of the artistic evenings of Alassio in the 1950s, who in the postwar period invented and inaugurated the extraordinary tradition of the Alassio wall! A long wall, today to all intents and purposes a “pop art work”, on which over the years famous characters passing through Alassio have sealed the moment by leaving their signatures in the form of coloured ceramics tiles. The first one to leave a sign was Ernest Hemingway, in love with this place and an assiduous holidaymaker here ... Since then the honour of having a tile on the wall has been granted to many well-known writers, artists, and other characters ... also instigating a certain competition to “be there!”

How did the idea come into being? At the beginning Mario Berrino preserved the signatures in a paper album, but when the album was stolen from him he felt it was a good idea to think up something that was it impossible to take away: the wall! Characters passing through then began to leave their dedications on sheets that Mario gave to the Albissola potters to turn them into artistic tiles to set in stone! Over the years Mario has also discovered a great truth: the more important characters are, the more modest they are ... The “war for the tile at all costs” is an unequivocal sign of undeserved notoriety!

Syusy is convinced of it: the Alassio wall really is a work of outdoor pop art. And to think it came into being as ... an anti-theft device!