On the eastern Riviera, east of Genoa, lies the small town of Moneglia. The area is of unquestioned beauty, at the end of the Petronio valley; the town has maintained its seafaring atmosphere, the hills nearby can be explored on horseback, and there is a sophisticated bistro to visit at midday.
Not by chance the name of the town is derived from the latin “monilia”, meaning something precious. Situated on the Gulf of Tigullio, it is famous for its pleasant climate, typically Mediterranean,and for the quality of life and tourism, holding its name high, as much as for the quality of its sea waters. This is the same as that of Casarza Ligure and Sestri Levante, and for the uneven rocky coast of Deiva Marina, equally as evocative, which lies near Moneglia , towards La Spezia. Moneglia lies on a small bay, closed in by two headlands, among olive groves and vineyards. To the west is Punta Moneglia, a wild pine wood, where you have to keep to the foot-paths, and to the east is Punta Rospo, near to the residential area of Lemeglio. The district includes Bracco, Casale, Camposoprano, Corneglio, Crova, Facciù, Lemeglio, Littorno, San Lorenzo, San Saturnino and Tessi.
The nearest airport is Cristoforo Colombo in Genoa, less than an hour away. Alternatively there is Giuseppe Verdi in Parma, or San Giusto in Pisa, respectively 91 and 94 kms. from Moneglia.
By land: the motorway to take is the A12 Genova- Livorno, going towards La Spezia, exiting at Sestri Levante, take the direction for Riva Trigoso. The road goes through the ex-railway tunnel, after the tunnel the road for Moneglia has a traffic light that controls the traffic in alternating directions, changing to green at 15, 35 and 55 of each hour, for about 10 kms. At the exit of Deiva Marina, the traffic light changes at 0,10,20,30,40, and 50 of each hour.
A particular feature of Moneglia is its central position on the coast between the gulf of the Poets and the Cinque Terre to the east, and Rapallo, Santa Margherita and Portofino to the west.