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.


It is certain that the most ancient costal tribe was the “Liguri”, the tribe which inhabited the coast between Punta Mesco and Portofino was the “Tigullii”. These people lived a seminomadic life on account of lack of open space, and, from the tops of the hills, were hunters gathered, they became later fishermen.
The Romans had great trouble dominating them. The Roman army needed a strategic road crossing the lowland between the hills and the coast, which eventually became the famous Via Aurelia.



Between Punta Moneglia and Punta Rospo, the beaches are separated by stretches of rocks going right down to the sea, softened by scented pines and Mediterranean undergrowth. At Punta Manara along the vertical cliffs, where the backwash rumbles, there are numerous inlets and caves, L’Orto dei Preti, La Valetta, La Ruspea.



One of the most important places wis the Castle(or fortress) of Monleone, on the lower hills, west of Moneglia. It was said to have been built in 1173, when it was named in a Genoese edict that ordered the construction of various castles for the defense of the Republic against attacks of the rival Malaspina and Saracen pirates.


Accommodation, Tourism And Events

The association Felice Romani is named after a poet and literary figure, librettist writer loved by Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti.
It organizes the principal cultural events in Moneglia which are classical music concerts, well known locally and also in the rest of the Region.The association has contributed to the restoration and valuation of the principal cultural locations of the district, for its own and other initiatives.



The first courses in Moneglia are close to the Genoese tradition, the king of which is pesto. This is a sauce made from pinenuts, basil, olive oil and sour cheese added first, and later parmesan cheese. It is eaten with homemade pasta, in particular trofie, a local speciality.



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Explore the Baie del Levante

It is commonly said that Liguria is a rough and mountainous territory, a narrow crossroad with trails facing the rough fishy sea. This is partly true, but also the opposite is true, in fact where the territory of the Cinque Terre ends, the land becomes easier to cross, leaving behind steep slopes and straw yellow vineyards, in fact we find coves and beaches alternated to cliffs and dreamy bays.
We identify this pleasant interlude of lands, worthy, yet still not fully acknowled, like the neighbouring Cinque terre, with the name Baie del Levante – Eastern Bays