Lavagna is known as the town of the Fieschi family, an important tourist meeting point in the Gulf of Tigullio and a characteristic village of the East Riviera, in Liguria, it overlooks the River Entella, in a scenic background of an alluvial plane with a wide sandy area.
It is embellished by an evocative frame of olive groves, pines and chestnut trees, sheltered by its very clear sea, it hosts a sandy beach that runs for several kilometres, in one of the most appreciated landscapes of the area. The village, together with Chiavari is almost part of a single residential area, on the opposite shore of the stream that marks the administrative area between the two municipalities.
It borders to the north with the village of Cogorno, to the west with Chiavari and to the east with Sestri Levante, they are divided by Sant’Anna’s tunnels.
Lavagna includes four hamlets, Bararri, Cavi di Lavagna, Santa Giulia di Centaura and Sorlana.
It is at just half thirty kilometres from Genoa and a little bit more from La Spezia, the town is famous for the Blue Flag received in 2008, for the quality of its waters and also for slate mining and its manufacturing, this activity started well before the Roman age in the valley near the inhabited area.
At two steps from Lavagna, the verdant heart of Val Fontanabuona, the shady trails of the Ligurian Appenine and territory rich in traditions that goes from Recco to Moneglia, passing through the internationally known places such as Portofino, Camogli and Santa Margherita.
It takes just a day or even less to visit the whole town, starting from the promenade situated in the medioeval heart, where there is the gate of Santa Caterina Fieschi square, that closes the village to the north, stretching towards the porticos of Via Nuova Italia that lead to the hinterland and where there is the road to San Salvatore, in the municipality of Cogorno. Walking along the old paths of Lavagna you will be brought back n time, in a scented garden or in the sketch of a view of the end of 1800, admiring evovative postcards that you won’t even imagine, behind the famous dry walls and the mediterranean maquis that surrounds them.
Lavagna is divided into several areas that have the name of the old districts in which the town was divided, at the time of the Fieschi family. Starting from the town centre and dividing the areas of the port towards Chiavari, we have the distric Moggia, that is the one of the inner part of the town, the district Ripamare and the district Cavi, that overlook the hamlets located on the hill, Santa Giulia, Solara and Barassi.