Genova, La Spezia e Sassari
Visit of the city and short excursion into the historic center that ends with a walk to the sixteenth-century Strada Nuova, now Via Garibaldi, and visit of some of the 42 Palazzi dei Rolli: Palazzo Tobia Pallavicino, Palazzo Lomellino, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Giacomo and Pantaleo Balbi, Palazzo Grimaldi Spinola di Pellicceria, the only example of a residence with original furnishings and the museum of Palazzo Reale with the Sala del Trono, the Ballroom and the Gallery of Mirrors. Possibility to visit the Apartment of the Hereditary Princes, upon request and booking.
In the morning guided tour of Palazzo del Principe, the largest and most sumptuous noble residence of the city of Genoa. The itinerary, through the princely apartments, ends in the monumental garden, a place of festivals in honor of illustrious guests. In the afternoon visit of the Aquarium of Genoa, with the new Cetacean Pavilion designed by Renzo Piano. Following a guided tour of the thirty certified Genoese historical shops, real treasures of architecture and traditions, with the possibility of shopping for excellent local products in prestigious rooms and medieval “caruggi”.
Departure in the direction of La Spezia with a stop in the famous bay of Portofino for a coffee and focaccia in the square. After the break, departure for the Cinque Terre. The day is dedicated to visiting the Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso) and Portovenere that can be visited on foot, along the spectacular trails that connect them, or by train. For those who love the sea there is the possibility all year to move by boat and enjoy unforgettable views. In the afternoon you can continue with the visit of Lerici, its Borgo, the Oratory of San Rocco, the Church of San Francesco and the imposing Castle of Lerici, seat of the Geopaleontological Museum, which presents dinosaur and tecodonti’s footsteps, lived beyond 200 million years ago.
Guided tour of La Spezia and Sarzana. Walk and visit to the historic center of La Spezia, entrance to the Civic Museum of Ancient Art and the Archaeological Museum in the Castle of San Giorgio. Possibility of visiting the Naval Museum, pride of the city, set up inside the military Arsenal. In the afternoon transfer to Sarzana, visit of the historic center with the Cathedral of Santa Maria, Via Mazzini with the ancient Via Francigena, up to Piazza del Comune. The itinerary ends with a visit to the splendid Fortezza del Sarzanello.
Departure for Sassari. If you are lucky enough to visit Sassari in the days around the middle of August, you will witness, as every year, for five centuries, the DISCESA DEI CANDELLIERI, or the great party of Sassari, which is celebrated just on the eve of Ferragosto and is a suggestive religious and costume appointment. The candlesticks are huge wooden candles – 300/400 kg of weight – cylindrical, carried on the shoulders and arms of eight bearers, under the direction of a candlestick head.
A party heard by the whole city. The crowd passionately follows the parade where the Candelieri, to the sound of the pipes and the drums, are made to rotate in dance step between two wings of the crowd, creating enthusiasm and a growing popular participation.
Check-out and return to the places of origin.