Levanto
Levanto, Italy. Photo by Valentina Benvenuto.
In a few words: Levanto is a wonderful base to explore both north and south of the Cinque Terre. Hike meandering trails through olive orchards and vineyards, taste magnificent wines high in the hills with sea views, walk or bike historic train tunnels by the sea from Levanto - Bonassola - Framura, pack a picnic lunch of bread, cheeses, and Prosecco, hop on a train to explore the Cinque Terre and be there in minutes or go north for more hiking in Camogli. (Text contributed by MBP member Lynda Atwood.)
Region: Liguria
Province: La Spezia
Size of Population: small town (btwn 3,000-10,000 residents)
Population Density: quite sparse (btwn 100-200 ppl per km2)
Considered the ‘6th sister’ of the Cinque Terre, Levanto is the gateway to the five lands and a hidden gem all its own. Levanto has the largest and most beautiful sandy beach and fantastic walking trails, open and accessible to all who visit. If you’re looking for an authentic experience, this is it; a place where Italians and Europeans come to vacation. You might go all day without hearing a word of English or seeing a selfie stick! Here, you can bike around the town and take open strolls along the promenade. The evening ‘passeggiata’ still exists here, and while the Italians sitting on the benches might not speak English, they will offer you their biggest smiles and welcoming hearts. The local vibe is real here.
 
Levanto is known for its spectacular sunsets, with great bars and restaurants on the beach where you can soak in every last ray of sunshine. It is also a well-known fact that the best Gelateria is in Levanto! With an easy 4-minute train ride to Monterosso, guests can easily access the Cinque Terre opening up a whole other range of beaches, shopping, and yes, more amazing food (& gelato). Without a doubt, Levanto is the more European and perfect base in which to explore the Cinque Terre. 

Text contributed by Paula Falconer, owner of Villa Valentina in Levanto

Member-submitted motto for Levanto:

Baciami buonanotte a levanto ❤️. Kiss me goodnight in Levanto

-submitted by MBP member Lynda Atwood 

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