down on the thin land strip of an enchanting
peninsula, rich of mediterranean vegetation,
Sestri Levante shuts in the Gulf of Tigullio
arch facing east and offers the most typical
expression of the Ligurian landscape.
It is also known as "the city of the two
seas" for the historical built up area extends
as far as a peninsula separating two gulfs.
The "Baia del Silenzio", eastwards,
faced by the historical area buildings and, facing
west, the "Baia delle Favole" so named
by Hans Christian Andersen, to whom it is dedicated
the annual literary award, where also lies the
touristic port of Sestri Levante.
Besides the Romanesque church of San Nicolò,
the historical area rich of 15th century buildings
with the typical slate doorways, Sestri offers
an important picture-gallery – the Galleria
Rizzi – that keeps precious paintings of
the 17th and 18th century, and several villas
of the same age perfectly preserved.