Loano is a Roman town in Liguria, and it is one of the most famous touristic resort of the “RIVIERA DI PONENTE”, thanks to its good weather all year round and its nice landscape along the sea but also in the countryside.
Along the famous “Caruggio” (the historical pedestrian street) you can go shopping in many different shops. In the historical centre you can admire old buildings decorated by fresco paintings or you can stop to one of the workshops where you can buy typical products and handcrafted objects. We suggest you to walk along the beautiful seaside promenade with its palms and gardens.
The WIDE BEACHES of Loano are equipped and also free.
The TOURISTIC HARBOUR " Marina di Loano" recently rebuilt, is the starting point for many interesting trips by boat, such as whale watching and the trip to the Gallinara Island. From the harbour you can also sail, surf, dive or take water sport lessons.
The Roman Bridge (via Pontassi), the Church of San Giovanni Battista (1633-1638) on the main square Piazza Italia; the Church and the Cloister S.Agostino (via Pasubio), of the 16th century.
Always in Piazza Italia you can admire the Town Hall of the 16th century, where you can see the beautiful roman mosaic of the 3rd century. In the square Piazza Rocca, the Richeri Palace.
On the Mount Carmelo a wonderful Sanctuary (and its Cloister by stone) of the beginning of the 17th century overlooks the town and the coast. The Doria Castle (1289) is situated in the medieval hamlet and it was the dwelling house of the old noble family from Loano.
On the promenade the “Little House of the Fishers of Loano" and the "sea museum of loano and the western coast" keep old sea objects and tools.
The most important EVENTS during your holiday in Loano
At the beginning of July there is the Festival of the Sea, to recall the pirates attack to Loano in 1637: the sea is full of lights, many crucifixes are carried by the local fishers and the statue of the Madonna walks in procession along the town streets up to the sea. On 15th August there is the “Party of the Basure (the witches)”: you can meet astrologers and fortune tellers.
Moreover, the fireworks in July and August, several events for children, typical food markets and local handicraft markets. Weekly market takes place on Friday: stands fill Vallerga Square and all along street delle Caselle. You can find there gastronomic specialities, home products, clothes, toys, leather goods, food. It’s open every day (not on Saturday and Sunday) the fruit and vegetables market with first and fresh products. It takes place along the crossing of "Aurelia" street and " Via dei Gazzi" street, from 8,00 to 1, 00 p.m.
TYPICAL DISHES of Loano
The local dishes and the Ligurian Kitchen in general, are characterised by a mix of sea products and agricultural products. Among the local appetizers, we suggest you to taste the typical Panissa and Farinata, a sort of fried bread with chick-pea flour; the Cappon Magro, with lobster and sea bass and season vegetables, cold served, is the most traditional dish, which in the past was considered a poor dish prepared by the wives for their fisher husbands, the Torta Pasqualina (Easter salty cake with vegetables) is another delicious appetizer.
Pesto is the most famous Ligurian sauce and it is ideal with different types of pasta: trenette, trofie, gnocchi, borage ravioli (a particular local aromatic herb), pansotti (big stuffed pasta) with nuts sauce, “zemin” (chick-peas and pork soup), typical soup from Genua. Among the second courses, fried whitebaits (very little fried fishes with lemon, olive oil and pepper); salt cod (dried salt codfish) with potatoes, cuttlefishes with artichokes, stuffed sardines, stuffed breast of veal (vegetables stuffed roast meat).
Among the fish main courses, ”linguine allo scoglio” with seafood, or pasta with octopus, and so on... Among the fish second courses, fish fry, grilled fishes, gilthead in salt crust, swordfish with pine nuts and olives... Among the desserts, you can taste “Baci di Loano” with chocolate and nuts. In our region you can also drink different types of wine, particularly the white wines, such as Vermentino and Pigato.
Loano has received the Blue Flag award even for 2013!
Every year the FEE recognizes the blue flag to 41 countries that have made big efforts caring for the environment without compromising that. Loano is awarded with the Blue Flag since 2010! This prestigious international award is a joint initiative between UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) and UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation).
Sports for all tastes
Well-being, health and relaxation, Loano, European Town of Sport 2010, offers more than an opportunity to enjoy a physically active holiday, with individual offers, services for "camps" and sport stages. A Sport Hall with basket and volleyball, the indoor swimming-pool, the outdoor Olympic swimming-pool, tennis courts, football grounds and the bowling-alley, a new sport stadium under construction, are the highlights of the town as far as sport is concerned.
Many sport activities such as beach volley, sailing and surf, can be practised on the sand and in the sea. There are also many cycling itineraries and, for those who love excitement, there are speleological itineraries or rock climbing. A few kilometres from Loano is Garlenda where you can find an exclusive golf course and horse riding centres.
Have a look of the following pictures and come and visit Loano!