The Genovesato (or Genoese area) stretches from the Grande Genova to the Paradiso Gulf touching the borders of Tigullio and the West. This idyllic area, thanks to its mild climate, its charming fishing villages and its gastronomic tradition, has always attracted visitors from all over the world.
Here the salty sea air, the myriad scents of woods, parks, gardens, flowers, streams and lakes, create a perfect blend of nature, history, art, culture, traditon, folklore and spirituality. Visitors walking through its villas, palaces, castles, fortresses, can breathe in its thousand year history, and from the walls of its sanctuaries, abbeys, churches and oratories resounds the ancestral religious spirit of its population .Every year people indulge in the traditional religious and folk festivals and costume parades renewing the ancient traditions which have been handed down from generation to generation. The local culinary tradition is tied to its climate and land, providing an abundance of seasonal ingredients for creative and tasty dishes.
For sporting enthusiasts the area also offers a wide range of outdoor activities, from water sports to hiking. The Genovesato stretches from the Paradiso gulf (from Bogliasco to Recco) and includes the inland valleys (val Bisagno, val Polcevera, valle Scrivia and val Trebbia)touching the borders of Piedmont, Lombardy and Emilia.
Situated right in the centre of Liguria, Genoa and its surrounding area have always been the heart and intellectual capital of the region.
The Gorzente is a stream that flows through narrow valleys of the Apennines between Liguria and Piedmont, forming a long path where the realization, in the nineteenth century, of three wonderful reservoirs has contributed not only to feed the Genoese aqueducts, but also to enhance the landscape, which used to be harsh and barren.
The lakes are: Lake Bruno downstream, upstream the Lake Lungo and the Lake Badana, the latter entirely in the Piedmont region, inside the Regional Park of Capanne di Marcarolo.
The church already existed in the 13th century. It was rebuilt between the 15th and 17th century. It has a painted façade, six marble altars and a choir frescoed in 1749.
Inside you can admire an altarpiece in inlaid walnut from the German school, dating back to centuries XV-XVI, a masterpiece by an unknown author, which is believed to have arrived to the church between 1749 and 1770. It represents scenes from the Crucifixion, the Deposition, the Burial and the Resurrection with the view of Jerusalem.
Recco is the gastronomic capital of Liguria and is known all over the world for its “focaccia col formaggio” (focaccia with fresh, curd cheese). The recipe is not a secret but making it is a skill which the ‘focacciai’ (focaccia makers) from Recco have perfected over hundreds of years. The focaccia with cheese from Recco is a true "gastronomic experience” and is becoming increasingly appreciated.
Villa Borzino, whose entrance is located opposite the railway station in Busalla, is one of the greatest examples of holiday homes built at the beginning of the century. It was designed by the architect Giuseppe Crosa di Vergagni on behalf of Cavalier Emilio Borzino, who wanted to draw the kind of patrician villa with a hint of the traditional Genoese tower, in imitation of the Florentine villas.