What to see in Sestri Levante

Sestri Levante: 3 things to see absolutely

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Sestri Levante: 3 things to see absolutely!

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This is our definitive guide to Sestri Levante, famous all over the world, with the two bays and its wonderful corners.

If you are planning a tour in the Ligurian town, remember to visit as many places as possible among them.

Sestri Levante, Baia del Silenzio
The Bay of Silence, in Sestri Levante – Photo by Alessandra Frumento, from our Facebook Group

You will be surprised by the incredible variety of emotions that Sestri Levante will be able to make you feel!

There is so much to do and so many things to see! We grouped them all – for simplicity – in just 3 points. 😉

Sestri Levante, Baia del Silenzio
Sestri Levante in summer – Photo by Ina Zukauskiene, from our Facebook Group


1️⃣ The Historic Center

A visit to Sestri Levante start from Largo Colombo , with its “oval” shape and the majestic presence of Palazzo Fasce (photo 👇 below).

Sestri Levante, Palazzo Fasce
Palazzo Fasce – Photo by Patrizia Avanzini, from our Facebook Group

Built at the beginning of the 20th century, in medieval style, completed with a crenelated tower, it was bequeathed to the city by the Knight Vincenzo Fasce. Today, it houses the municipal library and the Musel.

Let’s continue in via XXV Aprile, the central alley of Sestri Levante, the real heart of the village.

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Sestri Levante, via XXV aprile
Strolling through the Caruggi of Sestri Levante – Photo by Michela Macelloni, from the Facebook Group

Among shops, facades and colored ones, we arrive at the arch of Vico del Bottone (from where – following Salita della Mandrella – starts the hiking path to Punta Manara) and then at the intersection with via Palestro.

Sestri Levante
Not bad Sestri Levante from above, right? – Photo by Salvatore Castiglione, from the Facebook Group

Taking via Palestro, you will reach – in a few steps – the Torre dei Doganieri, built in the sixteenth century by the Republic of Genoa, the church of San Pietro in Vincoli – built in the seventeenth century for the Capuchin Friars – and the Rizzi Gallery.

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2️⃣ The Bay of Silence and the Bay of Fables

Let’s continue in Via dei Cappuccini, (photo 👇 below) which flows into the wonderful Bay of Silence. It is a 😍 unique and enchanting place in every season, known all over the world.

It overlooks the turquoise sea, where the colorful buildings that border the beach are reflected.

Sestri Levante, via dei Cappuccini
Via dei Cappuccini – Photo by Claudio Fasce, from our Facebook Group

On both sides, almost to “close” the Bay of Silence, we find two convents.

Via dei Cappuccini, leads to the convent of the same name and to the church dedicated to the immaculate, the Convent of the Capuchins. It is located in an extraordinary panoramic position, overlooking the bay. It was built at the end of the 17th century.

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Sestri Levante, chiesa dei Cappuccini
Chiesa dei Cappuccini – Photo by Luana Biagetti, from our Facebook Group

The Church of the Immaculate Conception has its greatest element of interest in the valuable altar and beautiful wooden furnishings.

Sestri Levante, chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata
Church of Santa Maria Immacolata – Photo by Giusy Ferrari, from our Facebook Group

In “Ponente”, on the opposite side of the Bay, in the Portobello area (Photo 👇 below), stands out the façade of Palazzo Negrotto Cambiaso, built in the second half of the seventeenth century, for the Durazzo family, one of the most important families of the ancient Genoese aristocracy.

Sestri Levante, Portobello, Baia del Silenzio
Baia del Silenzio, Portobello area – Photo by Claudio Fasce, from our Facebook Group

At the end of the peninsula, the bay is closed by the bulk of the former Dominican Convent of the Annunziata (photo 👇 below), founded in the fifteenth century. 

Today, it is the seat of the Fondazione Mediterraneo.

Sestri Levante, Convento dell'Annunziata
Convent of the Annunciation from the drone – Photo by Salvatore Castiglione, from the Facebook Group

Going up the steep road to the Levante peninsula, we find the remains of the walls, built by the Republic of Genoa in the twelfth century and, on the left, the ruins of the Oratory of Santa Caterina (photo 👇 below).

Sestri Levante, Oratorio di Santa Caterina
Ruins of Santa Caterina – Photo by Daniela Soncina, from our Facebook Group

The building was built in the fourteenth century. It was almost completely destroyed in WW2, by the bombing of 1944.

On the top of the peninsula, surrounded by greenery, dominates the medieval church of San Nicolò dell’Isola (photo 👇 below), built by the Genoese in the mid-twelfth century. 

A restoration from the early 1900s, has restored the building to its original appearance.

Sestri Levante, chiesa di San Nicolò
The Church of San Nicolò – Photo by Nicoletta Specchia, from the Facebook Group

Interesting. is the marble relief above the side door, with geometric and floral motifs, dating back to the eighth century.

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The peninsula is dominated by two buildings that now house a hotel. 

The twentieth-century Villa Gualino, built on the remains of the medieval Genoese fortifications and, inside the park, the famous Torre Marconi .

Torre Marconi a Sestri Levante
Torre Marconi – Photo by Dante Bergamini, from our Facebook Group

Here, the inventor Guglielmo Marconi carried out some experiments.

This is the last trace of an ancient system of sighting towers, against the incursions of Saracen pirates.

Sestri Levante, Chiesa di Santa Maria di Nazareth
Church of Santa Maria di Nazareth – Photo by Giusy Ferrari, from the Facebook Group

Wandering around the historic center, the neoclassical basilica of Santa Maria di Nazareth is also worth seeing, with the altar by the Genoese scultor Francesco Maria Schiaffino and the Holy Christ to which the inhabitants are very devoted, and the Town Hall.

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The Palace was already documented in 1675 as the Bishop’s Palace and still retains the typical spaces of a Baroque aristocratic residence.

Sestri Levante, Baia delle Favole
La Baia delle Favole – Photo by Pino Ceccarini, from our Facebook Group

Let’s now head towards the sea, on the side opposite the Bay of Silence. Here is the famous Baia delle Favole, with its large and welcoming sandy beach, which in summer hosts numerous beach clubs.

It was thus renamed by the anchorman Enzo Tortora, in 1960, during an episode of the Campanile Sera, famous TV program at that time.

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3️⃣ Punta Manara and Punta Baffe

Let’s now leave the sea and go.. up high.

We head to the promontory of Punta Manara, which divides Sestri Levante from Riva Trigoso. Here, there is a network of well-marked paths that allow – for young and old – to admire splendid views and to make pleasant and easy walks.

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Sestri Levante, Punta Manara
What a view from Punta Manara ! – Photo by Giusy Ferrari, from our  Facebook Group

The end of the Promontory, which can be reached on foot, is called “the telegraph” and is located about 180 meters above sea level.

It was once a lookout point and, more recently, the seat of the optical telegraph. 

From here, the view extends from Tuscany to France and, in the days of the north wind, you can see clearly Corsica.

Sestri Levante, salita della Mandrella
What a view from Punta Manara! – Photo by Giusy Ferrari, from our Facebook Group

The easiest access is from the historic center, from Vico del Bottone . Continue uphill of the Mandrella , having two solid red squares as a signpost .

Punta Baffe, on the other hand, is located at the eastern end of Riva Trigoso Bay.

Torre di Punta Baffe, Punta Baffe, Sestri Levante
Punta Baffe Tower – Photo by Emanuele Esu (staff)

From here, you can go towards Casarza Ligure or follow the two itineraries, one higher and one lower, which lead to Moneglia .

In 2004, the Promontory was devastated by a terrible 🔥 fire.

Riva Trigoso
Riva Trigoso, seen from the Punta Baffe trail – Photo by Giorgio Emme, from the Facebook Group

Even today, the signs are clearly visible, but some strips of vegetation have been saved and, in some areas, the Mediterranean scrub is regaining possession of the land.

The best known and most popular path starts from the cemetery of Riva Trigoso, and leads to the turret, which was part, like that of Punta Manara, of the sighting system in defense of pirate raids, set up starting from the sixteenth century.