If You reach Liguria from the north of Italy, You'll be surprised, by the landscape appering suddenly behind the paeks of the Apennines: the greyness of fog fades away, the sky turns to blue and the waves of the sea hangs out from the horizon. In a while the headland of Arenzano appears in all its radiance to disclose the beauties of the Western Ligurian Riviera.
Arenzano stands on an inlet of the Ligurian coast, closed to the West by the Cape of Punta San Martino, a natural terrace above the sea that today hosts the tourist harbour and a golf club. The mountain spurs surround the town from the North and are so close to the coast line to outline a suggestive landscape with breathtaking views on the gulf. This is the closest point where the Apennines come to the sea.
The town was an historical fishing village but due to its particular orography, which mitigates the climate, and to its lucky geographical position, located at the very centre of the Ligurian coast, gradually turned into a seaside resort. Around the end of the eighteenth century became a fashionable tourist attraction. The noble manors (Villa Gramatica, Villa Figoli and Negrotto Cambiaso Parks) prove a prestigious past. Thanks to the high quality of its life, in recent years Arenzano has become a residential centre and it stands out among the Ligurian centres with a positive population trend.
The town is worldwide known for “Bambino di Praga”-(Infant Jesus of Prague) Sanctuary, one of the most popular worship centre in Liguria. The Sanctuary “N.S. Annunziata delle Olivete” (1700), located on a picturesque hill among olive trees, witnesses the sailors’ ancient devotion to the Virgin. The baroque church of SS. Nazario e Celso (1600), partially rebuilt after the Second World War, is placed side by side to the Santa Chiara Oratory (1500). Not far from the centre You can see the “Casone”, a seventeenth century factory characterized by an overturned hulll-shape roof. The rebuilt building is now home of Muvita, the first science centre in Italy, a museum devoted exclusively to the study on relationships among man, energy and climate.