from Boccadasse to Capolungo
The kayak tour along the coast of the city of Genoa and nearby
The villas behind the parks of Nervi, valuable examples of luxurious mansions and now owned by the municipality, are home to important museums and collections: the GAM Gallery of Modern Art, the Plum Museum, the Luxoro as well as the collection of modern art Wolfsoniana. These prestigious cultural institutions are part of the municipal curcuit of Genoa Museums.
Despite the chaotic urban development of the 1960s, the eastern part of Genoa still has important environmental and architectural features that can be particularly appreciated from the perspective of the sea.
The route along the coast, from the inlet of the ancient fishing village of Boccadasse to Nervi, is rich in beautiful natural settings, buildings of architectural value and important historical sites.
Starting from the characteristic port of Boccadasse, once a landing place for fishermen, today more and more a destination for tourists and Genoese for the clubs that overlook the beach, we immediately skirt the Cape Santa Chiara dominated by the medieval castle Türcke.
In succession you will find a series of small bays protected by brushes of rocks that represent easy landing places for boats: the port of Quarto, that of Quinto (place names that recall the distance in Roman miles from the center of Genoa) and finally the characteristic port of Nervi. From the port, dominated by a small castle, the famous "Anita Garibaldi" promenade starts, which runs along the rugged cliff to the small seaside village of Capolungo, the last hamlet of the Municipality of Genoa. This stretch of coast is one of the most famous of the Ligurian coast and the view from the sea enhances its beauty. Along the stretch, after a bathing establishment sadly in ruins, stands a beautiful sixteenth-century watchtower, called Groppallo tower, named after the family who bought it in the mid-nineteenth century, but also known as the "tower of hay" because of the wet grass that was burned to warn of the arrival of Saracen pirates from the sea. The Levante genovese enjoys a particular microclimate being the coast protected from the mountains behind. In the nineteenth century this characteristic climate was particularly appreciated by the rich international nobility who made Nervi a first-class tourist destination, as evidenced by the large hotels, now mostly residences, and the Art Nouveau villas that surround the parks.