The night of August 10th, also known as the night of San Lorenzo, is the period of the year during which you can see many shooting stars, thanks to the phenomenon of the Perseids. In popular belief, this meteor shower is often associated with San Lorenzon's tears.
So, in Liguria, the night of San Lorenzo is often celebrated on the beach, while in Genova, there are events linked to the saint.
In this article, you will find some ideas to celebrate the night of San Lorenzo in Liguria, from Genova to the Eastern Ligurian Riviera, the events, and the most beautiful places.
Night of San Lorenzo in Genova
Genova, during this night, opens its doors to visitors. Since it is dedicated to San Lorenzo, there are some initiatives that aim at linking the cult of the saint with shooting stars.
At the Diocesan Museum in Genova, you can take part in a visit to the artworks of the complex, which trace back the life of the saint. Then, the visit will end on the top of the tower bells, from which you can admire the starry sky and, maybe, some shooting stars.
In addition to that, another event that you have to take into consideration is at the Astronomical Observatory Righi. It will place at the disposal of visitors its telescopes, so you can see the stars and planets.
Among the other options, the beach surely represents one of the best places to spend the night of San Lorenzo. If you bring a blanket, you can sit under the stars and have a swim in the sea. The closest beaches to the center are Nervi and Quinto.
Night of San Lorenzo on Riviera di Levante
Riviera di Levante is the part of Ligurian Riviera that extends to East from Genova. One of the most suggestive places is surely Baia del Silenzio (i.e. Bay of Silence) in Sestri Levante. This bay is one of the most beautiful in Liguria, surrounded by the typical blue of the sea and the green of nature. You can bring a blanket and a snack, so you can sit under the stars and look at the sky with the sound of the sea in the background.
In Portofino, another beautiful and famous destination on Riviera di Levante, you can look at the sky from Parco Naturale di Portofino, where usually some excursions. On the other hand, you can also organize on your own and have a night there with your friends.
Lastly, there is Camogli, the typical fishing village with colorful houses facing the sea and a small harbor. The beaches nearby are particularly beautiful and romantic, which is why they are the perfect place to chase some shooting stars.
Night of San Lorenzo in Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre, the small fishing villages on Ligurian Riviera, have a special charm, thanks to their position, which has kept them hidden for many years.
With their colorful houses overhanging the sea, those villages are very romantic and, in some way, enchanting. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Monterosso, and Vernazza are the places where you can spend the night of San Lorenzo while looking at the stars and having fun. In fact, artisan and food stalls are set up, so you can stop there while walking and find something to eat or to buy as a souvenir.
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July 20th, 2021