The home of surfing
An ancient town in the province of La Spezia, Levanto lies in a valley covered with olive trees, vines and pine trees. It faces directly onto the sea, in a strip of land between the Mesco promontory and the tip of Levanto. Buildings of historical interest include the 13th-century Municipal Loggia of Levanto, the Parish Church of Sant'Andrea Apostolo, a remarkable example of Ligurian Gothic architecture with its characteristic façade of alternating bands of white marble and local serpentine, and the Oratory of San Giacomo, which stands next to the Church of Santa Maria della Costa.
The village, renowned among surfers, has some of the best beaches in the area. Among them, we recommend the beach behind the pier ('Via au Mô'), the Spiaggia della Pietra, ideal for families with children due to its shallow, sandy seabed, the Spiaggia da “Pipetta” and the Vallesanta beach with mixed pebbles, interrupted by the Bernardone rock that hides a small inlet.
In the area, there is an extensive network of paths connecting the village with the hamlets in a vast hilly landscape. One of the most famous is the one that connects Levanto with Monterosso and from there the other villages of the Cinque Terre.
Between 23 and 25 July, the town comes alive for the Festa di San Giacomo, also known as the Festa del Mare, with historical processions, flag-waving, a procession of crucifixes and a firework display.