Around Italy: Sestri Levante
Sestri Levante is a charming little town at the Ligurian Riviera approximately halfway between Genoa and La Spezia. We were very lucky to get here before a big storm and we had a chance to explore the historical beauty of this town and try some delicious food at local markets.
The Bay of Silence (Baia del Silenzio) is one of two bays located in Sestri Levante, on the coast of the Ligurian Sea of the Italian Riviera. I have to admit that November is not really a good season to travel here. If you like to get some sunshine you have to come back in the summer or at the beginning of the fall. If you here in November, be sure you have rain boots on and umbrella with you.
We’re near the southern part of the beach, where you can find a typical local fishing boats "Gozzi“ and sculpture of a fisherman pulling the net from seawater.
A perfect stop to eat something on the fly is Panificio Luca 3. Always open without break for the midday break, or closing festive, that’s very unusual for Italians. You will find here a medium-high product quality. Large shifts of staff, clean, smiling, friendly and quick. Small prices and a lot of choice, sandwiches of every type and filling! Everything is fresh and done at the moment. If you want you can also drink wine or beer. Panificio Luca 3 makes exceptional focaccia, a Ligurian bread speciality. I would recommend a selection of different focaccias including the traditional one with salt and olive oil, the one with onions which is delicious as well as the one with tomatoes.
Our plate was filled with Torte di verdura, frittelle di baccalà’, acciughe ripiene, farinata di ceci, funghi porcini sott'olio di oliva and torta pasqualina. The food was absolutely delicious! We also bought some pesto sauce and pasta to make Trofie di castagne al Pesto Genovese for dinner. I think you will never find better pesto sauce then here in Sestri Levante!