The next of our local adventures was to Varazze, a “comune” in the Province of Savona. It’s what us Aussies would describe as a “beachy town”, and while it doesn’t exactly resemble any of Australia’s towns – or beaches – it has a distinctly different vibe to all of the other towns I’ve visited in Italy. Small but grand, full of history but with hints of a more contemporary vibe. I love it and would happily live there (typical — since I have expensive taste).
On driving past, you have the sea on one side and buildings on the other, not allowing you to see the inner workings of the town.
And what you don’t get to see from my photos, is the fact that it’s not only a beach town but also a surf town – despite there being no waves north or south of Varazze. In case you don’t believe me, I stole this example for you.
Even crazier is the fact that Varazze has regularly hosted the Vans “Off the Wall” Spring Classic skateboarding comp, attracting huge crowds to this tiny location. Check out the video below – quite a contrast from the dead quiet, freezing cold streets we experienced!
While there’s no need to stay all day (you can walk from one end of the town to the other in 5 minutes!) I highly recommend this as a stop for a lunch on a clear day. It’s absolutely beautiful, the food delicious, and better yet, off-peak it’s free from annoying tourists… like me… who stop every 5 metres to take a photo. 😉
Here are a handful of other pics from the day. Not many as it was challenging to take any decent shots with the alleys being so small and the buildings so tall!
That’s all folks. Hope you enjoyed this and learnt something new! x