Rosie has written the only in-depth guide to Liguria, a mountainous region of dizzy passes and breathtaking views, where mountains plunge down into the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean. Liguria will leave you awestruck by its beauty.
Inland there are giddy mountain passes and remote hilltop villages. It's a destination that mixes a chance to get away from it all in a remote mountain valley with the glitz of the Riviera.
The narrow strip of coast includes the gems of the world famous Italian Riviera, the glitzy resort of Portofino and the charms of the Cinque Terra. At its heart sits the great port city of Genoa which has one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe and was the powerhouse of the Middle Ages. Genoa is fast becoming a popular destination for a city break.
With a strong regional identity all of its own, Liguria is almost a country within a country. The spectacular scenery, the medieval towns, quaint fishing ports and the wonderful food have attracted some of the world's most famous writers, among them Byron, Mary and Percy Shelley, Henry James, Dickens, Maupassant, D H Lawrence, Virginia Woolf and Dylan Thomas.
Tourists flock to the Cinque Terre and Portofino, but many of the other resorts have few foreign visitors so Liguria has the best of both worlds to offer - the big names on the Mediterranean destination list and mountain villages and small fishing ports which are almost exclusively Italian.
Rosie also describes in detail the wonderful food on offer and gives some simple recipes.