Sestri Levante

Its bays enchanted Hans Christian Andersen and will bewitch you too. In 1833 the famous writer renamed the west bay in Sestri Levante “Baia delle Favole” (Fairy Tales Bay), a lucky name which has made this small town famous. Since 1967 the Andersen Prize takes place here and it is devoted to the fantastic world of Fairy Tales. This event has transformed Sestri Levante into the town of kids, symbolized by the peculiar fountain in the public gardens. To the east of the bay is the charming Baia del Silenzio (Silence Bay), where the pastel coloured houses give life to sensational contrasts with the blue sea. On the promontory rises the “Torre Marconi” (a tower today part of a hotel), where the Italian scientist and Nobel Prize for Physics, Gugliemo Marconi, realized his experiments on radio waves. Between the two bays is located the Basilica of Santa Maria di Nazareth, with precious works by Genoese painters in the interior.