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Sunrise over Sestri Levante, Italy.
Sunrise over Sestri Levante, Italy.
(Alissa Walker/)

Italy’s secret seaside escape that most tourists know nothing about

When my college girlfriend returned from a trip to Italy, I asked what part of the country spoke to her most.

That special moment, she told me, was watching the sunrise from one of the hilltops in Sestri Levante in Liguria. Hearing about sun’s rays dappling the Ligurian Sea made it seem reposeful and idyllic, chimerical but real, in some ways unattainable. It was the first time I had heard the name of the little seaside town, but the vision was so appealing, so romantic, that I vowed I would go as soon as the chance arose.