The town of Sestri Levante is surrounded by stunning landscape, its peninsula creating a natural divide between the Bay of Silence and the Bay of Fairy Tales, which contribute to making this one of the most beautiful destinations in the region. A town of art and culture, Sestri Levante is famous for its fine, sandy beaches, yet the beach which best encapsulates the soul of the place is situated in Riva Trigoso. Every day, fishermen go forth from the beach to hunt their catch in the open sea, a ritual that has changed little in centuries, as if a prayer to ask the sea to give generously. The water is undoubtedly what makes a trip to Sestri Levante memorable, with visitors able to try out sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, swimming and even diving, in order to explore the wreckage which has laid off Sestri since the Second World War. Not to be forgotten is the town’s link with the world of literature. In the 19th century, one regular visitor to Sestri Levante was Hans Christian Andersen, who loved this traditional, seaside town. By way of tribute, Sestri has a children’s literature prize named after the celebrated writer.