Pietra Ligure owes its name to the rocks overlooking the bay and the surrounding hills and where, between the seventh and eighth centuries a.d, was built the castle.
Then, quickly became one of the most famous seaside resorts of the Liguria.
Around the beautiful "Piazza San Nicolò", develops the historical center, one of the most architecturally interesting and typical of Liguria with its alleyways, the squares, the arches, the old buildings and the workshops. The large and well equipped sandy beach, the promenade with palm trees and flower gardens, numerous businesses, bars and restaurants, cinema, theater, tennis courts, football field, the botanical gardens and green areas, are a wide range of services suitable for all needs and all ages.
During the year, there are many events, which attract many tourists and make your stay more pleasant in Pietra Ligure, in every season. Among the most important: "Festa del Miracolo di San Nicolò" with the fair, the procession and fireworks; Bimbingioco, June and late August, with games and theater performances for children; "Dolcissima Pietra" in September, sales, exhibition and tasting of sweet specialties from all over Italy.
In May, every three years, there is the appointment with "Pietra Ligure in Fiore" and every year, on the Sunday before Christmas, "Confuoco", the traditional bonfire of laurel. For sports enthusiasts: "Thriathlon Olimpico", one of the most popular events on the national scene. Classic summer events are the "Festa dell'Assunta", in August, with the fair, the fireworks and the lighting of the sea with thousands of candles.
The last Sunday of every month the streets and squares of the historic center come alive with "Pietrantico", the market of old and second hand furniture, while every Saturday there is the typical market.
In the nearby "Ranzi": "La sagra del Nostralino", 10 to 14 August, one of the most popular food festivals of Liguria; "Birra & Nostralino", every first weekend of September, with typical Ligurian cuisine and German specialties