Ligurian Sea

The Ligurian Sea is an arm off of the Mediterranean Sea, between the island of Corsica and the Italian Riviera. The Sea is most likely named after the ancient Ligures ( people.

The bordering countries of this sea include Italy, Monaco, and France. Eastwards, the sea borders the Tyrrhenian Sea, while westwards, it borders the Mediterranean Sea proper. Genoa is the most well-known city within the area. The coast towards the north is noted for the beauty of the views and the favorable climate.

The northernmost point of this sea is the Gulf of Genoa. The sea receives the Arno River from the east and many other rivers that start in the Apennines. On the rocky coasts of the Ligurian Sea lie the ports of Genoa, La Spezia and Livorno.

The sea reaches a maximum depth of more than 2,850 miles northwest of Corsica.

In order to protect the numerous cetacean species in the Ligurian Sea, the bordering countries established the sea as a SPAMI in the year 1999.

Image Caption: Palmaria Island Italy. Credit: Brianza2008/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)