All over the Riviera, in the firs days of the year, it’s time for Cimento d’inverno: a day when people gather on the beach to tackle the cold sea waves and swim as much as they can, and considered a good luck act for the year. Cimento d’inverno actually means “winter bold act”, in Italian, and although the Mediterranean is not a very cold water Sea, in January it can definitely be quite freezing. Not this year though, when the sun keeps shining warm on La Spezia and the Riviera, making even more people than usual doing the Cimento.
The Cimento is particularly traditional among people of small seaside villages villages, who have been doing it for decades now, and consider it an important gathering and partying appointment also for those who now live away and come for the festivities and, of course, for the Cimento.
From the 1 of January to the 6th, you might see Cimento happen on many beaches around La Spezia, such as in Portovenere, Le Grazie, Lerici, San Terenzo, Tellaro, Levanto.
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