Liguria and the Italian Riviera

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Liguria is first and foremost a traveler’s paradise for hiking, beach-going, and eating. Now, some might say this is the point of traveling to Italy, but the “Italian Riveria” hosts particularly beautiful and walkable segments of Big-Sur like coastline, top-of-the-line white wines and is THE origin of everyone’s favorite pasta sauce—pesto—as well as famed Italian foccacia bread. Christopher Columbus was a native, and Marco Polo was once imprisoned for many years in the city of Genoa. It is at the region’s center and is historically a strategic and desired port city—now a strategic and important traveler’s hub with a major train station. These days Genoa houses a large university—founded in the 15th century—and the culture that comes with it. You can find excellent nightlife, art, music—even Europe’s 2nd largest aquarium within the city. All around the region you will find opportunities to purchase pickled and otherwise preserved goods such as mushrooms, olive oils, pestos and spreads, vegetables, wines, and truffle products, which are available widely in Liguria mostly due to the close geographic proximity to Piedmonte, a major hub for both white and black truffles. The most noted area of Liguria is Cinque Terre, or “Five Lands.” This is the region most frequented by travelers—five fishing towns connected by hiking trails and train lines along incredible beaches; each of which seems to be pastel and falling off its beautiful cliff into the deep blue sea below. The area is an easy day trip from cities in nearby regions such as Turin and Florence, and has enough to offer to keep one busy for a week or more.


Top Destinations in Liguria and the Italian Riviera

Alassio

Albenga

Ameglia

Arenzano

Bordighera

Borgio Verezzi

Camogli

Castellaro

Castelnuovo Di Magra

Celle Ligure

Chiavari

Corniglia

Diano Castello

Diano Marina

Finale Ligure

Garlenda

Genoa

Imperia

La Spezia

Laigueglia

Lavagna
Lerici

Levanto

Loano

Moneglia

Pietra Ligure

Porto Maurizio

Portofino

Portovenere

Quiliano

Rapallo

Rocchetta Nervina

San Bartolomeo Al Mare

San Remo

Santa Margherita Ligure

Sestri Levante

Spinetta

Spotorno

The Cinque Terre

Varazze

Varigotti

Ventimiglia

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