Italian Riviera Travel Guide

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ALong with exclusive and luxurious wines, unsullied seafood and a picturesque panorama, the Italian Rivera’s sights can only promise a perfect, leisurely getaway. Do ensure that upon visiting this global destination, you pay a visit to these sights:

Genoa: the center of it all

At the heart of the Italian Riviera lies the city of Genoa, also known as la Superba or “the Superb one.” Standing up to such a title, the city’s magnificence in art, music, architecture and history granted it the 2004 European Union “Capital of Culture.”

Of the grandest structures you must visit, the church edifices should be positioned at the top of your list. St. Lawrence Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo) is the city's main Cathedral, and constructed in a Romanesque-Renaissance style. Other prominent churches in Genoa include the Church of San Donato, the Church of Sant'Agostino, the Oratory of San Giacomo della Marina, the Church of Santo Stefano, San Torpete and the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, most of which are of Romanesque design as well.

Portofino: Beauty materialized

Considered to be the most beautiful of the Mediterranean ports, Portofino is in essence a small Italian fishing village located in the province of Genoa. However, since the 1950s this quaint town, with its tree-lined cliffs, magnificent oceanic views, and unparalleled delicacies, has been a go-to spot for stars and royalty.

A trip here would be incomplete without a visit to the Castello Brown castle, which offers breathtaking views of the harbor and town as well as a beautiful garden in which to stroll through, all whilst learning a great dose of Italian history within its walls. 

Cinque Terre

Noted for the beauty of its built terraces, the lack of its modern infrastructure, and its breathtaking coastline, the Cinque Terre lays in a rugged portion on the Italian Riviera. It is comprised of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. This area is known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The heavily terraced mountainsides of the Cinque Terre are used to grow grapes and olives, which are exported internationally. This area, and the region of Liguria, is known to be the pesto capital of the world.

Whether hiking town to town, lunching at outdoor cafes, or taking a moment of reflection in 400 year old cathedrals, unforgettable opportunities await you in the Italian Riviera.



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The Italian Riviera, an extension of the French Riviera, is dotted with mountains villages small and often secluded beaches (sandy to rocky) a wide range of hotels, entrancing scenery and remarkable culture. Visit several beaches and towns in the area: Each is different. If you are in the area, remember to visit Sanremo, the city of the flowers. A bathing and tourist resort set on the area comprised between Andora and Varazze is called Riviera delle Palme ": go to the detailed section for further information. South of Genoa is an excellent hiking area with a trail that leads through Cinque Terre five traditional coastal villages not easily accessible by car (they’re best reached by train or boat if not by foot): Riomaggiore , Manarola , Corniglia (which produces a fine white wine) Vernazza (a picturesque fishing village) and Monterosso (which fronts upon a long beach). The trail that links the villages hugs seaside cliffs and traverses vineyards and olive groves. You can always hop on the train that connects the region to La Spezia (to the south) and Levanto (to the north) if the hiking becomes too tiring. And if you have a little extra time there are a number of lovely small medieval churches on the hillsides overlooking the villages. 150 mi/250 km long from Ventimiglia on the French border to Livorno in Tuscany. The Ligurian Riviera is dotted with towns like Ventimiglia, Sanremo, Alassio, Villanova d'Albenga, Ceriale, Finale Ligure, Spotorno, Noli, Savona, Albisola and Albissola, Celle Ligure, Arenzano, Pegli, Rapallo, S. Margherita in the Paradise Gulf, Portofino, The Tigullio Gulf, The Cinque Terre and La Spezia.
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