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Liguria is on the north-west coast of Italy, overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Liguria is bordered by France to the west, Piedmont to the north, and Emilia-Romagna, and Tuscany to the east. This narrow strip of land is bordered by the sea, the Alps, and the Apennine Mountains.

Separated by mountains from the rest of Italy, and warmed by the green-blue waters of the Mediterranean, Liguria enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate year round, an ideal area for growing flowers, grapes, lemons, and olives. Rain is quite variable and more abundant in autumn and winter.

Lush vegetation, a mild climate and mountains that meet the sea, what more could a holiday ask for? Known as the Italian Riviera, the region stretches from the French border to Tuscany. Liguria’s coastline is one to remember— lovely beaches that alternate with rocky promontories, small coves, calm bays, and sheer cliffs that plunge into the sea. Sophisticated resorts, medieval towns, quaint fishing villages, and bustling ports dot the landscape.



Sailing, Windsurfing, and Water Sports: In Liguria you can find perfect conditions for water sport enthusiasts to kite surf, windsurf, and sail.

Diving: You can practice diving in the protected marine areas of the region. There are also diving centers that assist scuba diving fans with all the necessary equipment during their visits through Liguria’s fantastic sea depths. In all diving centers it is also possible to follow diving courses of all levels and certifications.

Golf: Enjoy golf throughout the year with the Four Season Golf pass, which will allow you to freely enjoy Ligurian golf courses throughout the year. The four best 18-hole courses of the green region are located in Sanremo, Garlenda, Cogoleto, and Rapallo.

Walking and Trekking: Liguria is a treasure trove of sites to see, if you’re interested in taking the slow way round.  From ancient paths and roads, to paved streets, and itineraries among the hills, Liguria has everything you need to. From the mountains to the sea, Liguria is a tangle of trekking paths.

Hiking: If testing your endurance is more your speed, Liguria has an extraordinary hiking route that crosses all of Liguria, from Ventimiglia to Ceparana. The Alta Via of the Ligurian Mountains allows you to discover extremely interesting natural scenery, and vast panoramas that offer views of everything from the Ligurian Sea to the Island of Corsica, the Maritime Alps, and the Apennine Mountains.

Bicycling: A region known for its natural landmarks is the perfect opportunity to have the best environmental holiday. Liguria is a cyclo-tourism paradise with everything from rolling hills, mountains, azure oceans, and national parks.

Mountain Sports: If you’re looking to get a little extreme on your holiday, Liguria is not short on adrenaline pumping activities. If you’re looking to ski, whether it’s hitting the slopes or traversing the hills with cross-country skiing, there a several trails to blaze in this mountainous region. If you’re more into the physical sports, try mountaineering, paragliding, hang gliding, or free-climbing, and test your endurance.


Genoa: Visit the capital of Liguria, Genoa, a multi-faceted city that is a culmination of the ancient with the modern. As a major port, this city revolves around the sea— its culture, places, food, and buildings all tell the story of the old Maritime Republic.

The ancient atmosphere permeates the air. Take a walk among the carruggi, the narrow alleys of the old town of Genoa, and explore the many wonders it holds. Visit one of Genoa’s main attractions, the Aquarium. One of the most complete and technologically-advanced marine life centers in Europe, the Aquarium was designed by famous Italian architect Renzo Piano. Venturing inside the Aquarium is like taking a portal into an entire marine world. Here you’ll find dolphins, seals, sharks, and colorful fishes of all shapes and sizes that create a breathtaking view for both adults and children.

Other than the Aquarium, visitors can also enjoy the Hummingbird Forest, the Biosphere, the Galata Maritime Museum and a panoramic lift that shoots up to 131 feet above sea level.

Riviera dei Fiori: Riviera di Ponente (the coast of the setting sun), extending westwards from Genoa to the French border, is famous for its particularly mild climate which, together with the charm of old fishing ports, and the beauty of its landscape, has made it a popular destination for travelers and tourists. Many villages and towns in the area are internationally known, such as Portofino, Bordighera, Lerici, and the Cinque Terre.

The part of the Riviera di Ponente centred on Savona, is called the Riviera delle Palme (Riviera of Palms) and the part centered on Sanremo, is the Riviera dei Fiori (Riviera of Flowers), after the long-established flower growing industry.

The inland mountains have hilltop villages and offer hiking and numerous caves to explore.
Sanremo is the city of flowers known for its grand Casino and its celebrated Italian song festival.
An important tourist center, for decades it has preserved the Art Nouveau charm of its streets, studded with fashionable shops and clubs. Flowers are the star of both the city and its economy.

Its small harbors and docks face a lively green coast that does not lack for ancient treasures: Medieval stone villages, sanctuaries, outstanding panoramic vistas, and many residences surrounded by gardens and parks planted with centuries old exotic plants; the most famous among them is Villa Nobel.

Portofino: As a summer home destination to the affluent and the aristocracy, Portofino is an out of sight and almost inaccessible, hidden ancient fishing village that has become an internationally renowned symbol.  Here you will find an exquisite town square, the symbol of Portofino, with its colored houses, and a marina with its fairytale yachts. The church of Saint Martin is also an attraction in this area worth a visit. Ascend up to the promontory where you’ll see the church, the castle of Saint George, the Brown Castle, immersed in magnificent gardens, and dozens of dream villas are dotted among the olive trees.

For nature lovers, the ideal excursion is through the Portofino Natural Park, which provides a network of paths heading towards the mountain or halfway down the coast, with breathtaking views from the promontory.

Rapallo: This is one of the largest municipalities on the Eastern Riviera. The 16th-century castle overlooking the sea is only one of the many sites to see here. Rapallo is an important international tourist attraction because of the high quality hotels, and its important cultural events. Some religious buildings of importance are the collegiate church of Santi Gervasio e Protasio, the church of Santo Stefano, the church of San Francesco with its recently restored altarpiece, and the Oratorio dei Neri, with its 15th-century tower.

La Spezia e Golfo dei Poeti: The gulf has always attracted and enchanted great celebrities and renowned artists, like the Latin poet Perseus, Dante, the Romantic poets Mary and Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and such modern authors as Marinetti, Pavese, Sereni, and Marguerite Duras.

From Montemarcello to Porto Venere, the views of untarnished nature, old churches and monumental castles overlooking the sea, as well as gracious villas and colorful fishermen’s cottages, are a sight to see.

La Spezia is situated at the center of a bay and the site for the navy arsenal. Worth visiting are the castle of San Giorgio, the church of Santa Maria Assunta and the Lia Museum.

Le Cinque Terre: Le Cinque Terre (The Five Lands) is the name of a district that encompasses five glorious small coastal towns— Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. The inhabitants of Cinque Terre benefit not only from its pristine waters, but also from its natural environment, where wild nature is interspersed with vineyards, olive groves, and citrus orchards.

Monterosso: Venture to Monterosso, an ancient village located atop a hill that offers an unrivaled panoramic view of the entire area. The main tourist attractions of Monterosso include: the Old Castle, the Church of Saint John the Baptist, the Convent of the Capuchin, and finally, the Statue of Neptune, called the Giant, majestically guards the coastline from on high.

Riomaggiore: Riomaggiore is Cinque Terre’s most famous town, as well as the closest town to La Spezia. Riomaggiore is the start of the world famous hiking route, carved out of rock in the early 20th-century, and leading to Manarola where we have the famous Via dell’Amore (Way of Love). Another route not to be missed is the Sentiero Azzurro (Blue Trail), traversing the National Park of le Cinque Terre.

Vernazza: Vernazza, the old town, is home to defensive structures, elegant architecture, decorative portals, and elaborate colonnades running between the narrow lanes converging on the main piazza, adjacent to the picturesque small port. The Parish House of Saint Mary of Antioch, the Doria Castle and the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Reggio are Vernazza’s main tourist attractions.

Manarola: Manarola is positioned at the top of a steep cliff and is made up of generous soil, terraces, vineyards, and orchards. Tourists can enjoy awe-inspiring landscapes from the Punta Bonfiglio headland, or from the churchyard of Sanctuary of Nostra Signora della Salute di Volastra.

Corniglia, situated at the top of a peninsula, is home to the production of excellent wines, such as the Cinque Terre DOC, the Pollenza, and the very well-known Sciacchetrà.




Ligurian cuisine is typically Mediterranean: olive oil, vegetables, mushrooms, and aromatic herbs. These are accompanied by a wide range of wines that are produced from grapes grown on the sunny local hillsides.

Pesto: Known throughout the world as a fragrant-green basil sauce this gastronomic specialty is a symbol of Ligurian cuisine throughout the world. Originating in Genoa, pesto traditionally consists of crushed garlic, basil, and European pine nuts blended with olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Fiore Sardo (cheese made from sheep’s milk). This versatile condiment is typically served with pasta, but can also be added to Minestrone soup, served on beef-steak tomatoes, or with roasted potatoes.

Buridda: Buridda is a traditional western Ligurian fish stew, made around Le Cinque Terre.

Cima: Cima alla Genovese is a classic Ligurian stuffed breast of veal, and is a standard dish of Genoa Christmas menus, though it can also be enjoyed in the summer months, because it’s served sliced, cold.


Sanremo Music Festival: Every February Sanremo hosts the Festival di Sanremo (Sanremo Music Festival). This singing competition dates back to shortly after WW II, and is more recently a competition to discover who will take part, representing Italy, in the world famous Eurovision competition.

Torta dei Fieschi: August 14, the village of Lavagna comes to life with dance and music commemorating the event of the Torta dei Fieschi (the Fieschi’s cake), where according to the legend, on Count Opizzo Fieschi and Bianca de Bianchi’s wedding day in 1230, he invited his guests and everyone else in town to share a cake that was more than 30 feet high. Now, in honor of his generosity, each year the town celebrates the event by dressing in costumes and parade around town. The feast ends with a gigantic cake located in the middle of the square Piazza Vittorio Veneto.

The traditional cake is offered only to those who have found his or her anima gemella (soul mate), a matching that occurs when two people find each other and have matching  colored tickets.  The aim is to find the person of the opposite sex with an identical ticket so you can romantically receive your slice of Fieschi cake together.

Sagra del Pesce di San Fortunato:  In the small village of Camogli, just east of Genoa, there is an annual festival, Sagre del Pesce di San Fortunato (Fish Festival of Saint Fortunato), the patron saint of fish. The festival takes place on the second Sunday of May each year and is a fantastic experience, well worth visiting on a spring vacation to Italy.

The festival is in honor of the saint for looking out for the local fishermen while they are at sea. The night before the festival is a massive fireworks display, followed by a bonfire building competition. Two districts compete to build the tallest and most impressive bonfires on opposite sides of the beach. Each one is connected to the steeple of the church by a fire wire which is used to light each fire simultaneously in the most spectacular fashion. The day of the event witness and taste locally caught fish as they’re fried up on the harbor in the world’s largest frying pan, and handed out to all.

El siglo de los Genovesis: El Siglo de los Genovesis (The Century of the Genoises)  One of the major events of the year it’s a stunning exhibition of paintings and precious objects held at ‘Palazzo Ducale’ of Genoa.

The Genoa International Boat Show: One of the world’s premier boat shows, held annually in Genoa during the month of October. The exhibition takes place at Fieristico as well as parts of the old town and port of Genoa.

Euroflora: Celebrating the floral abundance of the region, expect to be amazed at the Euroflora event. Held in April every four years in Genoa, come and enjoy exhibits with flowers and plants both Italian and international competing for prizes. The next Euroflora will be in 2017.

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