Liguria surprises every visitor with the impressive diversity of landscape that can coexist in such a small region: impressive mountains, rolling hills, golden beaches and vibrant cities all combined together in this narrow strip of land that stretches in an arc from the French border to Tuscany.
The most convenient airports to get to Liguria are Genova “Cristoforo Colombo”, Pisa “Galileo Galilei” and Nice “Côte d'Azur “, easily reachable with a short train ride.
A good train and bus service helps connecting with the smaller destinations.
The first place one must visit is of course Genova, a multi-faceted city where the glorious past of the old Maritime Republic is still reflected in every corner. You can breathe it while walking among the “carruggi”, the narrow alleys of the old town; you can taste it in the traditional dishes and see it in the beautiful palaces of the Renaissance. A visit of Genova cannot neglect a stop at one of the most technologically advanced marine life centres in Europe.
After visiting Genova, take some time to explore the 300km long coast of Liguria: the Cinque Terre and the Gulf of Poets, the Gulf of Tigullio, the Riviera delle Palme and the Riviera dei Fiori will strike you with the beauty of the land and of the rugged coastline. One after another, the famous tourist resorts of Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Sestri Levante and Chiavari will reveal themselves to you.
Then comes Portovenere, with its typical colourful buildings that mix with the deep blue of the sea, and Lerici with its grand Medieval castle, elegant villas and lush gardens.
Heading west of Genoa you will meet the Riviera di Ponente, dotted with resorts like Sanremo, famous as the city of flowers and of the Italian Music Festival.