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Liguria Holidays

Holidays in Liguria will introduce you to charming villages of unadorned beauty, places where you can get to know the locals and embrace their slower pace of life. If you prefer a life of luxury, visit swanky resorts with chic bars and restaurants and neatly moored super yachts.

Liguria, also known as the Italian Riviera, has a strong regional identity, a deep sense of culture and tradition and is one of Italy’s smallest regions. Its narrow crescent shaped section of coast, which lies between sea and mountain, stretches from Ventimiglia near the French border to Tuscany, further down the coast. With the mildest of climates, it is an all year round destination, ideal for couples.

As you travel throughout the region you’ll discover a cornucopia of colourful Art Nouveau buildings, beautiful beaches, elegant parks and gardens and some of the finest coastal walks. Historic abbeys, churches and monuments, a window to a time long gone, are also available in abundance. There are bars, restaurants and entertainment to suit all tastes. For foodies there are lots of local specialities to try, whether you’re dining on the beach or on a roof terrace with spectacular views. 

Explore Liguria like no other

As the region’s capital and largest city, many holidays to Liguria will start in Genoa, a historic port city and the birthplace of navigator and explorer Christopher Columbus, the city’s most famous son. Here you can explore Porto Antico, the original harbour, now an area filled with bars, restaurants and other visitor attractions. Alternatively, see the Centro Storicio di Genova with its narrow streets and place on the Unesco World Heritage list.

Join in some of the many festivals or public events across the region on your Liguria holidays. Take in the Sagra dei Limoni, the Lemon Festival, in Monterosso, Santa Margherita’s Festa di Primavera, the Spring Festival or one of the most unusual, the festival dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen in Sestri Levante.

If you’re feeling energetic, you could walk in the Cinque Terre, take the long walk to Rapallo’s hilltop Sanctuary of Our lady Montallegro or take to two wheels on Diano Marina’s Riviera dei Fiori. Of course you might choose just to relax, enjoy a drink and take in the view.
Destinations in Liguria
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Genoa
Genoa takes you to a place where history effortlessly melts into a modern and dynamic cityscape. The mid-sized Ligurian capital offers stunning sights, a maze of winding cobblestone paths and family owned hotels and restaurants where visitors are greeted with gregarious Italian hospitality. 
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Alassio
Holidays in Alassio were once a regular fixture on the tourist calendar but in recent times it has regained its hidden gem status.
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Chiavari
Chiavari is a quintessentially Ligurian town. Set on the seafront south-east of Genoa, its houses are decorated in the vibrant reds, oranges and yellows that you’ll see all along the coast here.
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Diano Marina
Holidays to Diano Marina are a perfect introduction to the Liguria area of Italy, which is also known as the Italian Riviera.
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Monterosso
Monterosso is the biggest of the five Cinque Terre villages. It’s split into two halves – the west side is more modern, while the eastern end has a traditional feel, with narrow lanes and candy-coloured houses.
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Portofino
Holidays to Portofino allow you to sample a slice of the glamorous Italian Riviera in northwest Italy. This fishing village has made a big impression on its long string of celebrity guests, including Grace Kelly and Liz Taylor who could often be found sipping cocktails at the iconic Hotel Splendido.
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Portovenere
Portovenere is a quaint seaside town in the south of Liguria. Its waterside row of brightly coloured houses has helped to earn it UNESCO World Heritage status, but the town also boasts an impressive hilly backdrop and a petite patch of golden sandy beach.
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Rapallo
Holidays to Rapallo take you to the beautiful Italian Riviera, also known as Liguria, and offer couples an eclectic mix of inviting beaches and proud historic buildings and museums set on cosy cobbled streets.
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Sanremo
Sanremo is one of Liguria’s most exciting cities, combining Italian Riviera glamour with a lively entertainment scene. 
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Santa Margherita
Holidays in Santa Margherita, situated on the Gulf of Tigullio between Rapallo and Portofino, offer an enticing combination of that glorious style which Italians bring to their seaside resorts.
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Sestri Levante
Sestri Levante is a gorgeous Riviera town that bears more than a little resemblance to Portofino, which sits just along the coast. 
Handpicked hotels in Liguria
Discover the real Liguria while staying in one of our carefully selected hotels

Liguria's Multi Centre Holidays

Take a look at our suggested itineraries for inspiration, or call our trusted advisers on 01293 762400* for a bespoke multi centre

Liguria and Florence

11 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Explore the glamorous seafront of Sanremo
  • Fill your camera with colourful photos of the Cinque Terre
  • Visit art galleries not to be missed including Uffizi and Accademia
From £1329 per person
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Genoa and Cinque Terre

8 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Discover the historic treasures within the Palazzo dei Rolli
  • See the 5 colourful towns in the Cinque Terre
  • Stay active with a hike between the hillside towns
From £1059 per person
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Things to do in Liguria

With the ease of train travel in Italy why not make the most of your holiday in Liguria and enjoy more of the attractions the region has to offer? It could be relaxing in a beautiful garden, admiring some of Liguria’s historic villas or churches or treading an old town’s cobbled streets looking for a bargain in one of its little shops.

You could take an excursion to the lovely town of Sestri Levante and admire its picturesque seafront houses, or walk through the city’s ancient thoroughfares in Sanremo to the Santuario della Madonna della Costa. On the other hand you might go diving or snorkelling in La Spezia or join the jet setters in Portofino
Flight Information

Most flights to Liguria arrive into Genoa airport (GOA) although visitors to the west of the riviera can also fly into Nice (please call our Italy Experts to book flights to Nice). Direct flights to Genoa are available from London Gatwick, London Heathrow and London Stansted and take approximately 2 hours.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.

Introduction to languages

Listen to our Learn Italian podcast, where we cover everything from basic to intermediate phrases.

Our recommendations

Insider tips from our well travelled team
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Amanda Curry

Pesto is one of Liguria's most famous exports, and you'll find homemade versions on nearly every restaurant menu. Try it with trofie, traditional Genovese pasta. Another must-try export is focaccia, served with salt and a glug of olive oil.

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Romina Locci

The town of Santa Margherita is an ideal base to explore the surrounding area of Liguria, as it's situated between Portofino and Rapallo. Boats to the Cinque Terre depart every hour from here in summer during daylight hours.

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