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 Storico 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.