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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. Stroll through the streets and you’ll stumble across a series of beautiful buildings – elegant palazzi, a grand cathedral, a crenellated courthouse. In the medieval centre, look out for the 12th-century palazzo edged by portici; it’s one of Chiavari’s most atmospheric sights. As for the beaches, the main event is a wide stretch of sand and shingle, while a short way out of town you’ll come across some pretty, tucked-away coves.
Chiavari is well connected by train and boat to other Ligurian gems – head north for Rapallo and glitzy Portofino, or south for the quaint Cinque Terre villages.