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.
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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.
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