Brightly painted houses hanging off of cliffs that jut from the sea, the scent of basil, glamorous seaside resorts, and boats bobbing around small coves, this is Liguria.
Nestled between Tuscany and Piedmont, this region, known as the Italian Riviera, is worth visiting if you love beautiful scenery, good food and wine, and La Dolce Vita.
The most famous part of the region is the Cinque Terre, a group of 5 picturesque villages connected by hiking trails.
Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore are these 5 towns, and their colorful fishermen’s houses are among the treasures of Liguria.
Cinque Terre made headlines for taking a harsh stance on combating overtourism, which plagues the area in the Summer. Of course, you can avoid the problem by experiencing these towns from the sea.
Exploring the Medieval fishing village of Portovenere, and Sestri Levante, which was built on a peninsula surrounded by Silence Bay and Fairytale Bay.
Portofino is another must-see in Liguri, its bay is the perfect set for the Italian Bella Vita and from its port a private boat can lead you to San Fruttuoso Abbey, an exquisite monument dating back 1,000 yrs with 1 of the most impressive views of the region.
In Portofino, find some of the best luxury hotels on the Italian Riviera. Built in the 16th Century as a monastery overlooking the Bay of Portofino, Belmond Hotel Splendido, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property is an icon of La Dolce Vita.
When in Liguria, do not overlook Genoa, the region’s capital. One of Italy’s original maritime republics, the city has been an important port since the days of the Roman Empire. During the 12th and 13th Centuries, it rivaled Venice as the most important commercial center in the region, and it is still Italy’s busiest shipping port, importing and exporting commercial goods like wine, olive oil, textiles and the home of the Genoa Boat Show.
Do a food tour in Genoa, arrange a cooking class, during which you can learn to make traditional pesto Genovese, which was born there and makes ample use of the region’s fragrant basil. Do not miss Focaccia, the local flatbread filled with cheese in its most popular version. Anchovies and codfish are 2 fish specialties of this area.
No matter if you have never been to Italy or visited many times, you will discover something new in Liguria.
Enjoy your travels