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Ligurian Riviera

Overview

Stretching between Monaco and Tuscany and with a dramatic backdrop of the Alps and the Apennine mountains, Liguria is one of the most beautiful coastal regions in Italy.With many parts still relatively undiscovered, visitors find it easy to move off the beaten track and explore hill towns, ancient fishing villages, pastel-coloured villas and beautiful gardens as well as the unspoilt beaches lapped by the clear Ligurian Sea. Noble Genoa, a city with a rich maritime history, stands at the central point of the Riviera, with coastal resorts fanning out to the east and west. There is an extensive network of ferries and trains connecting all points of interest and so the region is perfect for a tailor-made holiday combining several destinations.

San Remo

Located at the heart of Riviera dei Fiori, on the western end of Liguria, San Remo is one hour from Nice airport and under two from Genoa. It has been a popular seaside resort since the 1800s. There is a long sandy beach and plenty of restaurants and shops, but it also has a fascinating old town made up of steep streets, covered alleys and atmospheric squares.

Alassio

Lord Byron loved Alassio and many wealthy Britons followed in his footsteps in the 19th century, building splendid Art Nouveau villas, lush gardens and the magnificent promenade which stretches for over three miles to Laigueglia. Alassio has one of the best town beaches in Italy with fine sand and clear water, as well as great seafood restaurants and narrow cobbled streets. The town can be reached by train in less than two hours from both Nice and Genoa and the journey, hugging the Riviera, is one of the most scenic you’ll find.

Portofino

On Italy’s pine and flower-filled rugged northwest coastline lies Portofino, the prettiest port on the Mediterranean. The Splendido, on the hillside above the village and the Splendido Mare are expensive but when you are sitting on the terrace enjoying your dinner, you will appreciate why the good things in life don’t always come cheap!

Camogli

This pretty seaside village lies at the base of Monte di Portofino, 30 minutes east of Genoa and is similar in style to ones found further south in Cinque Terre. The town benefits from a preservation order that helps to protect its heritage – it remains under the main tourist radar and is a more down-to-earth alternative to the more glamorous resorts on the Ligurian Riviera.

Rapallo

Five miles along the coast from Portofino, Rapallo is a pretty harbour town with a distinctive castle on a rocky outcrop in the sea. It is popular for its great swimming, shopping, bars, seafood restaurants and its distinctly Italian atmosphere. The funicular ride up the hill to the large Sanctuary of Montallegro with its marble façade and wonderful views is a must.

Santa Margherita Ligure

Santa Margherita is a lively, little known resort with an elegant piazza and harbour. It is dominated by its castle which overlooks the port.A train journey in either direction is a must – west to Genoa or east will take you to Rapallo and the magnificent scenery of the Cinque Terre.

The Cinque Terre

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cinque Terre is a rugged stretch of coastline comprising the villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The area is virtually inaccessible by car and protected from mass tourism. The small, picturesque town of Portovenere is the best base from which to explore the five villages. Although there is a train that heads up the coast from nearby La Spezia (it is often crowded and, in summer, uncomfortably hot), the ferry service from Portovenere allows visitors to experience the beauty of the coastline and disembark at each village along the way. An unlimited day pass costs 25 euros. The town itself is characterised by brightly coloured houses, some dating back to the 12th century, which overlook the marina. If you’d like to stay in one of the Cinque Terre villages, we recommend Monterosso al Mare from where you can explore by train, ferry or on foot.

Hotels

3 nights from £879

including Flights, Transfers

Highly Recommended
Ligurian Riviera, Italy
Formerly a Franciscan convent, this charming hotel has been recently renovated and stands in a prime position overlooking the town with views out over the Gulf of La Spezia and Palmaria Island. The 43 comfortable bedrooms are decorated in typical Mediterranean style and the majority overlook the sea and the marina. 

3 nights from £1,369

including Flights, Transfers

Ligurian Riviera, Italy
Perched high on a hillside above Portofino, one of the Mediterranean’s most picturesque and unspoilt villages, the Belmond Splendido is one of the world’s greatest hotels and offers impeccable service and a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

3 nights from £598

including Flights, Transfers

Ligurian Riviera, Italy
Overlooking the colourful marina and just 500 metres from the centre of picturesque Rapallo and its beach, the Excelsior Palace is the grandest hotel in town.

Hotel

Grand Hotel Miramare
Deluxe

3 nights from £698

including Flights, Transfers

Ligurian Riviera, Italy
A hotel since 1903, the distinctive, white, Liberty-style building is decorated with frescoes and overlooks the Gulf of Tigullio and the promenade that leads in to Santa Margherita.

Hotel

Royal, San Remo
Deluxe

3 nights from £869

Ligurian Riviera, Italy
The Grand Dame of San Remo, the Royal has been a favourite of the aristocracy and celebrities since 1872. It sits in a private, subtropical park, a short walk from the casino.

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La Meridiana, Alassio
Deluxe

3 nights from £829

including Flights, Transfers

Ligurian Riviera, Italy
Located three miles above the town, La Meridiana is a delightful, privately owned hotel set amongst ancient olive trees and pine woods and offers a wonderful, rural escape.

3 nights from £1,098

including Flights, Transfers

Ligurian Riviera, Italy
Enjoying the prime location in Portofino, right on the colourful Piazzetta, the Splendido Mare overlooks the famous harbour with its luxury yachts, fishing boats, restaurants and boutiques.

Hotel

Cenobio dei Dogi, Camogli
Superior

3 nights from £598

including Flights, Transfers

Ligurian Riviera, Italy
This lovely hotel is the former summer home of the Genovese Doges and there is no doubt that they used their influence when deciding on its wonderful position. It stands at one end of Camogli’s small bay and the views across to the village and out to sea are spectacular.

Holidays

7 night low season price from£1,289

Ligurian Riviera, Italy
Venice’s main Mediterranean rival for centuries, Genoa is a fascinating historic city, located on the Ligurian Riviera.

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