Liguria is an enchanting region where you can bask on sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches, explore colourful fishing villages and enjoy some of the freshest seafood Italy has to offer. Visit magnificent palaces and world-class museums in Genoa and escape to the stunning Cinque Terre coast, also known as the jewel of the Italian Riviera.
Things to do in Liguria
The postcard-perfect villages of Cinque Terre cascade down rocky cliffsides to the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. The stretch of coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with scenic footpaths skirting the cliffsides and linking the five villages. Monterosso boasts one of the most beautiful beaches, with pastel-coloured houses overlooking the white sand and turquoise water.
The coastal village of Portofino offers a luxe atmosphere and attracts well-heeled holidaymakers. Browse designer boutiques in the town centre and admire luxury yachts anchored in the marina. Walk up to Castello Brown castle for fantastic views over the harbour and the Mediterranean Sea.
Like most Italian regions, Liguria is proud of its culinary heritage. “Frittelle di baccalà” salt cod fritters and “trofie” twisted pasta topped with homemade pesto are local favourites. For dessert, indulge in fluffy “pan di spagna” sponge cake and a glass of sweet Sciacchetra wine.
Built around a bustling seaport, Genoa is a gateway to Liguria and the Italian Riviera. The regional capital is laced with narrow alleyways lined with brightly painted townhouses. Guided tours take you behind the scenes of Palazzi dei Rolli, a series of lavish Baroque and Renaissance palaces in the heart of the city.
In addition to fabulous walking and hiking trails, Liguria is a world-class cycling destination. The beautiful Ciclabile dei Fiori cycling trail winds along the coast from San Lorenzo a Mare to Ospedaletti, with spectacular views to enjoy along the way. Family-friendly Ciclovia dell’Ardesia starts in Lavagna and takes you into the flower-filled countryside.
Getting around Liguria
Liguria is well-connected by road, bus and rail links. Genoa is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, while rental cars offer the freedom to explore Liguria at your own pace. Local buses and trains link Genoa to popular Ligurian destinations, including Cinque Terre and Portofino.