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Liguria Travel Guide

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Liguria (©  razvanmatei - Fotolia.com)
Manarola, Cinque Terre, Liguria.

Introduction

Liguria is Italy's third smallest region in land area, though also the fourth most densely populated. This coastal region, also known as the Italian Riviera, boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. The colourful villages of Camogli, Portofino, the Cinque Terre, and Porto Venere, all located on an 80 km stretch of coast between Genoa and La Spezia, are a highlight of any visit to Italy.

Half of the Ligurian population (of 1.6 million) lives in Genoa, the seat of a powerful maritime republic that traded all over the Mediterranean and the Black Sea for eight centuries (until 1805). Genoa marks the geographic limit between the Riviera di Ponente ("the coast of the setting sun") to the west, and the Riviera di Levante ("the coast of the rising sun") to the east.

Famous people from Liguria include (chronologically): the navigator and explorer Christopher Columbus, the violonist and composer Niccolò Paganini, the politician Giuseppe Mazzini (one of the fathers of unified Italy), the poet Eugenio Montale (Nobel Prize), the chemist Giulio Natta (Nobel Prize), the astrophysycist Riccardo Giacconi (Nobel Prize), the architect Renzo Piano (Pritzker Prize), and the comedian and political activist Beppe Grillo.

Attractions

Genoa + Riviera di Ponente (West)

Genoa (Genova) ※
Historical centre of Genoa, Liguria (© antonio scarpi - Fotolia.com)
must-see Genoa.
Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena
Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena, Liguria (© maudanros - Fotolia.com)
very good Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena.
Dolceacqua
Dolceacqua, Liguria (© maudanros - Fotolia.com)
very good Dolceacqua.
Finale Ligure
Varigotti, Finale Ligure, Liguria (© maudanros - Fotolia.com)
very good Varigotti, Finale Ligure.
Sanremo
Sanremo, Liguria (© Dmitry Kovtun - iStockphoto.com)
very good Sanremo.
Savona
Savona, Liguria (© Patty - Fotolia.com)
very good Savona.
Ventimiglia
Ventimiglia, Liguria (© cioccolatina - Fotolia.com)
very good Ventimiglia.

Other attractions

very good Albenga
very good Alessio
very good Bordighera
very good Imperia

Riviera di Levante (East)

Cinque Terre
Manarola, Cinque Terre, Liguria (© anthony999 - Fotolia.com)
must-see Cinque Terre.
Portofino
Portofino, Liguria (© Fyle - Fotolia.com)
must-see Portofino.
Porto Venere ※
Porto Venere, Liguria (© yanta - iStockphoto.com)
must-see Portovenere.
Camogli
Camogli, Liguria (© robertobilello - Fotolia.com)
outstanding Camogli.
Rapallo
Rapallo, Liguria (© Mihai-Bogdan Lazar - Fotolia.com)
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La Spezia
La Spezia, Liguria (© Eupedia.com)
very good La Spezia.

Other attractions

very good Celle Ligure
very good Chiavari
very good Lavagna
very good Lerici
very good Levanto
very good Nervi
very good San Fruttuoso
very good Santa Margherita Ligure
very good Sarzana
very good Sestri Levante
very good Zoagli

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