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Today it can be very difficult to find reliable and up-to-date tourist information about Italian Riviera: often article you find are written by foreign travelers who rely on tourist and commercial destinations.

The information you will find on this page, however, are written by those who live in Italian Riviera, by those who know all the peculiarities and beauties, even the most hidden.

Beyond the usual tourist destinations, Italian Riviera also has hidden sides to offer its travelers for a trip to discover the authenticity of the local.

In addition to some tips on Italian Riviera and where to go, in this guide you will find everything you need to know about Italian Riviera before packing: What to do, what to see, what to eat and much more…

When you finish the article and all the updates you will know everything you need to know about Italian Riviera for a unique and organized trip.

This is the definitive guide for the traveler to explore the Italian Riviera in the best way.

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Where is the Italian Riviera

A paradise in the heart of the Mediterranean

Thanks to its geographical location, the Ligurian Riviera offers an absolutely strategic position that makes it easily reachable but also the perfect starting point to visit also the surrounding beauties. A stone’s throw from Tuscany, the Côte d’azur, the Langhe and the most important cities in northern Italy, the Ligurian Riviera is divided into Riviera di Levante and Riviera di Ponente.

riviera di ponente (west)

From the Côte d’Azur to the borders of Genoa

the Riviera di Ponente that goes from the French border to Genoa is perfect both for a relaxing weekend and for a stay longer than two weeks: land wide beaches and the rich hinterland will always offer you so much entertainment and ideas for new Adventures.

Riviera di Levante (east)

From Genoa to Tuscany.

The Riviera di Levante begins with Genoa and extends to Tuscany. In This part of Italian Riviera you will find the most photographed villages, small pearls to visit one after the other: ideal for romantic weekends or short stays always in different cities.

How to get to
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Connections with all the world.

Reaching Italian Riviera is simple thanks to its excellent connections by plane with the airports of Nice and Genoa, but also with trains and cars both from Italy and from France.

Italian Riviera Weather and climate

300 days a year of sunshine.

With a mild climate and many sunny days, Italian Riviera is a perfect destination all year round.

The western Liguria, in particular, offers an incredible climate especially in the area of Bordighera that favors a vegetation of exotic species that frame its scenery overlooking the sea and its botanical gardens.

Exploring the Ligurian Riviera therefore becomes a real journey in biodiversity with every place with its peculiarity and beauty.

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When to visit Liguria

Italian Riviera is an ideal destination 365 days a year and that, for this reason, manages to satisfy every type of traveller and reserve in every season pleasant surprises.

This is what Italian Riviera has to offer during all seasons of the Year:

Italian Riviera in Spring

Flowers, sports and well-being.

Come and enjoy the first blooms in the natural parks and Botanical gardens of Liguria. Breathtaking views await you and an extraordinary atmosphere. Practice outdoor sports and get fit after the long winter.

Italian Riviera in summer

Sea, fun and… Dolphins!

The beaches are animated and it is easy to make new friends and have fun together in the squares and in the local towns of Liguria. The watchwords are fun and thoughtlessness.

The cetacean season begins: join the thousands of people who go whale watching every year from the ports of Liguria.

Italian Riviera in Autumn

Sagre, mushrooms and good things.

Autumn in Italian Riviera you enjoy it in shirt sleeves: the extraordinary climate often from life to a second, small summer.

Taste the delicacies of the territory in the typical trattorias, in the great restaurants or in the village festivals.

Italian Riviera in winter

Mountain biking, relaxing and breathtaking sunsets

Discover the pleasant climate of Liguria: you can relax or practice your favorite sport.

Get off a Mountain Bike trail, challenge your friends to tennis or go skiing: an hour from Bordighera awaits you the 80km of Limone Piemonte slopes!

What to see IN Liguria

Every day in Liguria offers you a new adventure. 
Let yourself be guided by those who know this extraordinary territory and know the best guides to visit it.

Here are some ideas for you:

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Villages near the sea

Take the scooter, the car or the train and discover all the seaside villages of Liguria. Stop and enjoy a freshly caught fish dish.

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Medieval villages

Explore the valleys in the Riviera di Ponente and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of these enchanted villages.

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Villas and Gardens

Discover historic villas and botanical gardens: the biodiversity of the species that grow in Liguria will surprise you in every season.

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BREATHTAKING VIEWS

Retrace the steps of impressionist painters like Monet who have long painted the views of the Ligurian Riviera.

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Aquarium of Genoa

You can dedicate half a day of your stay to admire with your family the largest aquarium in Europe.

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Genoa

Genoa is a Capital of culture and art, with a large and fascinating historical center. Do not forget to try the typical food shops!

Typical dishes of Liguria

Ligurian gastronomy is not second to any of the other Italian regions and is characterised by products that historically were considered poor, but which today are synonymous with healthy, tasty and very high-quality dishes.

What to eat in Liguria

From the products of the garden to the shrimps of Sanremo…

The Ligurian gastronomy is really very varied, despite the small area of this region.
It offers delicious typical dishes such as trofie al pesto, focaccia and ravioli. But also fish dishes such as the “Cappon Magro”, or meat like the “Coniglio alla Ligure”, rabbit cooked in an exquisite way.

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Ligurian Wines

From the grapes grown on the rocks and on the terraces.

The viticulture in Italian Riviera dates back to the times of the Greeks.
The vineyards are carved with terraces supported by stone walls. The most cultivated grape in the region is Vermentino, followed by Albarola, Pigato, Sangiovese, Ormeasco and Rossese di Dolceacqua.

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Where to eat in Liguria

Food shops, trattorias or great restaurants…

The Italian Riviera offers the most varied options for lovers of good food giving solutions for all tastes but also for all budgets. In fact, it ranges from the big star restaurants to the many taverns where you spend little and you eat fresh fish or the specialties of the hinterland.

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Italian riviera: outdoor sports paradise

Italian Riviera is an open-air gym, perfect to get in shape: here you eat healthy and you practice outdoor sports 365 days a year. Go training on the seafront, explore the depths of our marine reserves, ride your bike along the cycle paths. Or go to discover the most mysterious glimpses reachable often only through naturalistic paths and trekking walks.

Here you have some examples:

Diving

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Canyoning

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Cycling

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Tennis

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Running

On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment.

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Trekking

On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment.

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Sailing

On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment.

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Golf

On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment.

the best italian riviera towns
for your holidays

The Italian Riviera has so much to explore and live, but what are the best places to stay?
Let’s find out, from west to east, what are the most convenient but also strategic for days really productive with the opportunity to visit as much as possible while you are in Liguria.

Bordighera

The pearl of the western Ligurian.

Beautiful and elegant Bordighera has a rich history and was painted by the Impressionist painter Claude Monet.

Its strategic location, just 20 minutes from Nice airport, makes it the perfect destination to spend a week or two discovering the western Ligurian and Côte d’azur.

Very clean sea, a large selection of restaurants and breathtaking sunsets all year long.

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Finale Ligure

Sporty and lively

With an ancient and medieval flavor, Finale Ligure offers many places of historical cultural interest such as the fort of Castel San Giovanni in addition to its strategic position for the Savona area.
This is the right place for climbing and outdoor activities.

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Santa Margherita Ligure

Luxurious and exclusive

Known for its sea and its nature rich in maritime pines and olive groves, to this day is one of the favorite destinations among all those who intend to make an Italian Riviera holiday of luxury and refinement.

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Cinque Terre

A short tour of enchanted villages.

The Cinque Terre are among the most popular destinations for tourists from all over the world. Basically, to visit the Cinque Terre any city is good as a starting point but it takes a few days to be able to visit the villages. It is, therefore, a perfect area for short stays or for passing itineraries. So I do not recommend for longer stays.

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Where to stay IN LIGURIA

In Italian Riviera, there is a great variety of choices and solutions for all budgets. If you are looking for an exclusive and luxurious accomodation you will receive the big hotels, if instead, you spend your day exploring the Riviera you can opt for one of the many B & B on the sea or in the historical centers.

A fantastic compromise is also the finely furnished apartments, ideal for traveling with family or friends to spend a really fun stay.

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Hotels and B&B

You can also make a reservation on Booking.com and choose from many hotels, the B&B or apartments the perfect solution for your stay in Liguria.

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Conclusion

Thanks to this definitive guide on Italian Riviera you have all the information you need to organize your next trip to discover the Ligurian Riviera.

Already reading this guide you will have realized that Italian Riviera has a lot to offer for any type of traveler and at any time of year.

I gave you all this information because in the tourist guides you can always find the same usual information, sometimes distorted, and do not give you the real opportunity to organize your stay in the best possible way.

Also, in the guides, it is difficult to find practical advice and tips on things that really are worth visiting, try and live when you plan to leave for a holiday in Liguria.

One last tip that I would like to give you is to also use this information that I gave you as a base for your personal itinerary by inserting what you really care about, what you like and what most seems to align with your idea of vacation. You’ll find that, whatever type of trip you prefer Italian Riviera will always be content and surprise you.

Exploring Italian Riviera is a complete travel experience and also easy to accomplish if you know what its main features are and useful information to embark on this new adventure.

I really hope to have given you everything you need to be able to start organizing your own unique and rich travel itinerary.

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