Liguria is a land characterized by impressive mountains and gentle hills that drop down to the Mediterranean Sea. This wonderful region offers many opportunities to those who choose to spend their holidays there, whether it is a weekend or a longer stay. From the Riviera di Ponente to the Riviera di Levante there are some truly wonderful places in Liguria: so let’s see the places not to be missed.
Located in the Imperia district, Dolceacqua is a small medieval village that captivates the visitor for its particular beauty. The town is crossed by the Nervia stream, topped by the characteristic stone bridge that has become a bit of the symbol of this splendid location. The Doria Castle dominates the hills of Dolceacqua and gives it a timeless charm. Dolceacqua is the perfect place to relax and where to enjoy some peace in an oasis off the main tourist routes.
Another small town not far from Imperia and worth visiting is Cervo. Also known by the name of Cervo Ligure, Cervo is a town that stands perched on top of a hill. Strolling through the town you will encounter several narrow streets, ancient buildings, stairways and graceful arches that lead to the square of the parish church. In front of the church there is a wonderful terrace overlooking the sea: a favorite place for tourists and locals.
It is certainly one of the places not to be missed in Liguria. The small inhabited center has obtained the recognition of “the most beautiful village in Italy” and walking along its ancient streets it is easy to understand why. Its historic center, dating back to 1400, is enriched by splendid flowered balconies in stark contrast to the ancient stone facades of the buildings. The village is topped by two castles: the first is Castel San Giovanni, the second (located higher up) is Castel Gavone.
Among the wonders of the Palazzi dei Rolli and the hidden beauties of the historic center, Genova is a city to be discovered. Among the places most loved by locals and not, there are certainly the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Piazza de Ferrari, Porta Soprana and the House of Christopher Columbus. To admire Genova from above in all its splendor, it is worth reaching the splendid panoramic terrace of Castelletto and taking the lift so loved by the poet Giorgio Caproni, who called it: “the lift to heaven”.
What most distinguishes Camogli are the typical colorful Ligurian-style houses overlooking the sea. The Camogli seafront is extremely beautiful to walk through, from top to bottom. You reach the picturesque Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, the Dragonara Castle and the charming marina where boats and fishermen’s nets are located. Camogli is not only a wonderful town where to enjoy the sea breeze, but it is also an excellent starting point to walk the paths of the Portofino Promontory and reach wonderful places such as San Fruttuoso.
It is one of the most famous and most glamour places in Liguria. Portofino is the favorite destination of celebrities and is often frequented by VIPs, including international ones. It is definitely a place not to be missed in Liguria and where to spend an unusual day. Among the ancient cobbled streets and the brightly colored houses, you will encounter luxury boutiques overlooking the same bay where sumptuous yachts are docked. It is very nice to walk the only pedestrian path that connects Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino: along the way you can admire small hidden treasures such as the Paraggi beach and wonderful villas overlooking the sea.
It is difficult to think of Liguria without talking the characteristic pastel colored houses of the Cinque Terre. These small villages of medieval origin are certainly among the most iconic and picturesque scenarios of the Ligurian landscape. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore: these are the five undisputed gems of the eastern Ligurian Riviera. The easiest way to visit them is to take the train that connects the five villages. Alternatively, in the summer months, it is possible to reach them by taking a splendid boat tour. On the other hand, for trekking lovers, the path of the Cinque Terre National Park offers truly incredible views and landscapes.
It is among the most suggestive places in Liguria. The small seaside village is able to amaze every visitor for its undisputed beauty. The views offered by this village are unique and evocative: the waterfront characterized by a multitude of colorful houses, the Doria Castle that topped the town and the beautiful church of San Pietro perched on a rock. Not to mention the wonderful view from Byron’s Cave. From Portovenere it is also possible to do some boat tours that allow you to admire the beauty of the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto.
Among the places not to be missed in Liguria, Lerici has a special place. It is located in the heart of the Gulf of Poets and is the ideal location for those looking for a place to relax and at the same time enjoy landscapes of breathtaking beauty. The bay of Lerici is topped by its majestic castle, a medieval bastion built on the town’s promontory. Along the slopes of the promontory the ancient inhabited center develops with the houses that descend towards the seafront. Lerici is also the perfect starting point for exploring some very picturesque places such as Tellaro and Montemarcello.