The region of Liguria (known to pleasure-seekers as the Italian Riviera) has northern Italy’s most attractive stretch of coastline. The main appeal is the beauty of the seaside cliffs and coves, and the small towns interspersed among them. The most celebrated is tiny but glamorous Portofino, though these days it gets competition from the even tinier villages of the Cinque Terre, famous for its hiking paths than run between them. Smack in the middle of the coast is Genoa, Italy’s busiest port.
Of the two Ligurian Rivieras, the Riviera di Levante, east of Genoa, is overall the wilder and more rugged, yet here you can also find towns like Portofino, Santa Margherita and Rapallo, world famous for their classic, elegant style with spectacular 5 star resorts and great restaurants and villa venues. This wonderful area materialises like a calm Impressionist painting. You wouldn’t want to change a single detail of its picture-perfect seaside promenades, where elegant hotels with Liberty facades overlook million-dollar yachts in this favourite fishing-village-turned-wealthy-leisure-spot.
Around every turn of this area’s twisting roads the hills plummet sharply to the sea, forming deep, hidden bays and inlets. Beaches on the coast are rocky, backed by spectacular sheer cliffs. Another destination for a unique program in Italy!