Tour the Italian Riviera
Helpful Illustrated Guide to The Italian Riviera 2022
Tour the Italian Riviera Liguria
The Italian Riviera, Italy's Liguria region, is a crescent-shaped strip of Mediterranean coastline between the south of France and Tuscany. Its eastern half, the Riviera di Levante, is defined by its rugged cliffs, turquoise coves and pastel seaside towns, including the colourful Cinque Terre fishing villages, Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure
Balzi rossi, Ventimiglia
On the border between Italy and France we find the beautiful beach of Balzi Rossi. The Balzi Rossi area of Ventimiglia is more than just pretty beaches, The Balzi Rossi caves in Ventimiglia, is one of the most important archaeological sites of the early Upper Paleolithic with evidence for the earliest presence of modern humans in Europe.
Bordighera is a town in the Province of Imperia, Liguria and is awarded the prestigious European Blue Flag. Thanks to its shallow waters families often come here with young children as the water is warm and safe. The rocks and small coves create natural pools.
In 411, an anchorite named Ampelio landed on Bordighera coasts from Egypt. According to the legend, he brought date stones as a gift. Thanks to him Bordighera became "The queen of palm trees", taking on that exotic image.
Sanremo is a coastal city Liguia. Here you have the park of Villa Ormond, with a Japanese garden, palm trees and ancient olive groves. The 12th-century San Siro Cathedral has 12 bells in its tower, plus a huge crucifix above its altar. In an elegant art nouveau building, the long-established Casino di Sanremo. Nearby a Russian Church has 5 onion domes which is pretty cool! Of course the famous Sanremo music festival also takes place here which every year attracts countless of visitors. Sanremo music festival 2022 saw Maneskin playing to thousands of spectators.
Spiaggia dei Pescatori, Noli (Fisherman's Beach)
The beautiful Sandy coast of Noli with Spiaggia dei Pescatori a beautiful sandy beach with traditional fisherman boats. The medieval village, maintains its charm and historical attributes. The Pescatori beach stretches right in front of the town of Noli, today one of the best preserved medieval villages in Liguria. The beach, a few hundred meters long, is characterized by a sandy beach mixed with gravel and pebbles bathed by a clear blue sea. The most characteristic part is the central beach, with the silhouette of the cathedral of St. Peter behind it and the many colourful fishing boats aground on the sand.
Boccadasse fans out from the former fishermen’s village, featuring pastel-coloured houses with green shutters. Ice cream shops and bars along the small pebble beach and harbour, while trattorias with al fresco tables prepare fish and Genoese specialties while the terrace beside the Church of St. Anthony of Boccadasse offers views of the sea and the village.
Portofino is a fishing village on the Italian Riviera coastline. Pastel-colored houses, high-end designer shops and seafood restaurants, a small cobbled square overlooking the harbor, which is lined with super-yachts. A path leads from the Piazzetta to Castello Brown, a 16th-century fortress and museum with art exhibitions and panoramic views of the town and the Ligurian Sea. Portofino is famous as the holiday destination for the European elite, it's not hard to see why.
Sestri Levante, also known as the City of the two Seas, divided between the Baia delle Favole and the magical Bay of Silence. A source of inspiration for writers the Bay of Silence is considered one of the most enchanting places on the Ligurian Riviera. Numerous creative guests visit Sestri like the writer Hans Christian Andersen and the composer Richard Wagner.
One of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Italy, winning 5th place. With crystal clear water and fine sand. it is protected to the west by the massive promontory of Punta Manara , and surrounded behind by the typical Ligurian houses in pastel tones.
Levanto; The gates of paradise! Levanto is known as the gateway to the world famous Cinque Terre. Levanto is submerged in history and legends, its Renaissance palaces and ancient streets, the aroma of the sea, which blows from Punta Mesco , the focaccia and succulent fish dishes, mushrooms, basil and fine wine. Take a walk along via Garibaldi, the long pedestrian street, where the ancient colours of the facades have been brought to light.
Levanto is famous for the concert evenings held in July and August, in Piazza Cavour or in the churchyard of Sant'Andrea . Levanto is also known as having the best wine in Liguria: taste the white Lievantu and Colline di Levanto .
Monterosso is the largest village of the Cinque Terre and also the first to be documented (1056). Consisting of two districts, the old village and Fegina, the more touristy part, Monterosso also boast important moments. Amongst these the XIV century church of San Giovanni Battista (St. John the Baptist), in front of which rose the Medieval Palazzo del Podestà, of which some traces remain. Recently the new animated Disney film Luca was set in Monterosso....Silencio Bruno!
Vernazza, considered by many to be the most charming of the Cinque Terre was documented for the first time in 1080. The remarkable economic and social level reached by the village in Medieval times and still today testified by the town planning conformation and by the presence of architectural elements of great importance, like lodges, churches, case-torri (tower-houses) and arcades. The village is dominated by the remains of the “castrum” a series of Medieval forts dating back to the XI century, with a cylindrical castle and tower.
Corniglia, the only village of the Cinque Terre not in contact with the sea, rising on top of a rock promontory. The most important monument of the village is the Church of San Pietro (St. Peter), of gothic-genovese style built around 1350 on the remains of the previous building. The façade of the church, embellished by a marble rosette is enriched by many decorations, amongst which a bas-relief which shows a deer, the emblem of the village.
Founded during the XII century, the village probably derives its name from an antique “magna roea”, a large mill wheel present in the village. The first evidence of the village dating back to the year 1200, is relative to the events of the Fieschi, whilst in the XVI century there was news of their strenuous resistance against the pirate raids.
Riomaggiore is the first village of cinque terre one meets when travelling north from La Spezia. The village, dating from the early thirteenth century, is known for its historic character and its wine, produced by the town's vineyards. Riomaggiore is in the Riviera di Levante region and has a shoreline on the Mediterranean's Gulf of Genoa, with a small beach and a wharf framed by tower houses. Riomaggiore's main street is Via Colombo, where numerous restaurants, bars, and shops can be found