Tucked-away villages, secret little beaches and superb nature: how enchanting Liguria is!
Liguria is a wonderful strip of land enclosed between the sea and the mountains, with pastel-coloured houses and breathtaking views. With lush unspoilt nature, many small towns to discover and an incomparable culinary tradition, it enraptures the eye and the heart.
Genoa is one of the most fascinating, unique and beautiful European cities, nestled between the Ligurian mountains and the azure blue sea. Not everyone knows that Genoa boasts the largest historic centre in Europe. It is enchanting to get lost among its maze of alleyways, and quite the workout with the hills. Then there are the monumental streets built by noble families of times gone by and the bustling, kilometre-long promenade, not to mention the unforgettable food.Discover
Greenery, olive oil and history in western Liguria The Ligurian province of Imperia stretches along the western shore of the Italian Riviera, home to several famous seaside towns, including Bordighera, Albenga and Sanremo, which hosts the well-known Italian Song Festival. The area is known for producing oil and olives. The village of Taggia cultivates the taggiasca variety of olive, small and dark, characterised by a delicate flavour. The city of Imperia boats the largest church in Liguria: San Maurizio Cathedral, flanked by twin bell towers that rise up 36 metres. The Ligurian capital is also known for being the birthplace of writer Edmondo De Amicis, author of the famous novel Heart. The municipal library houses a faithful reconstruction of his study, with photographs, notes and a collection of over 3,000 books. If you find yourself near Imperia, be sure not to miss the chance to visit to the Pasticceria Piccardo, which was founded in 1905 and is now listed as a Locali Storici d’Italia (Historic Establishment of Italy). The story goes that Fausto Coppi, with a 14-minute lead, abandoned the 1946 Milan-San Remo cycle race and popped in for a coffee.Discover
A port surrounded by artistic and natural beauty Located on the western Ligurian Riviera, Savona is considered one of the most important Mediterranean ports in terms of tourism and trade. One of its symbols is undoubtedly the Priamar, a large 16th century military fortress perched on the coast. Built by the Genoese to demonstrate their supremacy over the city, today it is home to various cultural associations. Another place of interest is the Torre della Quarda or Torre Leon Pancaldo, better known simply as “Torretta”. Among the religious buildings, we recommend the Cathedral of the Assumption and the Gothic-style Sistine Chapel commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV, not to be confused with its Roman namesake. Among the natural beauties, the Toirano Caves, a suggestive itinerary among stalactites, stalagmites and ancient traces of prehistoric human beings, the Borgio Verezzi Caves and Mount Beigua with its nature park, are noteworthy. A compulsory stop at the Le Caravelle Aquatic Park, one of the main tourist attractions on the Ligurian Riviera, and in nearby Alassio, with its old town centre, beaches and famous wall.Discover
Cinque Terre, surrounded by the crystal-clear sea La Spezia is a must for anyone visiting Liguria. The city has the characteristic features of Ligurian municipalities: Art Nouveau palaces, narrow alleyways and stairways. Don’t miss Castello San Giorgio for panoramic views, the port and the Technical Naval Museum of Spezia, one of the best known in Italy. La Spezia overlooks the Bay of Poets, which owes its name to the countless 19th-century English Romantic literary figures who stayed there. Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley and poet Lord George Byron were regular visitors to the area. Once almost completely isolated from the rest of the territory, the villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore now form the Cinque Terre. Connected by the Blue Trail, they are the main attraction of the area. Together with Porto Venere and the islands of Palmario, Tino and Tinetto, the Cinque Terre were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997. If time allows, you can hire a canoe or kayak in Riomaggiore: it is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy the crystal-clear water and explore the marine protected area.Discover
What to see in Liguria
UCI Enduro World Cup and UCI Marathon World Cup Outdoor Region Final
A wealth of beauty between bays and historic towns
San Remo and the Riviera dei Fiori, the carruggi and the Aquarium in Genoa, the villages of the Cinque Terre, the beaches of the Golfo dei Poeti and the island of Palmaria, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Liguria, with its varied ecosystem and spectacular beauty, is bound to win you over.