Charming Places

Liguria is a crescent-shaped region in northwest Italy. Its Mediterranean coastline is known as the Italian Riviera. The 5 colorful fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, as well as stylish Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure, are on the eastern coast or Riviera di Levante. The western coast, the Riviera di Ponente, is home to Sanremo, a vintage resort with a turn-of-the-century casino and a flower-filled promenade


The region is crossed east to west by the Ligurian Alps and the Ligurian Apennines with form an interrupted chain, but discontinuous in its morphology, with stretches where the Alpine/Apennine ridge is extremely compact and high aligning very high mountain groups (north to Ventimiglia, a series of massifs which became French after the Second World War, rises up to altitudes of 2700-3000 m) while in other stretches (for example in the hinterland of Savona and Genoa) the mountain barrier is not very high and deeply crossed by short valleys and passes that do not reach 500 m above sea level


While the region’s culinary tradition might lean towards the basic and understated, many chefs cooking in Liguria put their own innovative, creative spin on the classic cuisine. This collection showcases the best restaurants in Liguria, including Andrea Sarri’s eponymous Ristorante Sarri in the seaside town of Imperia. At this Michelin-starred Ligurian restaurant diners can experience superb seafood dishes served either overlooking the sea or, for those who can’t resist the feeling of sand between their toes, right on the beach itself.

Regional Highlights

Cinque Terre

the five lands, make up one of Italy’s most popular destinations. They are best reached by train or boat. Hiking trails connect the five villages and go up the hills through beautiful countryside. You’ll need to buy a card to use hiking trails within the National Park but the villages can be visited for free. The best way to get to Cinque Terre is on the express train that runs between La Spezia and Levanto or by ferry in summer


once a fishing village that became a playground for the rich and famous, is a town of colorful houses built around a half-moon shaped harbor. Although Portofino is not on the rail line, it is easy to reach by bus or boat from Santa Margherita Ligure.


near Genoa, is another charming fishing village to visit. It has a small historic center and a good beach


almost to the French border, is another of the famous resort towns. Its historic center with narrow alleys that climb up the hill to a church at the top is very unusual


one of Italy’s main port towns, has a large aquarium and a historic center said to be the largest medieval quarter in Europe, with a wealth of churches, palaces, and museums

Travel to Puglia


The main airport serving Liguria is the Cristoforo Colombo International airport in Genoa . It offers regular connecting flights to the UK and other main European cities as well as the rest of the main Italian airports. It is also very convenient as it is quite central to town - 6 kilometres from the town centre of Genoa.


As mountainous as Liguria is, it's possible to reach most points along the coast by train, including the villages of Cinque Terre. They're served by the slowest form of regional train, but you can get there by rail. To get into the mountains, you may need a car, and in summer you may actually prefer to hop on a boat.


If you’re planning a trip to Puglia (known as Apulia in Italian) then I have a couple of tips for you. The first one is that you should definitely get yourself a rental car. I did so at the advice of local friends and I’m glad I did! Public transportation is simply not that great in Puglia, so you’ll get around faster with your own transportation. Having a car also lets you easily visit the beaches, the off-the-beaten-track towns, and drive along beautiful coastal roads.


Liguria has an excellent public transport system and getting around by bus is often a convient choice when exploring the bigger towns in Liguria as well as hopping from town to town. There are several transport companies that provide regular bus services around the Liguria provinces.