Liguria, the narrow winding arch on the north-western coast of Italy is a land of contrasts. Maritime villages, a rich food culture, palm-fringed shores, rugged coastal bays and hillside vineyards make up this fascinating Italian state. Holidays to Liguria are an unforgettable experience for families and couples alike.
From skiing in Piedmont to elegant European palaces, there’s a wealth of possibilities on holidays in Liguria. The true gem of the region is its winding, uninterrupted coastline which runs from France to Tuscany and is peppered with popular resorts, secluded beaches and rugged cliff edges.
The half of the coast that stretches from France to Genoa, La Riviera di Ponente, is characterised by sandy strands and rocky coves, and is home to belle époque seaside resorts that are similarly glamorous in style to Cannes and Monaco.
The fashionable paradise of San Remo remains popular, and teems with scooters and gelati-eating tourists throughout the summer months. A host of day trips are also available from here – visit the medieval castle in Dolceaqua or the village of Bussana Vecchia which was destroyed in the 19th century by an earthquake.
The second half of the peninsula – La Riviera di Levante – runs from Genoa to La Spezia. La Spezia or ‘the gulf of the poets’ is a must-visit on holidays to Liguria– many famous poets and artists spent their holidays here due to its enchanting beauty – as is Portofino, as well as other charming fishing villages. This half of the Riviera also boasts the rugged portion of Cinque Terre, an area composed of five villages, the coast and rolling hillsides, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a walk along Via del Amore – Lover’s Walk – a long and winding path which connects the villages and sits high above the sea offering stunning views.
A holiday to Liguria wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the ancient maritime state-capital Genoa. Impressive buildings, churches and elegant mansions stand tall above the winding allies which run from the port and stretch back to the olive-oil-producing hills behind. The Royal Palace and Via Garibaldi are a must – this is where you’ll find European elegance at its highest.
Food on holidays to Liguria is varied and rich. As the home of pesto, the simple pasta al pesto is a delicious staple. Tagliatelle is also popular in the region and served in various forms, and seafood abounds. White wine is prestigious in the region – try the dry Sciacchetrá. For post-dinner entertainment there’s a range of options from sophisticated bars to open air nightclubs.
Holidays to Liguria are rich in options - soak up the sun on a secluded stretch of coast, learn the history of the capital or get away to the natural reserves in the area. Book with lastminute.com today and enjoy accommodation to suit all budgets.