There are some regions of Italy so idyllic, so impossibly beautiful, that it's difficult to comprehend their existence. The crescent of coastline that hugs the Ligurian Sea is one such place. It's the home of Genoa, of the legendary Cinque Terre, and of a spectacular meeting place of the Alps, the Apennines, and the Mediterranean Sea. Our Liguria vacation rentals sit in the midst of this natural splendor - a slice of the Italian coast you'll have to see to believe!
Bordered by France's Côte d'Azur to the west and the Italian provinces of Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, and Tuscany to the north and east, Liguria is located in northwestern Italy on the edge of the Ligurian Sea. Its 186-mile coastline stretches from Ameglia in the east to Ventimiglia in the west, with the regional capital of Genoa standing guard in the center.
Your vacation begins in the cultural crossroads of Genoa, a city of magnificent trading and seafaring history. It is also the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. What once was a powerful city-state is now Italy's largest seaport, with a sprawling old city rising from a maze of narrow lanes. Tour the opulent Palazzi dei Rolli, taste pesto in the place where it originated, wander the picturesque mariners' quarter in Boccadasse, and learn the local maritime lore at the Galata Museo del Mare.
Traveling east from Genoa will bring you to the Riviera di Levante (Coast of the Rising Sun) - a coastline known for its upscale beauty and elegance. Soak in the glorious scene of the Cinque Terre - the five towns of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare that are linked by one of the most breathtaking hiking trails in Europe.
Follow in the footsteps of Rex Harrison and Elizabeth Taylor in the postcard-perfect village of Portofino, a colorful port and peninsula that have lured the rich and famous for decades. Stroll the seaside promenade in Santa Margherita Ligure, dine on the freshest of anchovies in Rapallo, and bask in the serenity of the Baia del Silenzio and the Baia delle Favole on the coast of Sestri Levante.
To the west of Genoa is the Riviera di Ponente (coast of the setting sun), which draws crowds of Italian families each summer. Find tranquility on the beach in Varigotti, or make your way to Sanremo to catch the spectacle of thousands of blossoming flowers and the annual music festival hosted there.
One of the most scenic regions of Italy will be at your fingertips when you escape to one of our Liguria vacation rentals!
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