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A Guide to the Italian Riviera

Updated on February 22, 2015

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A Guide to the Italian Riviera

The Italian Riviera is famous as a holiday destination with age-old charm, mild weather, stunning scenery and a friendly laid back atmosphere. These things have combined to draw many tourists here since the times of the Romantic poets, Byron and Shelley. There are many very recognisable place names in this section of Mediterranean coast. The Italian Riviera is bisected by the city of Genoa (Genova in italian). To the west is the Riviera di Ponente and to the east is the Riviera di Levante.

Italy Quick Facts

Name
Italian Republic Repubblica italiana (Italian)
Capital
Rome
Official languages
Italian
Demonym
Italian
Government
Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
Legislature
Parliament
Formation
17 March 1861
Area - Total
301,338 km2, 116,347 sq mi
Water (%)
2.4
Population 2013
60,782,668
2011 census
59,433,744
Density
201.7/km2 522.4/sq mi
GDP Total
2014 estimate $2.066 trillion
Per capita
$34,455
Gini (2011)
31.9 medium
Currency
Euro
Time zone
CET (UTC+1)
Drives on the
Right
Calling code
39
ISO 3166 code
IT
Internet TLD
.it
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Genoa, Italy
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Genoa

At the heart of the Italian Riviera lies the old, eclectic and fascinating city of Genoa, whose rough edges have not all yet been smoothed and yet a certain vibrancy gives this city an intoxicating allure. Genoa's historic heart is well worth a visit if you are in the region.


Genoa

The Riviera

Riviera di Ponente

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Riviera di Ponente, 17024 Finale Ligure, Savona, Italy
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Riviera di Ponente

The Riviera of the Setting Sun encompasses the two Italian provinces of Imperia and Savona and stretches from the French border to the western reaches of Genoa. West of Genoa, you will find the most built up section of the Ligurian Coast. Here you will find unpretentious, down to earth seaside resorts that contrast extremely with the elitism and sometimes snobbery that can be found on sections of the French Riviera. This makes it a popular spot with families, who come for the sandy beaches and the relatively low prices.

Between San Remo and Genoa, practically every settlement caters to the needs of tourists. Some holiday towns are more pleasant than others, of course. Some highlights of this stretch of coast include San Remo, the mediaeval cores of Albenga and Noli, and the cheerful pleasant resort of Finale Ligure.

The Riviera

Imperia

Imperia (statue)

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Portofino Coast, Via Montebello, 17/4, 16035 Rapallo GE, Italy
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Ligurian Coast

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Sanremo IM, Italy
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San Remo

Mediaeval cores of Albenga

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Finale Ligure SV, Italy
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Riviera di Levante

The Riviera of the Rising Sun stretches from Genoa in the West round to the southeast to Capo Corvo, which is found at the eastern end of the Gulf of La Spezia, close to the Tuscan border. It encompasses the provinces of Genoa and La Spezia. This stretch of coastline is perhaps more beautiful and rugged than the neighbouring stretch to the west, but it is no less visited. Crowds throng to this region each year and this is not the place to find a holiday away from the hustle and bustle. Still, this breathtaking region has much to commend it, and it is easy to see why so many people choose to come here on holiday. This rugged coast is dotted with picturesque coves and dramatic cliffs, pleasing resorts and harbour towns that once made their living from fishing and coral diving before their fortunes were altered dramatically by the tourism of the last few decades.

Highlights of the Riviera di Levante include the harbour settlements of Camogli and Santa Margarita and the headland between them, the swanky and well-known resort of Portofino, the quiet holiday resort of Sestri Levante, the hugely famous and breathtakingly gorgeous Cinque Terre (not accessible by road) and Portovenere and Lerici near La Spezia. Of all these highlights, Portofino and the Cinque Terre are perhaps the best known internationally.

Finale Ligure

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      After seeing your photos, everybody will want to travel to the Italian coast. You did a great job by writing this guide.

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