The Italian Riviera is a narrow, crescent-shaped strip of Mediterranean coastline between the south of France and Tuscany. Its center point is Genoa, which divides the coastline into two main sections: the Riviera di Ponente (“the coast of the setting sun”), extending westward to the French border; and the Riviera di Levante (“the coast of the rising sun”) extending eastward to Capo Corvo.
The Riviera di Levante, is defined by its rugged cliffs, turquoise coves and pastel seaside towns, such as Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure. The stunning villages of Cinque Terre have a timeless appeal and are not to be missed when visiting the Italian Riviera. The area’s mild temperatures and relaxed way of life combined with the charm of its old fishing ports has made it a popular yachting destination.
The westerly, Riviera di Ponente is also called the “Riviera delle Palme” (the Riviera of Palms), after its long-established flower growing industry.
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- Experience the stunning coastline of Cinque Terre by hiking the Sentiero Azzurro (Blue Trail, marked No. 2 on maps). This hike strings all the villages together and takes you teetering though vines, olive groves and terraced hillsides, hugging the contour of the coastline cliffs along the sapphire Ligurian Sea. The route is best walked east to west, from Riomaggiore to Monterosso.
- Stroll through the picturesque maze of narrow streets in Genoa’s Old City. Pass medieval and Renaissance palaces and a lovely Gothic cathedral.
- Relax and enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine on the cliffs of Vernazza, considered by many to be the quaintest of the Cinque Terre villages.
- Take a steep hike up to experience the spectacular views from Corniglia, a charming village that sits atop a 100 meter high rocky bluff that offers fantastic vantage point to photograph this stunning coastline.