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Discovering Picturesque Towns In Liguria, Italy

10 days exploring the beauty of Liguria, Italy

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EuropeItaly10 days / June - July 2019

Highs & Lows

Liguria offers an unbeatable landscape and exploring opportunities. From the beach to the Alps in 45 minutes by car!

Cinque Terre is usually assaulted by tourist, spoiling most of the atmosphere.

Itinerary Overview

Liguria is best visited by car because many of the small villages you may want to visit are far from train stations. We took a flight to Nice (France) and explored Liguria from the west to the east. Other than a quick stop in a specific neighborhood of Genoa, we decided to visit small picturesque villages to fully appreciate Liguria’s unique beauty.

Even though the car is essential, we would strongly recommend to reach Cinque Terre by train to avoid exhausting traffic.

For the first part of the trip we stayed at Andre’s parents, while the second part we stayed at a comfy hotel in Zoagli, just in front of the train station.

  • 6 Nights: Taggia
    Quite town with beautiful beaches
  • Day trip: Seborga
    Seborga claims to be independent from Italy. They have a Prince, a parallel currency and a nice historical centre.
  • Day trip: Bussana Vecchia
    A unique artists heaven
  • Day trip: Dolcedo
    Great food in a town nested around a deep canyon
  • 4 Nights: Zoagli
    Good location to visit east Liguria. Known for its clean sea waters
  • Day trip: Portofino
    A gem clustered around a natural harbor.
  • Day trip: Cinque Terre
    A truly unique place, with breathtaking views, excellent food and great walks

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    We would have picked another place as base for our daytrips to Cinque Terre instead of Zoagli that has little to offer. Perhaps Chiavari or Sestri Levante that being bigger cities offer more interesting evenings than Zoagli.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    We got stuck for many hours on the highway on our way to Nice airport at the end of our trip. Liguria has an insufficient road system that can easily go in tilt for accidents or heavy traffic. In high season, we would recommend you to keep this in mind while planning your trip.

  • How was the food?

    Be ready to eat tons of focaccia, Ligurians love it. They also have a variant filled with cheese, known as Focaccia di Recco. It is very popular in the east side of Liguria. Also popular the 'farinata', a kind of focaccia made with chickpeas flour. With a sprinkle of salt and pepper is to die for. Other traditional dishes you may want to try are locally made pesto, fish (make sure it is local) and rabbit.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    It may be difficult to find someone speaking a fluent English, but usually people are ready to help. This might be challenging in mass tourist places, where the 'locals' might be fed-up with tourists. Tips are not generally expected, but you can round up your bill if you liked the service.

  • Packing tips?

    Pack comfy shoes, since you'll be walking a lot and power banks to be always fully charged. If you rent a car, get with you a good amount of water before you leave. During summer it can get very hot, especially if you get stuck in traffic.

  • Transportation Tips?

    We recommend you to rent a car. Much easier to go around. Public transportation is available but it is not that easy to move around. The main lines connecting big cities run regularly and the service is quite good, but if you want to visit small towns inland there is the risk you wait for the bus for a long time. Taxis are generally available but expensive. We'd only recommend to visit Cinque Terre by train, since traffic is horrible and access is usually limited to residents

  • Any surprises?

    We were positively impressed by the beauty of Cinque Terre. Better than expected.

  • Booking details?

    We booked everything through a well know booking website that offered good deals. We recommend you to double check your favorite establishment website as sometimes there are discounts and offers not reflected elsewhere.