A crescent-shaped jewel in northwestern Italy, Liguria is home to some beautiful attractions, making hotels in the region one of the most beloved by families, avid travelers and honeymooners alike. One of Italy’s best insiders’ tips is the Cinque Terre, five idyllic villages bursting with Italian flair and atmosphere. Anyone looking for beautiful sandy beaches on the Riviera will be delighted by San Remo, the fabulous bathing resort near the French border. Enjoy the classic feel of Liguria by staying in an outstandingly romantic and historic hotel, moments from the shore.
Explore Liguria: Top picks for the perfect vacation on the Italian Riviera
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Genoa: Italy’s most important port city
Liguria’s capital Genoa is a charming port city in the very heart of the Riviera, littered with delightful boutique hotels right in the heart of Liguria’s capital. This city was once home to explorer Christopher Columbus, and has been a trading hub for hundreds of years. Today the harbor regularly hosts luxury yachts and recreational cruise liners. Venture into the heart of the city and discover the historic Piazza De Ferrari and recently restored fountain. The labyrinth of streets will eventually lead you to Via Garibaldi, which houses the beautiful residences of the Genoa’s 16th and 17th century elites. A stroll through the old town will greet you with further architectural wonders, high-end shopping opportunities, and cozy cafes. Other stunning sites include the Royal Palace of Genoa and Gothic Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Catch the sunset while staying in a hotel with views of the pink and yellow buildings of the Boccadasse fishing village, before venturing into one of the many exquisite Italian restaurants for an evening meal.
Sanremo: Liguria’s stunning City of Flowers
Venture west towards the French border and you will be greeted by the truly Mediterranean city of Sanremo. Summer blooms, multicolored buildings, and swathes of vast, blue ocean are all characteristic of this gorgeous destination. Take a stroll along palm tree-lined streets, soaking up the grandeur of the Riviera. A stay with a luxury hotel in Liguria’s most diverse city allows you to spend an afternoon discovering the quaint and ancient ruins of Old Bussana. Destroyed in 1897 by an earthquake, the ruins have since been rejuvenated by the local artist communities, who have built their livelihoods into what remains. The city lies just across the border from the gambling mecca of Monte Carlo, making Sanremo Italy’s answer to this iconic destination. Attractive hotels, sandy beaches, and stylish casinos pepper the city, which is also home to the annual Sanremo music festival.
La Spezia: Liguria’s gorgeous second city
La Spezia is home to Italy’s largest naval base, and is an excellent spot to make base while exploring the Italian Riviera. Set picturesquely between the mountains and the ocean, La Spezia is not one of Liguria’s most popular cities, making it the ideal place to relax in a 5 star hotel away from the hustle and bustle of Genoa and Sanremo. Enjoy the ease of visiting sites like the Museo Tecnico Navale, and learn all about Italy’s expansive naval history. The city is also a great base for exploring the Cinque Terre – five stunning ancient villages perched atop the cliffs – located less than an hour outside La Spezia. To get a true taste of Ligurian culture, book your hotel in the city during March, when the annual Feast Day takes over the streets. Enormous markets and celebrations fill every nook and cranny, igniting the air with fragrant smells and excitable chatter. It is also the one day of the year that the city’s naval base is open to the public.