Liguria is Italian Riviera, a Northwest region of Italy that stretches from the border with France to Tuscany. It is a region of gold sand beaches, beautiful mountainous landscape, amazing cultural life and of course, great cuisine. After all, this region is located in the middle of two probably the greatest European cuisine nations. Does pesto with pecorino, garlic, basil, pine nuts, olive oil and inedible parmesano sounds familiar? This place is its homeland.
4 days cruise is the best way to meet the whole region and famous Italian cities such as Milan or Genoa. It’s also the best way to get a complete picture about what Liguria has to offer in terms of beauty of land, food and people’s hospitability.
This trip begins in Milan.
Day 1 – Milan – Genoa
We all know how famous Milan is, the financial and industrial center of this part of Italy. Museums, restaurants, fashion, and many different landmarks attract more than 6 millions of tourists per year. This place is the starting point of this amazing journey. In the morning, trip starts by going west to Liguria’s regional capital – Genoa. City’s probably the most famous person was born in 1451 and his traveling influenced the history of the world. It’s Christopher Columbus. Don’t miss Genoa’s attractions such as 13th century San Lorenzo Cathedral or UNESCO’s Renaissance and Baroque Rolli Palaces.
Day 2 – Genoa – San Remo – Genoa
After breakfast, the plan is to go west to the beautiful city of San Remo. This is famous Mediterranean resort, famous by a music festival, but also a rich culture. During the history, San Remo was known as the city of flowers and it really describes it perfectly. Suggestion: discover what medieval part of the city has to offer. Start on Via Roma and you’ll find historic touch combined with rich shopping offer and restaurants along the way.
After free time for lunch, the plan is to return to Genoa.
Day 3 – Genoa – Portovenere – Cinque Terre – Genoa
How does it sound to you a visit to a small town and a fishing village in the Bay of La Spezia? We are heading to Portovenere and Cinque Terre.
Portovenere is surely among the most beautiful places in the western Italy. It is famous by St. Peter’s Church, Romanesque church and Doria castle. From 1997, Portovenere and the villages of Cinque Terre are placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Cinque Terre, a region on the coast, consist of five villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Monterosso and Corniglia. This is where you’ll find a true Italy – with the amazing food, pubs, bars and amazing wines. This small region, along with a whole Liguria, is famous for – you guess – pesto! These villages are connected by a train, but if you decide to walk, you’ll see much more! Walking route between villages offers spectacular views on the region.
Day 4 – Genoa – Camogli – Portofino – Santa Margherita Ligure – Milan
This is the final day, and before coming to Milan, there are three more amazing places to check. First stop is Camogli. A small village and resort situated on the Portofino Peninsula, is ideal for relaxing.
Beautiful beaches and inspiring architecture are really a perfect combination for the end of this trip. Next one, Portofino resort, is famous in the whole country as the resort of famous people, and its offer in restaurants, cafes, shops – is really a discovery for people who visit it for the first time.
Last but not least is Santa Margherita Ligure – the harbor with wide offer of things to do, no matter if you are into shopping or just a cup of perfect coffee in a bar or café. This is the place where’s a great chance you’ll see dolphins as they are quite frequent in these waters.
This adventure stops at the starting point of the trip – Milan – after a 4 days journey through Italian Riviera. It’s inspiring and best choice for fans of the Italian way of life, cuisine and an exciting tour through one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
Liguria is a pure inspiration.