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Liguria

The Italian Riviera remains one of Italy's most glamorous and picturesque coastlines with a perfect mix of sleepy hamlets and chic seaside towns.

North-westerly Liguria lines up some of the most astonishing views in Italy. The Cinque Terre – a quintet of colourful fishing villages – is popular with hikers and day-trippers. Precipitous vineyards cloak the hills behind (the local dry white is a must-try). The chic village of Portofino shares this coastline, too. Satsuma and ochre houses overlook a harbour flecked with super-yachts, while artisan gelato parlours stick close to the water. Liguria has one more ace up its sleeve – it’s home to the most Blue Flag beaches in Italy. Expect petite slips of white-gold sand and Caribbean-clear water.

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Santa Margherita Ligure

Expect a picture-perfect promenade, elegant hotels and a laid-back atmosphere at this classic resort on the Riviera.

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Sestri Levante

This little resort may be Liguria’s best-kept secret. Pine forests lead onto a sandy crescent-shaped beach and the town enjoys an authentic atmosphere.

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Rapallo boasts a 16th Century castle, palm-fringed beach and historic lanes with great dining options. It’s well placed to visit Portofino and the Cinque Terre, too.

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You’ll find a large stretch of sandy beach here, backed by a palm-lined promenade, as well as characterful streets and historic churches.

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Belmond Hotel Splendido Mare, Portofino Harbour

This is one of Liguria’s most exclusive towns. Boutiques and cafés gathered round the busy marina and brightly-coloured houses make up the picturesque landscapes.

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Sanremo Seafront

Sanremo epitomises the glamour of the Italian Riviera with plenty of dining options, live music and lively casinos.

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Alassio

This sleepy beach town has an authentic charm and maze-like back streets with pastel-coloured houses and authentic dining.

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The most westerly village of the Cinque Terre with a larger beach than the other villages in this region.

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Only a short journey from its famous neighbour Cinque Terre, Portovenere is a small medieval town in the beautiful Gulf of The Poets, colourful building align the harbour while its narrow cobble streets climb into its historic centre.

Genoa

This port city is Liguria’s capital, as well as Italy’s largest sea port, and offers plenty for visitors to do. Explore the historic centre with its winding alleyways and boutique stores, stop for a seafood lunch at the harbour and visit Europe’s largest aquarium.

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is the most visited site in Liguria and it’s easy to see how these five clifftop villages draw in so many visitors. The villages are all with a few miles of each other and are linked by coastal walks or train, making it easy to visit them all within a day.

Portofino

Portofino is a must-see when you’re in Liguria. This cliff side town lines up colourful houses along it’s jet-set harbour with plenty of cafés in which to spend to afternoon watching the super-yachts moor up. If you feel like stretching your legs, you’ll find plenty of designer boutiques for a spot of window shopping.

Sanremo

This coastal town has a glamorous reputation to uphold and you can expect to find yachts moored in front of trendy bars along the harbour and one of the oldest casinos in Italy. Head inland though and you’ll be treated to a more authentic scene of cobbled streets and hidden trattorias serving local delicacies.

Nice

Follow the Ligurian Riviera North-West and you’ll end up in France – the chic seaside resort of Nice is only a couple of hours away from Sanremo and the journey there is spectacular, with the coastal train offering dramatic sea views at almost every bend.

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