Liguria Travel Guide
Where is Liguria located?
Liguria extends from the border with France to Tuscany in Central Italy, and flanks Piedmont, Lombardy, and Emilia Romagna. It is the only region in Northern Italy with a temperate Mediterranean climate.
The third smallest region in Italy, Liguria is mostly hilly and mountainous, with steep cliffs descending from the Ligurian alps and diving into Mar Ligure (Ligurian sea).
Pine trees, palms, and olive groves define its peculiar landscape, while terraced vineyards flank picturesque small towns such as Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Manarola in the Cinque Terre area, and Portofino and Camogli near Genoa, Liguria’s chief town and one of Italy’s largest harbor cities.
What to see in Liguria?
- Cinque Terre: five awe-inspiring coastal villages nestled among the steep slopes of the namesake coastal reserve.
- Genoa: the region’s chief town, famous for its large port, the aquarium, and the UNESCO-protected Rolli palaces.
- Lerici, Tellaro, and Portovenere: picturesque towns overlooking the gulf of the poets in Southern Liguria.
- Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure: high-end tourist destinations with luxury hotels and beach clubs and stunning coastal landscapes.
- San Fruttuoso Abbey: lying within a secluded bay on the Portofino promontory, this is one of the world’s most beautiful medieval abbeys.
- Sanremo: the setting of Italy’s most famous music festival.
- Riviera delle Palme and Riviera dei Fiori: sandy beaches on the western end of Liguria, almost touching France.
What is the typical dish of Liguria?
Pesto genovese is the most famous recipe from Liguria: made with fresh basil, Parmigiano or Pecorino cheese, and pine nuts, this flavorful sauce matches typical Ligurian pasta like testaroli, mandilli or trenette. Cappun magro and brandcujun are Liguria’s most typical fish dishes – the former mixes boiled catch of the day and vegetables, while the latter consists of a hearty plate of stockfish and potatoes with a sprinkle of parsley and lemon juice.
Minestrone genovese is a popular vegetarian dish consisting of dried pasta with mixed vegetables from terraced orchards. Various types of focaccia round things up: Sardenaira from western Liguria is topped with tomato sauce and anchovies; Focaccia di Recco is stuffed with creamy cheese.