Santa Margherita Ligure

Santa Margherita Ligure is just around the corner from Rapallo – about ten minutes by car or three minutes on the train. A short way from Rapallo in Santa Margherita Ligure can be found Villa Durazzo, a 16th century building built as a mansion for a wealthy Genoese. The grounds, which are lovely, are now […]

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Rapallo

A funicular runs from Piazza Solari in Rapallo, gaining 600m height to arrive at the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora di Montallegro, built in 1558. Rapallo Castle, by the sea, was built in 1551 to respond to pirate attacks. The Museo Gaffoglio is located in the ex-Monastery of the Clarisse nuns (1633). Rapallo Golf Course is […]

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Zoagli

Zoagli is another picturesque town north of the Cinque Terre. There’s not specifically a lot to stop for, though you may see the Sem Benelli Castle as you pass through, built in 1914 by an Italian poet, writer and playwright. […]

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Palazzo Rocca

The Palazzo Rocca in Chiavari was built in 1629 to house the art dealers to the Genoese aristocracy. A gallery and a museum can be found here today. There is also a park open to visitors. […]

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Sestri Levante

The town of Sestri Levante is built onto an isthmus, with the Bay of Silence to the southeast and the Bay of Fairytales (named by Hans Christian Anderson, who stayed there awhile) to the west. Both sides of the isthmus offer sandy beaches, though the Bay of Silence is much better. By contrast, the Bay […]

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Levanto

Levanto is a nice town with a broad beach good for swimming. It also has cheaper accommodation options that the Cinque Terre so is a good alternative place to stay if you’re on a budget. There isn’t much in the way of sights, but a 13th century castle and the black and white Church of […]

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The Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre (‘the five lands’) is a wild stretch of coast known for its five stunning villages to be found along the way. Beautifully painted in all variety of pastel shades, the houses of these cove-side villages stack upon each other in a wild fashion, all packed tightly into the small spaces they are […]

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La Spezia

Although La Spezia enjoys an impressive setting, most people will prefer to spend their time at the villages along the Cinque Terre. La Spezia is a major naval base, and enthusiasts may wish to drop by the Technical Naval Museum. […]

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San Fruttuoso Abbey

From Portofino, you can hike around 90 minutes to San Fruttuoso abbey, in Portofino Natural Park. From the abbey, it’s a slightly longer hike of 2-3 hours to get to Camogli, or you can return by a 30 minute ferry. […]

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