15 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

15 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Genoa
— 3 nights
— 4 nights
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
— 5 nights


Genoa — 3 nights

Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like D'Albertis Castle and Musei di Strada Nuova - Palazzo Rosso. Get some cultural insight at Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato and Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Genoa: Baia di Paraggi (in Paraggi) and Portofino (Church of San Giorgio, Castello Brown, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea, admire the masterpieces at Musei di Strada Nuova - Palazzo Bianco, get a taste of the local shopping with Via XX Settembre, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Rattopennugo.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Genoa online trip itinerary builder.

Porto, Portugal to Genoa is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Genoa due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Porto in August: high temperatures in Genoa hover around 33°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Levanto.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Levanto — 4 nights

Levanto is a comune (municipality) in the province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 60km southeast of Genoa and about 20km northwest of La Spezia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Borgo Antico and Isola Palmaria. Escape the urban bustle at Levanto to Monterosso Trail and Beach Bar Stella Marina. Explore Levanto's surroundings by going to Riomaggiore (Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola & Castello di Riomaggiore), Vernazza (Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, Castello Doria, &more) and Chiesa Di San Pietro (in Corniglia). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco, trek along Trail 2, tour the pleasant surroundings at Levanto Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Fegina.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Levanto holiday planner.

Getting from Genoa to Levanto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
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Cinque Terre — 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stop by Azienda Agraria La Valle, head outdoors with Emasail, and then do a tasting at Terra di Bargon. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Cucchiari, stroll through Spiagge di Fiascherino, then see the interesting displays at Museo Del Sigillo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Nostra Signora della Neve, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Corniglia.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre travel site.

Traveling by taxi from Levanto to Cinque Terre takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Laigueglia.
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Laigueglia — 5 nights

Discover out-of-the-way places like Museo Civico Casa Cavassa and Spiagge di Arma di Taggia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Azienda Agricola Ca Neuva and Museo Diocesano e Battistero Paleocristiano. Change things up with these side-trips from Laigueglia: Bagni Germana (in Arma di Taggia), Pasticceria Scaraffia (in Savigliano) and Varigotti (Bagni Gallo & Bagni Liliana). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bagni Capo Mele, get to know the fascinating history of Colla Micheri Medieval Village, head outdoors with Bagni Regina, and look for gifts at Antico Frantoio Sommariva.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Laigueglia trip planner.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Laigueglia in 3 hours. Traveling from Cinque Terre in August, Laigueglia is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
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Italian Riviera travel guide

Aquariums · Beaches · Landmarks
Sandwiched between the Ligurian Sea and the Alps and Apennines, the Italian Riviera is a narrow coastal strip with a string of places to visit, from upscale seaside resorts to fishing villages. It's enormously popular with both Italian and foreign tourists. You can easily escape the crowds by venturing farther away from the sea and sightseeing in the hillside villages of the inland area. The western section of the Riviera is touted for its roses, almonds, and citrus groves, while the eastern part features a much more rugged terrain and several nature and marine preserves. The Riviera's mild climate and its charming fishing ports have made it not only a popular holiday destination for tourists, but also an inspiration for artists like Byron and Shelley, both of whom traveled extensively here.