22 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

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Fly
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Porto Venere
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Cinque Terre
— 5 nights
Train
3
Genoa
— 6 nights
Drive
4
Finale Ligure
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Sanremo
— 4 nights
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Porto Venere — 3 nights

Porto Venere is a town and comune (municipality) located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. Go for a jaunt from Porto Venere to Sarzana to see Basilica Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: stop by Portovenere, make a trip to Palazzata a Mare, take in the pleasant sights at Passeggiata Don Attilio Caslilione, and take in the waterfront at Portido Marina.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Porto Venere tour builder site.

Jerusalem, Israel to Porto Venere is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Jerusalem in December: high temperatures in Porto Venere hover around 15°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre — 5 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Step out of Cinque Terre to go to Levanto and see Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, relax and rejuvenate at Cinque Terre Wellness, appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Antico, and pause for some serene contemplation at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre trip planner.

Getting from Porto Venere to Cinque Terre by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Genoa.
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Genoa — 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Genoa: Chiesa Di San Giacomo Di Corte (in Santa Margherita Ligure) and Sestri Levante (Chiesa di San Pietro In Vincoli, Baia del Silenzio, &more). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Aquarium of Genoa, enjoy breathtaking views from Spianata Castelletto, don't miss a visit to Piazza De Ferrari, and get engrossed in the history at Museo di Palazzo Reale.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Genoa trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Cinque Terre to Genoa in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cinque Terre in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 10°C in Genoa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Finale Ligure.
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Finale Ligure — 3 nights

Finale Ligure is a comune on the Gulf of Genoa in the Province of Savona in Liguria, Italy. Get out of town with these interesting Finale Ligure side-trips: "Magiche Trasparenze - I Vetri dell'antica Albingaunum" (in Albenga), Lungomare Europa - pista ciclabile fra Varazze e Cogoleto (in Varazze) and Savona (Shivago Thai Massage School Italia, Monumento ai Caduti 1915-18 - “Rintocchi e Memorie”, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Baia dei Saraceni, appreciate the extensive heritage of Budello di Alassio, don't miss a visit to Finalborgo, and deepen your understanding at Museo della Ceramica di Savona.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Finale Ligure trip maker.

Traveling by car from Genoa to Finale Ligure takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Finale Ligure when traveling from Genoa in December, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Sanremo.
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Sanremo — 4 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sanremo: Imperia (Logge di Santa Chiara, Spianata Padre Cristino da Oneglia, &more) and Torre ennagonale (in Santo Stefano al Mare).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sanremo trip builder site.

You can drive from Finale Ligure to Sanremo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Finale Ligure in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sanremo, with lows of 10°C. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Italian Riviera travel guide

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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.
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