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The Cote d'Azur gets all the hype, but just across the border in Italy is Liguria, a region with the same dramatic cascade of Alps tumbling directly into a crenelated Mediterranean coastline. Amazingly, considering Liguria's almost total lack of flat land, this region is well know for its locally farmed cuisine, and it is the home of both focaccia and pesto. Liguria's capital is Genoa, a maritime powerhouse which once ruled the Med. But the region's best known towns are probably Portofino, and the towns of the Cinque Terre, which are some of the best places to stay in Liguria.
Maybe it's the terraced farming which makes everything so tasty, or the accompanying fresh seafood? The mountainous landscape of Liguria influences everything about this region.
Housing is stacked high, on narrow streets, and some of the villages even seem to be stacked on top of each other, sharing the same little harbours. The five villages of the Cinque Terre aren't the only towns in Liguria which seem like they're so precariously nestled into the hillside that they could tumble into the sea at any moment. If you're driving through the region you'll see all sorts of slightly dangerous looking architecture and town planning!
Behind the seaside resorts clinging onto the cliffs are the tiny medieval mountain towns, equally precariously positioned, but these are virtually unknown by tourists. This is where you can find some of the most delicious food anywhere in Italy. But you have to work for it, as many of these towns began as fortified garrisons, and within the ramparts the narrow lanes are designed to confuse invaders - which of course confuse visitors as well!
Genoa, the region's great port isn't one of the most elegant of Italian cities. What it is, is a vibrant, living place, ageing with style, with a gritty ancient maze of narrow streets at its heart, a reputation for excellent cuisine and some very well done regeneration work - including one of Europe's largest aquariums.
Spreading out from Genoa in both directions are dozens of sandy, and/or, pebbly beaches, some of which have little resorts or fishing towns behind them, and driving between them is a great way to see more of the region than just the highlights.
Between Genoa and the French border is the Riviera di Ponente, which translates to 'of the setting sun'. Possibly an apt moniker, as this region feels like a charmingly fading seaside playground.
In the other direction from Genoa is the Riviera de Levante: 'of the rising sun', and this is the more popular stretch now, where you'll find the newest resorts and Portofino, Santa Margherita Liguria and Camogli which house many of the best places to stay in Liguria.
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Liguria, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice. Alternatively check out our recommendations in Portofino or the Cinque Terre.
A traditional hotel overlooking the Ligurian sea. Charming, light-filled rooms with views and all the modcons. Lemon trees in the garden terrace add to the tranquil atmosphere. An ideal spot to explore the Cinque Terre villages and enjoy the scenery. Basic, but excellently positioned.
A charming hotel overlooking Ligurian sea. Rooms are delightfully simple, some with balconies, all with new bathrooms and brightly painted walls. Stunning views across the bay. Private beach, gardens and sun terrace to enjoy. A perfect choice for a beach break.
A contemporary chic hotel with bags of style in Cinque Terre. Rooms are modern with exposed bricks, white lines and all the mod cons. Excellent Liguirian cuisine in the seafood restaurant and stunning sea views. Beaches and other villages walking distance away. Perfect for a beach holiday.
A beautiful traditional townhouse in central Genoa and not far from the beach. Wonderful Renaissance architecture. Contemporary sleek rooms, suites and family suites, some with mezzanine levels. Murals and frescoes on the ceilings as well as marble floors. City style with the old and new.
Delightful, small B&B with amazing views out over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Brimming with historical charm, rooms include beautiful ornate furnishings and many sea views. Enjoy a tasty continental breakfast and take in gorgeous views from the veranda by eve. A great little find.
Levanto, Cinque Terre
B&B villa. Rooms have rustic furnishings with wrought iron beds, terracotta tiled floors and pretty fabrics. Apartments are in separate farmhouse, very secluded. Breakfast is served in charming dining room or sunny terrace. Children's playground, making a wonderful choice for young families.
Unique hotel in city centre. Behind the 18th century facade, large rooms are blend of contemporary and traditional, with big bathrooms and French windows. Apartments have full kitchens and living areas. Sensational decor, central location and chic atmosphere. Very family friendly.
Finale Ligure Savona, Liguria
A fabulous Four Star hotel with its own private beach. Romantic stepped terraces leading down to the sea, a large swimming pool, billiards rooms, excellent al fresco dining, and large rooms, suites and family suites. An ideal spot for a summer holiday as a couple or family.
Romantic hotel close to the beach. Elegant rooms have wrought-iron four posters, terracotta tiles and opulent gold furnishings. The quiet courtyard contains a garden, access to hotel pool next door. Authentic, pretty and good value.
Sestri Levante, Liguria
A traditional hotel overlooking the Gulf of Tigullio. Elegant bedrooms have antique furniture and curtains with all mod cons. Flower gardens, pool, and beach a short walk away. Great Italian cuisine and bar complete with chandeliers. An ideal choice for families.
'Hidden gem' is an oft overused cliche; however this property, one of a kind in the Italian Riveria is just that. Those who favour modernist, fuss-free decor will love its' clean lines, light filled rooms and retro furniture pieces. Breakfast is served and charming restaurants are walking distance.
An elegant and traditional seaside hotel. Rooms are luxurious with antique finishings and bathrooms. Restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. Italian coastline just metres away for swimming, sailing and sunbathing. Ideal for families or a couple.
Once home to bishops, Palazzo Vescovile has stunning panoramic views and its own lift taking guests straight down to the beach. Rooms are simply decorated with classic wooden furniture. Enjoy meals at the Il Vescovado restaurant and dine with sea views. A truly relaxing Italian hideaway.
Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre
Charming old fashioned hotel in the Cinque Terre. Stunning views from every bedroom most with a large balcony. Relax on a lounger by the pool and pretend you're part of the Portofino set.
Nestled in the Levanto Valley, La Sosta offers traditional & contemporary rooms with exposed wooden beams and stonework alongside incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea. Soak up the local history and sights or simply relax on the terrace and enjoy the culinary excellence of Luca Palmero Scatena.
A refined period villa immersed in lush vegetation, typical of the Ligurian Riviera. In contrast, rooms are modern with minimalist furnishings and stunning views. Enjoy breakfasts on the terrace, fresh fish and traditional Ligurian cuisine in the hotel restaurant. Truly romantic.
Garlenda Savona, Liguria
Charming 5* hotel on golf course. Traditional bedrooms have antiques, artworks and characterful fabrics. Outdoor pool, sauna, hot tub, pet friendly gardens. Excellent Ligurian cuisine in both restaurants and elegant bar. Peaceful, casual and friendly.
Alassio Savona, Liguria
A beautifully renovated Byzantine villa set in the hills just above the beach. Gorgeous rooms have elegant furnishings and lots of natural light. Fabulous wisteria clad gardens, spectacular views, pool, and lovely terraces filled with flowers. A romantic spot for couples or honeymooners.
A Ligurian villa nestled in a private bay on the Italian Riviera. Stunning modern rooms and suites with balconies and hot tubs, fabulous Italian cuisine, private candle lit dinners on the beach, and plenty of sun traps to bathe in. An ideal choice for a romantic beach holiday.
A Ligurian farmhouse perched on a hill just above Portofino village and its own private beach. Contemporary chic rooms and suites have all the mod cons, balconies, and attractive furnishings. Charming breakfast verandah and walking distance to restaurants. Romantic, picturesque.
A luxurious Italian hotel set on a stunning hillside, overlooking Portofino harbour. Rooms are timelessly elegant and boast impressive sea views. A choice of three sophisticated restaurants, serving traditional Italian cuisine. Swimming pool, spa and health centre. Quintessential Italian splendour.