One of Italy's smallest regions, Liguria stretches west in a narrow ribbon along the coast from France and offers one of the steepest and dramatic coastlines in Italy. Mountains separate it from Piedmont to the north, Emilia Romagna to the east and Tuscany to the south.
The coastal area is known as the Italian Riviera and has always been a region loved by tourists as it enjoys sunny days, blooming gardens and the Mediterranean vegetation overlooking the sea. The region is awash with sea hamlets and valley villages that are full of character and history.
Like so much of Italy, Liguria is a land of contrasts, home to seaside resort towns such as Portofino, Diano Marina and Cinque Terre; terraced hillsides that produce olive oil and hill towns, such as Dolceaqua, Apricale, Perinaldo and Dolcedo.
Liguria was very popular back in the '50's, 60's and 70's when resorts such as San Remo and Alassio were very fashionable. The UK focus in the past 20 or so years did move to central Italy and the northern lakes but Liguria continued to attract visitors from other European countries.
How to get there
Since the emergence of the low cost airlines in recent years, travel to the area has rocketed with flights to both Nice and Genova serving the region.
Where to stay
Due to its popularity as a holiday destination, Liguria has a great selection of property available from hill apartments to country houses and villas. If you want the South of France lifestyle, you will certainly discover that Liguria is much better value than its neighbour.
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Food & Wine
The region's cuisine relies heavily on the Ligurian land and the sea. It is typified by a range of humble ingredients. Expect to see lots of vegetables, ricotta cheese, fish, pasta and Pesto, which originates from Genova. There are some good local wines including Vermentino, Pigato, Rossese di Dolceacqua and Bianchetta Genovese.
You may not have considered Liguria for your holidays but don't dismiss it: it is noted for its mild year round climate; it has easy access to the South of France; it is easy to reach; the coastline is outstanding and the mountains beautiful. The coastline is busy especially in summer but it is also exciting with a great choice of bars, restaurants and shopping. The locals are friendly and will certainly welcome overseas visitors as the area is very cosmopolitan.
With the glitz and glamour of the coastal towns, the peace of the valleys and great coastlines, Liguria offers something for everyone.View properties in Liguria
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