1. Geography: Liguria is one of the smallest regions in Italy but it regroups many treasures. Starting right after the French Côte d'Azur and followed by Tuscany in the East, the region is known as the Italian Riviera.
2. Genoa: the capital of Liguria is also the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, whose house you can visit. It may not be recognized as an art city, but Genoa, a busy port city, has many interesting sights such as the 12th century Sant’Andrea cloister or the Royal Palace.
3. San Remo: with an incredibly sunny climate, it is no surprise that plants grow so easily, giving San Remo the nickname of City of Flowers. Full of Riviera charm, the town is known for its music festival, casino and Milan-San Remo classic cycling race.
3. The Cinque Terre: a stunning national park, the Cinque Terre is an extremely popular hiking destination. The fact that there is a train station in every town makes it easy to discover this breathtaking part of Liguria.
4. Famous sea resorts: colourful Portofino sits on its own peninsula. Rapallo has a small medieval castle. In Santa Margherita Ligure, you can sit and relax in the wonderful gardens of the Villa Durazzo. The Baia del Silenzio in Sestri Levante is simply stunning. In Chiavari, the Shrine of Our Lady dell'Orto cathedral is well worth a visit.
6. A few more facts: Lord Byron, the Shelleys and Hemingway all loved Liguria. The spectacular Golfo dei Poeti, with its cliffs and quaint villages, would steal anyone's heart. An area of the Ligurian Sea has become the "Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals".