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More towns and villages beautiful in Liguria


Overlooking the sea or immersed in the green of the hinterland. From small fishing villages to ancient military settlements. There are many villages in Liguria included in the list of most beautiful villages in Italy. Here is a small selection.

NB: The following list is the result of a survey that actively involved Community members. Over 10.000 users were asked to express 20 preferences, choosing from the proposals of the editorial staff.


Index

  1. Moneglia (Genoa)
  2. Borgio Verezzi (Savona)
  3. Varese Ligure (La Spezia)
  4. Noli (Savona)
  5. Tellaro (La Spezia)
  6. Cervo (Imperia)
  7. Brugnato (La Spezia)
  8. Apricale (Imperia)
  9. Dolceacqua (Imperia)
  10. Campo Ligure (Genoa)
  11. Portofino (Genoa)
  12. Santa Margherita Ligure (Genoa)
  13. Camogli (Genoa)
  14. Rapallo (Genoa)
  15. Sestri Levante (Genoa)
  16. Porto Venere (La Spezia)
  17. Laigueglia (Savona)
  18. Lerici (La Spezia)
  19. San Fruttuoso (Genoa)
  20. Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola (Cinque Terre, La Spezia)
  21. User questions and comments

1 - Moneglia (Genoa)

The name derives from the ancient Monilia which, in Latin, literally means "precious jewels", referring to the richness of vegetation that surrounds the village. Like other feuds loyal to Genoa, Moneglia also participated in the famous one battle of Meloria and that of Porto Pisano against Pisa, for commercial domination over the seas.

According to tradition, Genoa, as a sign of gratitude, donated to the village some links in the chain that served to close the mouths of Porto Pisano, still today embedded in the external wall of the church of Santa Croce.



  • Ideal time for a visit: typically Mediterranean climate, it is possible to visit the village all year round
  • Recommended visit time: 1 day
  • What to see in and around the city: Parish Church of Santa Croce; Church of San Giorgio; Fortress of Monleone; Fortress and tower of Villafranca; Oratory of the Disciplinanti. The city of Chiavari is 25 minutes away
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2 - Borgio Verezzi (Savona)

It is located along the Riviera delle Palme wedged between sea and rock. Her beautiful landscapes have ensured that the village was included in the circuit of the Pearls of Liguria, and included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Founded in 181 BC, the village, on the sea, will then be joined to the municipality of Verezzi, which is located in the hills, giving life to a single municipality, however, consisting of two different settlements. Consisting of four different villages, Borgio is characterized by some details pink stone buildings, which climb the Orera hill.


  • Ideal time for a visit: in the months of July and August for the Borgio Verezzi Theater Festival
  • Recommended visit time: 1-2 days
  • What to see in and around the city: Chapel of the Immaculate Virgin; Watchtower and defense; Church of San Giuseppe; Sanctuary of Maria Regina; Chapel of the Fields. The city of Rialto is 26 minutes away
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3 - Varese Ligure (La Spezia)

The name derives from that of the Vara river that crosses it. Located in a strategic position, located at the intersection of the roads leading to Parma and Tortona, Varese has been under the influence of numerous populations, which have favored its development. First of all the Byzantines, to whom the origin of the municipality should be traced: to reinforce the hypothesis the finds of the time found under the castle of the Fieschi and some toponyms of Greek derivation widely used, including "Monte dei Greci", and the district of Grecino. On the other hand, the dedications of the churches of Porciorasco and Ossegna are an overwhelming testimony of the Lombard presence.


  • Ideal time for a visit: the first Sunday of July for the patronal feast of the Madonna della Visitazione. On May 1st on the occasion of folk songs and dances in costume. In July and August for a series of band concerts
  • Recommended visit time: 2 days
  • What to see in and around the city: Church of San Giovanni Battista; Borgo Rotondo; Fieschi Castle of Varese Ligure; Fieschi Castle on Mount Tanano; Ferrari Palace; Civic Tower. Ossegna is 15 minutes away
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4 - Noli (Savona)

Ancient center of the Ligurians, it was town hall in Roman times. Its name probably derives from Neapolis, or "new city". The historic center has a porticoed front.
This was originally the center of the seaside village, built following the structure of that of Genoa. Noli is the ideal place for those who want enjoy a holiday surrounded by nature. With its beautiful beaches and the lush and green hinterland, with the historic baths, and the walks in the green, Noli has earned its right to enter the club of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Not to mention the splendid religious architecture and medieval buildings sown throughout the territory of the village.


  • Ideal time for a visit: second Sunday of July, for the patronal feast of Sant'Eugenio, the second Sunday of September, for the Regata dei Rioni di Noli, on 29 June for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul
  • Recommended visit time: 2 days
  • What to see in and around the city: Porta di Piazza; Town Hall Tower; Torre and Porta Papona; Torre del Canto or the Quattro Canti; Monte Ursino Castle. The city of Savona is 20 minutes away
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5 - Tellaro (La Spezia)

To reach the small seaside village of Tellaro, located close to a cliff, it is possible to take two roads: one panoramic street overlooking the sea, which passes from Maralunga and then from Fiascherino, or descending on foot from one of the many paths, which start from the villages above.
Walking through Tellaro means entering a real one fairytale territory, made of colorful houses and small intertwined alleys, where traditions meet culture and history, all overlooking the wonderful Gulf of Poets.


  • Ideal time for a visit: December 24th for underwater Christmas
  • Recommended visit time: 2 days
  • What to see in and around the city: the fortified walls; Church of San Giorgio; Oratory of Santa Maria; the marina; the natural park. La Spezia is 25 minutes away
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6 - Cervo (Imperia)

According to some historical sources, the name of the village derives from the Latin word "servant", literally "offering services", engraved in Roman times on the signs of the inns to indicate hospitality.
Its origins would be so ancient as to date back even to prehistoric period.

situated close to the beautiful blue sea with the green hills behind it, Cervo Ligure has preserved all its medieval features intact which, together with the scenic beauty, make it one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.


  • Ideal time for a visit: in July and August for the International Chamber Music Festival. On the occasion of the Spring Festival from February to May
  • Recommended visit time: 2-3 days
  • What to see in and around the city: Palazzo Morchio; Palazzo del Duca; Torre del Capo; Clavesana Castle; Parish church of San Giovanni Battista. The city of Sanremo can be reached in 40 minutes
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7 - Brugnato (La Spezia)

The toponym Aprumacum derives from prunus, the plum tree, which in dialect are called brigne: the name Brugnato indicates the presence of this fruit in the plains of the place.

The birth of the village is done dating back between the seventh and eighth centuries when the monks erected a monastery which over time grew to become a religious and economic nerve center. Thanks to the current photographs from above, it is possible to distinguish the particular elliptical shape of the village, which develops around the circular one of the monastery. Brugnato rises on the banks of the Vara river, from where, in ancient times, stones were obtained to make lime and wood for the fire.

  • Ideal time for a visit: during the infiorata del corpus domini, which takes place throughout the month of May, until the beginning of June
  • Recommended visit time: 1 day
  • What to see in and around the city: Episcopal Palace; Romanesque bridge over the Vara river; Oratory of San Bernardo; Parish church of Sant'Antonio Abate. The city of Sestri Levante is 30 minutes away
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8 - Apricale (Imperia)

It is a village frequented mainly by artists who have painted about fifty murals on the facades of the houses. The name of the village derives from apricus, or "exposed to the sun", which indicates its happy position, which gives it an excellent climate.
The town's main square is the beating heart of the life of the village, a meeting place and place for major local events. The Castello della Lucertola, around which Apricale develops, today it houses a rich museum and nocturnal performances of the open-air theater.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in the week of Valentine's Day for A come Amore in Apricale. In February for the oil festival. The first or second Sunday of September for the Pansarole Festival
  • Recommended visit time: 1-2 days
  • What to see in and around the city: Oratory of San Bartolomeo; Castle of the Lizard; Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli; Church of Sant'Antonio Abate. In 8 minutes you reach the village of Dolceacqua
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9 - Dolceacqua (Imperia)

It is the national headquarters of the Orange Flag Countries association, the environmental tourism quality mark of the Italian Touring Club. Consisting of two small villages, connected to each other by a Roman bridge dominated by the castle, the beauty of the village also bewitched the painter Claude Monet, who immortalized her on four canvases. At the foot of the castle is one of the offices of the Regional Enoteca of Liguria, famous for its Rossese di Dolceacqua, a excellent ruby ​​red wine with a soft, aromatic and sweet flavor.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in spring to enjoy the mild climate. Avoid August so as not to run into the wave of arriving tourists
  • Recommended visit time: 1-2 days
  • What to see in and around the city: Palazzo Doria; Romanesque bridge; Sanctuary of the Addolorata; castle; Old Town. Sanremo can be reached in 35 minutes
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10 - Campo Ligure (Genoa)

Located on the banks of the Stura stream, Campo Ligure is probably of Roman derivation: given the archaeological finds resurfaced during the excavations for the construction of the Asti-Genoa railway line.
Given his very strategic position, the village was immediately fortified and used to counter the Germanic invasions. A watchtower was thus erected, of the strong walls dating back to the XII-XIII century and a castle. To date, the castle, renovated several times, hosts concerts and cultural initiatives.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in the first weekend of August for the Campofestival
  • Recommended visit time: 1 day
  • What to see in and around the city: Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary; Medieval bridge; Oratory of Saints Sebastian and Rocco; the Spinola castle. The Capanne di Marcarolo Natural Park is 30 minutes away
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11 - Portofino (Genoa)

The municipality has only 380 inhabitants but is known all over the world, for its almost, if at all, uncontaminated territory and its beaches, considered a chosen destination for exclusive holidays by VIPs and wealthy vacationers. Just the beaches, in particular those concentrated along the eastern side of the promontory, constitute a protected marine area.
Furthermore, together with the municipalities of Santa Margherita Ligure and Camogli, it forms the Portofino Regional Natural Park, a protected natural area where hiking activities can be carried out. This Ligurian resort, despite its yachts and luxury hotels, retains the charm of a picturesque fishing village.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in summer, thanks to its pleasant climate and with little rainfall
  • Recommended visit time: 1-2 days
  • What to see in and around the city: Castello Brown; Church of San Giorgio; Church of the Divo Martino; Portofino Regional Natural Park; Cannon Bay; Bay of Niasca. In 10 minutes you can reach Santa Margherita Ligure
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12 - Santa Margherita Ligure (Genoa)

It is located on the eastern Ligurian Riviera, in the innermost part of the Gulf of Tigullio. Its downtown is surrounded by hills covered with typically Mediterranean vegetation, such as woods of maritime pines, chestnut trees and olive groves, on which villas and gardens have been built with a view of the so-called "Costa dei Delfini", which links the city to Portofino. A part of the municipal territory is part of the Portofino Regional Natural Park. Today it has increasingly become a renowned exclusive tourist resort.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in summer, also between May and August there is the Palio marinaro del Tigullio. While the second Sunday of September the Palio dei Quartieri
  • Recommended visit time: 1-2 days
  • What to see in and around the city: Shrine of Our Lady of the Rose; Villa Durazzo-Centurione; the castle. The city of Rapallo is 10 minutes away
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13 - Camogli (Genoa)

He is a typical fishing village and tourist center known for its marina and the colorful buildings that characterize the waterfront area. The colors and the clearer horizontal lines were used by the Camogliese sailors to more easily recognize their home between the various floors of the buildings in the village. It is also called the "City of a thousand white sailing ships". The architectural aspect that Camogli presents are i typical colorful buildings overlooking the beach, this feature is also due to the characteristics of the territory, the town is in fact built along the slopes of a relief almost overlooking the sea.

  • Ideal time for a visit: throughout the year, if you do not want to visit it when it is too crowded, avoid the summer
  • Recommended visit time: 1-2 days
  • What to see in and around the city: Minor Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta; Sanctuary of Nostra Signora del Boschetto; the building; Dragonara Castle. The city of Portofino is 30 minutes away
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14 - Rapallo (Genoa)

The term rapallization is linked to the city of Rapallo, synonymous with wild and indiscriminate urbanization. Located in the western part of the Gulf of Tigullio, its municipal area is crossed by numerous streams, where over time residential areas corresponding to today's hamlets have developed. From the town, through special paths, it is possible to reach the main peaks of the place, such as the Manico del Lume and Monte Pegge. The jagged coasts, do not allow the development of sandy beaches, so in summer the bathing establishments are built on wooden piers.

  • Ideal time for a visit: throughout the year thanks to its Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters
  • Recommended visit time: 2 days
  • What to see in and around the city: Sanctuary of Montallegro; Sanctuary of Caravaggio; the castle on the sea; Punta Pagana Castle. Camogli can be reached in 20 minutes
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15 - Sestri Levante (Genoa)

It is one of the last resorts east of the Gulf of Tigullio, it offers not only a beautiful sea and a famous beach, but a wonderful historic center to be discovered full of history and culture with religious and civil buildings that best tell its past. Due to its geographic conformation it is defined as the "city of two seas", most likely this name comes from the writer Hans Christian Andersen who stayed in the city.
Sestri Levante rises close to a rocky promontory jutting out into the sea and joined to the mainland by an isthmus, thus the historic center of Sestris faces the two bays "delle Favole" and "del Silenzio".

  • Ideal time for a visit: thanks to the Mediterranean climate throughout the year
  • Recommended visit time: 1 day
  • What to see in and around the city: Basilica of Santa Maria di Nazareth; Bay of Silence; Former Convent of the Annunciation; Medieval Church of San Nicolò of the island; Bay of Fables. Chiavari can be reached in 15 minutes
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16 - Porto Venere (La Spezia)

It is one of the most popular pearls of Liguria. It is located in the Gulf of Poets, on the border with Tuscany and in close contact with the Cinque Terre, it is a typical picturesque fishing village which attracts thousands of tourists every year, both in summer and in winter. The first thing you notice of the beautiful village is the building on the sea, consisting of a wall of colored houses. The beautiful details and views of Porto Venere, its views and its colors have made the location UNESCO heritage, which was also, in past centuries, the home of Montale, Wagner and even Lord Byron.

  • Ideal time for a visit: throughout the year, rainfall is intense but short-lived, concentrated mainly in autumn
  • Recommended visit time: 1-2 days
  • What to see in and around the city: Church of San Pietro; the building; the historic center; Church of San Lorenzo; Lord Byron's cave; Shrine of Our Lady of Grace. The city of La Spezia is 25 minutes away
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17 - Laigueglia (Savona)

It's a little one seaside village extended on the western Ligurian Riviera, due to its territorial surface it is the smallest municipal body in the province of Savona. Its name, which derives from Aquilia, denotes the Roman origin of the place. With its small size, the squares by the sea, the pink-lilac tones of the buildings, it is part of the club of the most beautiful villages in Italy. All these characteristics give it that charm of an old seaside village that most of the Ligurian municipalities of the Riviera, over time, have lost. Here the beach is filled with boats and nets, especially in winter, and the heart of the town has remained in the squares, alleys and colors.

  • Ideal time for a visit: for the Jazz Festival in the last week of June, in July and August on the occasion of the Landing of the Saracens
  • Recommended visit time: 1 day
  • What to see in and around the city: Parish Church of San Matteo; Oratory of Santa Maria Maddalena. In 20 minutes you reach Albenga
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18 - Lerici (La Spezia)

It is one of the most famous seaside villages in the north of Italy, indeed destination of many tourists throughout the year and, for the past few decades, many people coming especially from Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna have bought their summer homes here.

The first historical traces of this Ligurian village date back to the Etruscan era, over time the particular geographical position made Lerici a natural port. But it was with the Republic of Genoa that its importance grew. The territory of Lerici it rises in the center of a small cove natural area called Seno di Lerici and dominated by a promontory on which the castle stands out.

  • Ideal time for a visit: thanks to the oceanic and Mediterranean climate, all year round
  • Recommended visit time: 1-2 days
  • What to see in and around the city: Church of San Francesco d'Assisi; the castle of Lerici; the marina. Ameglia can be reached in 15 minutes
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19 - San Fruttuoso (Genoa)

It rises in a small bay that winds between Camogli and Portofino. This pearl of Liguria, located at the foot of Mount Portofino, it can only be reached by sea, from the embarkation docks of Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Chiavari, Lavagna and Sestri Levante, or on foot thanks to the paths of the mountain. Dominating the whole scenario are the Abbey, the beach, the Torre dei Doria and the rare fishermen's houses. The bay is also known for Christ of the Abyss, a bronze statue located about 15 meters on the seabed that can be seen when the sea is very clear, also a copy is kept inside the church.

  • Ideal time for a visit: to tackle the trails the ideal is in spring, when the climate is pleasant and not too hot
  • Recommended visit time: 1 day
  • What to see in and around the city: Abbey of San Fruttuoso; Tower of the Dorias. Genoa is 55 minutes away
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20 - Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola (Cinque Terre, La Spezia)

It's a wonderful stretch of jagged coast of the Ligurian Riviera di Levante, famous for its paths that can be traveled on foot or by bicycle. It includes five villages, from west to east Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Since 1997 the Cinque Terre have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, are considered not only a destination of high naturalistic interest, but also one of the most evocative Italian coastal attractions. Over the centuries, human intervention has changed the territory, the famous terraces overlooking the sea have been built, in order to use the steeply sloping land as much as possible for agricultural activity. This also helped make the place one of the most characteristic and fascinating Ligurian landscapes.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in spring or summer, in fact, during the cold seasons the footpaths are not always accessible
  • Recommended visit time: 5-7 days
  • What to see in and around the city: the historic center of Vernazza; statue of Neptune in Monterosso; the Belvedere of Santa Maria in Corniglia; the port of Manarola; the castle of Riomaggiore. The city of Moneglia is an hour away
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