Italian Riviera

The Italian Riviera, or Ligurian Riviera (Italian Riviera ligure) is the narrow coastal strip which lies between the Ligurian Seaand the mountain chain formed by the Maritime Alps and the Apennines. Longitudinally it extends from the border withFrance and the French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur) near Ventimiglia (a former customs post) to Capo Corvo (also known as Punta Bianca) which…

Sarzana, Italian Riviera

Sarzana The history of Sarzana dates back to Roman times and its many fortifications bear witness to the various powers who sought to defend this large settlement through the course of the centuries. Strategically set on an extensive fertile plain on the route connecting Tuscany to Liguria and Emilia, it was ideally positioned both for farming and for trade. As…

Lerici

Lerici Although Lerici’s historical origins and precise year of foundation have long since been lost in the mists of time, we know that in antiquity it was called ‘Portus Iliycis’. This name is most likely derived from the Greek word ‘Iliakos’, meaning ‘of Ilium’ or ‘Trojan’, leading us to speculate that the town was founded by refugees from the Trojan…

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre – Liguria, Italy This dramatically mountainous strip of Ligurian territory, bordering the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean and cradling the so-called ‘Five Lands’, or five ancient fishing villages, forms some of Italy’s most extraordinary and best preserved landscape. The rocky cliff-faces, stretching between Cape Mesco in the west and Cape Manara in the east, plunge precipitously into the…

Porto Venere

Porto Venere Although it is not one of the Cinque Terre, Portovenere’s brightly coloured tower-houses lend it a similar picturesque appearance to one of its famous neighbouring fishing villages. Indeed, the town and its unique setting form one of the most attractive and easily accessible sights on this coastline. Its beauty dates back to Roman times, when it was founded…