The Italian Riviera

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Italian Riviera - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Giardini Botanici Hanbury


    Mortola Inferiore, only 2 km (1 mile) from the French border, is the site of the world-famous Hanbury Botanical Gardens, one of the largest...Read More

  • 2. Palazzo Reale

    Pré | Museum/Gallery

    Lavish rococo rooms provide sumptuous display space for paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and Asian ceramics. The 17th-century palace—also...Read More

  • 3. Abbazia di San Fruttuoso

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A medieval stronghold built by the Benedictines of Monte Cassino protects a minuscule fishing village that can be reached only on foot or by...Read More

  • 4. Acquario di Genova

    Porto Vecchio | Zoo/Aquarium

    Europe's biggest aquarium is the third-most-visited museum in Italy and a must for children. Fifty tanks of marine species, including sea turtles...Read More

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  • 5. Baia del Silenzio


    The Bay of Silence is a sandy cove east of the pedestrians-only street in the old town, with pastel-color bars and restaurants edging the sand...Read More

  • 6. Balzi Rossi


    Prehistoric humans left traces of their lives and magic rites in the Balzi Rossi (Red Rocks), caves carved in the sheer rock. You can visit...Read More

  • 7. Bardineto


    For a look at some of the Riviera's mountain scenery, make an excursion by car to this attractive village in the middle of an area rich in mushrooms...Read More

  • 8. Bussana Vecchia


    In the hills where flowers are cultivated for export, this self-consciously picturesque former ghost town is a flourishing artists' colony....Read More

  • 9. Castelletto

    Castelletto | Neighborhood/Street

    To reach this charming neighborhood high above the city center, you take one of Genoa's historical municipal elevators that whisk you skyward...Read More

  • 10. Castello Brown


    From the harbor, follow the signs for the climb to Castello Brown—the most worthwhile sight in Portofino—with its medieval relics, impeccable...Read More

  • 11. Castello di Lerici


    The promontory is dominated by this 13th-century Pisan castle, which now houses a museum of art and paleontology, a superb location for weddings...Read More

  • 12. Castello di San Giorgio


    The remains of this massive 13th-century castle, atop a small hill above the modern town, now house a small museum dedicated to local archaeology. ...Read More

  • 13. Chiesa Russa Ortodossa

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This onion-dome Russian Orthodox church testifies to a long Russian presence on the Italian Riviera. Russian empress Maria Alexandrovna, wife...Read More

  • 14. Childhood Home of Christopher Columbus

    Molo | House/Mansion/Villa

    The ivy-covered remains of this fabled medieval house stand in the gardens below the Porta Soprana. A small collection of objects and reproductions...Read More

  • 15. Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno

    Piazza Manin | Cemetery

    One of the most famous of Genovese landmarks is this bizarrely beautiful cemetery; its fanciful marble and bronze sculptures sprawl haphazardly...Read More

  • 16. Consorzio Liguria Viamare

    Porto Vecchio | Tour–Sight

    Boat tours of the harbor, operated by the Consorzio Liguria Viamare, launch from the aquarium pier and last about an hour. The tours include...Read More

  • 17. Ferrovia Genova–Casella

    Piazza Manin | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The Genova–Casella Railroad is a good way to get a sense of the rugged landscape around Genoa; the train departs about every hour. In operation...Read More

  • 18. Galata Museo del Mare

    Ponte dei Mille | Museum/Gallery

    Devoted to the city's seafaring history, this museum is probably the best way, at least on dry land, to get an idea of the changing shape of...Read More

  • 19. Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola

    Maddalena | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the richly adorned Palazzo Spinola north of Piazza Soziglia, this beautiful museum contains masterpieces by Luca Giordano and Guido...Read More

  • 20. Granarolo Funicular

    San Teodoro | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Take a cog railway up the steeply rising terrain to another part of the city's fortified walls. It takes 15 minutes to hoist you from Stazione...Read More

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