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

    Garden/Arboretum

    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

    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. Accademia delle Belle Arti

    Educational Institution

    Founded in 1751, the city's famous art school houses a collection of paintings from the 16th to the 19th century. Genovese artists of the Baroque...Read More

  • 5. Acquario di Genova

    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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  • 6. Balzi Rossi

    Cave

    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

    Town/Village

    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

    Town/Village

    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

    Neighborhood/Street

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

  • 10. Castello Brown

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The promontory is dominated by this 13th-century Pisan castle that now houses a museum of paleontology and art exhibits, and offers a superb...Read More

  • 12. Castello di San Giorgio

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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. Childhood Home of Christopher Columbus

    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

  • 14. Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno

    Cemetery

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

  • 15. Consorzio Liguria Viamare

    Neighborhood/Street

    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

  • 16. Cristo Salvatore, Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, e San Serafino di Sarov

    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

  • 17. Ferrovia Genova–Casella

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    In continuous operation since 1929, the Genova–Casella Railroad runs from Piazza Manin in Genoa (follow Via Montaldo from the center of town...Read More

  • 18. Galata Museo del Mare

    Museum/Gallery

    Devoted entirely 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...Read More

  • 19. Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola

    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

    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