The Italian Riviera Sights

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

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Genoa 31

Portofino 5

San Remo 4

Finale Ligure 3

Portovenere 2

Albisola Marina 2

Giardini Botanici Hanbury 2

Savona 2

Lerici 1

Camogli 1

Bordighera 1

Ventimiglia 1

La Spezia 1

Chiavari 1

Albenga 1

Imperia 1

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Casino–Sight 1

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Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 15

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Abbazia di San Fruttuoso

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

Accademia delle Belle Arti

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

Acquario di Genova

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

Balzi Rossi

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


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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...

Bussana Vecchia

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


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

Castello Brown

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

Castello di Lerici

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

Castello di San Giorgio

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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.


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