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. Loggia dei Mercanti

    Maddalena | Market/Bazaar

    This merchants' row dating from the 16th century is lined with shops selling local foods and gifts, as well as flowers and vintage books and records. ...Read More

  • 2. Palazzo dell'Università

    Pré | Educational Institution

    Built in the 1630s as a Jesuit college, this has been Genoa's university since 1803. The exterior is unassuming, but climb the stairway flanked...Read More

  • 3. Porta Soprana

    Molo | Notable Building

    A striking 12th-century twin-tower structure, this medieval gateway stands on the spot where a road from ancient Rome entered the city. It is...Read More

  • 4. Punta Portofino


    Pristine views can be had from the deteriorating faro (lighthouse) at Punta Portofino, a 15-minute walk along the point that begins at the...Read More

  • 5. San Giorgio

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This small church, sitting on a ridge above Portofino, is said to contain the relics of its namesake, brought back from the Holy Land by the...Read More

  • 6. San Lorenzo

    Molo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Contrasting black slate and white marble, so common in Liguria, embellishes the cathedral at the heart of medieval Genoa, inside and out. Consecrated...Read More

  • 7. San Matteo

    Maddalena | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This typically Genovese black-and-white-striped church dates from the 12th century; its crypt contains the tomb of Andrea Doria (1466–1560)...Read More

  • 8. San Siro

    Maddalena | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Genoa's oldest church was a Benedictine monastery and the city's cathedral from the 4th to the 9th century. It was rebuilt in the 16th and 17th...Read More

  • 9. Santa Maria di Castello

    Molo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of Genoa's most significant religious buildings, an early-Christian church, was rebuilt in the 12th century and finally completed in 1513...Read More

  • 10. Santissima Annunziata del Vastato

    Pré | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Exuberantly frescoed vaults decorate the 16th- to 17th-century church, which is an excellent example of Genovese Baroque architecture. ...Read More

  • 11. The Harbor

    Porto Vecchio | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    A boat tour (with Consorzio Liguria Viamare, for example) gives you a good perspective on the layout of the harbor, which dates to Roman times...Read More

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