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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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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  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Il Bigo

    Porto Vecchio | Viewpoint

    Designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano, this spiderlike white structure was erected in 1992 to celebrate the Columbus quincentenary...Read More

  • 8. Palazzo Bianco

    Maddalena | Museum/Gallery

    It's difficult to miss the splendid white facade of this town palace and museum as you walk down Via Garibaldi (also known as Strada Nuova)...Read More

  • 9. Palazzo Rosso

    Maddalena | Castle/Palace

    This 17th-century Baroque palace, named for the red stone used in its construction, now contains, apart from a number of lavishly frescoed suites...Read More

  • 10. Paraggi


    The only sand beach near Portofino is at Paraggi, a cove on the road between Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. The bus will stop here on...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Sant'Agostino

    Molo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 13th-century Gothic church was damaged during World War II, but it still has a fine campanile with a Moorish inlaid marble design, and...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Zecca-Righi funicular

    Pré | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    A seven-stop commuter funicular begins at Piazza della Nunziata and ends at a high lookout on the fortified gates in the 17th-century city walls...Read More

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