13 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

13 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italian Riviera trip planner

Make it your trip
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Genoa
— 3 nights
Train
2
Cinque Terre
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Porto Venere
— 1 night
Drive
4
Alassio
— 2 nights
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Genoa

— 3 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Go for a jaunt from Genoa to Sestri Levante to see Baia del Silenzio about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, make a trip to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Genoa road trip tool.

Chicago, USA to Genoa is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Chicago in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Genoa, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cinque Terre

— 4 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Cinque Terre is known for trails, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, and make a trip to Borgo Antico.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Genoa to Cinque Terre by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Genoa in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cinque Terre, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Porto Venere.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Porto Venere

— 1 night
Porto Venere is a town and comune (municipality) located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, head off the coast to Isola Palmaria, then make a trip to Santuario della Madonna Bianca (Chiesa di San Lorenzo), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pietro Church, and finally Head underground at Grotta di Byron.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Porto Venere journey planner.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Porto Venere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June in Porto Venere, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Alassio.

Things to do in Porto Venere

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Alassio

— 2 nights
Alassio is a town and comune in the province of Savona situated in the western coast of Liguria, Northern Italy, approximately 80km from the French border.Alassio is known for its natural and scenic views. On the 3rd (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Budello di Alassio, then kick back and relax at Baba Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Albenga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): stroll through Pista Ciclabile Area 24 - Sanremo, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Toirano, then don't miss a visit to Finalborgo, and finally Head underground at Grotte di Borgio Verezzi.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Alassio tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Porto Venere to Alassio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June, daytime highs in Alassio are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Alassio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Italian Riviera travel guide

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Aquariums · Landmarks · Beaches
Sandwiched between the Ligurian Sea and the Alps and Apennines, the Italian Riviera is a narrow coastal strip with a string of places to visit, from upscale seaside resorts to fishing villages. It's enormously popular with both Italian and foreign tourists. You can easily escape the crowds by venturing farther away from the sea and sightseeing in the hillside villages of the inland area. The western section of the Riviera is touted for its roses, almonds, and citrus groves, while the eastern part features a much more rugged terrain and several nature and marine preserves. The Riviera's mild climate and its charming fishing ports have made it not only a popular holiday destination for tourists, but also an inspiration for artists like Byron and Shelley, both of whom traveled extensively here.