36 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

36 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Finale Ligure
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Finale Ligure
— 7 nights
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Sanremo
— 8 nights
Drive
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Porto Venere
— 4 nights
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Cinque Terre
— 8 nights
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Rapallo
— 8 nights
Drive to Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport, Fly to Cape Town International Airport

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Finale Ligure

Finale Ligure is a comune on the Gulf of Genoa in the Province of Savona in Liguria, Italy. Explore hidden gems such as Varigotti Beach and Grotte di Borgio Verezzi. Escape the urban bustle at Bagni Ondina and 20 Riviera. Venture out of the city with trips to Alassio (Cappelletta Porto Alassio & Lungomare Angelo Ciccione), Cogoleto (Bagni Marechiaro & Bagni Aldebaran) and Museo Diocesano e Battistero Paleocristiano (in Albenga). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Pluto Beach, stroll through Bagni Gallo, head outdoors with Lungomare di Laigueglia, and visit Antico Borgo Saraceno.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Finale Ligure trip itinerary builder.

Cape Town, South Africa to Finale Ligure is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Finale Ligure due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in July, you will find days in Finale Ligure are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are much warmer (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sanremo.

Things to do in Finale Ligure

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Sanremo

Visiting Pista Ciclabile della Riviera Ligure and Bagni Germana will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pista Ciclabile Riva Ligure - Arma di Taggia and Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta. Explore Sanremo's surroundings by going to Imperia (CHIESA BASILICA S. MAURIZIO, Museo dell'Olivo, &more).

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sanremo trip site.

You can drive from Finale Ligure to Sanremo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Sanremo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Porto Venere.

Things to do in Sanremo

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

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Porto Venere

Porto Venere is a town and comune (municipality) located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. Get outdoors at Isola Palmaria and La Baia Blu - Stabilimento Balneare. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lido di Lerici Stabilimento Balneare and Sporting Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Porto Venere: Sarzana (Basilica Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Via Giuseppe Mazzini, &more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Arenella Beach, don't miss a visit to Santuario della Madonna Bianca (Chiesa di San Lorenzo), cool off at Marigola Beach, and stroll through Stabilimento Balneare Venere Azzurra.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Porto Venere trip planner.

You can drive from Sanremo to Porto Venere in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Sanremo in July, Porto Venere is little chillier at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Porto Venere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Cinque Terre

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Borgo Storico di Manarola and Borgo Antico. Take a break from the city and head to Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours and Beach Bar Alga. Change things up with these side-trips from Cinque Terre: Genoa (Piazza San Matteo, D'Albertis Castle, &more), Levanto to Monterosso Trail (in Levanto) and Madonnina della Punta (in Bonassola). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco, Head underground at Ex Gallerie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Lorenzo, and don't miss a visit to Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre day trip planner.

You can drive from Porto Venere to Cinque Terre in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Cinque Terre are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Rapallo.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Rapallo

Cultural Heart of the Italian Riviera

As the Italian Riviera's largest town, Rapallo is noted for its castle perched above the sea and the colorful buildings that lead down the hill to the south-facing bay.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Area Marina Protetta Portofino and Camogli - San Rocco - Batterie - San Fruttuoso Trail. Get outdoors at Hike the Punta Manara and Camogli - San Rocco - Punta Chiappa Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapallo: Sestri Levante (Via XXV aprile, Museo archeologico e della citta di Sestri Levante, &more). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Set Sail Tours, kick back and relax at San Michele di Pagana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giorgio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santo Stefano.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapallo trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Rapallo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cinque Terre in August since evenings lows in Rapallo dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapallo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

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.