16 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

16 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

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16 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly + Tram + Train:  7 h 30 min
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
Porto Venere
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
Cinque Terre
— 6 nights
Train + Tram + Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Dublin


Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Step out of Genoa with an excursion to Baia del Silenzio in Sestri Levante--about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, don't miss a visit to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari, take a stroll through Boccadasse, and see the interesting displays at Dialogo nel Buio.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Genoa day trip tool .

Dublin, Ireland to Genoa is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Dublin to Genoa, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in January, with highs in Genoa at 13°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Alassio.

Things to do in Genoa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

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Baia del Silenzio
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Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Boccadasse ©


Alassio ©
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alassio: Centro Storico di Cervo (in Cervo), Sanremo (Pista Ciclabile Area 24 - Sanremo & Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia)) and Imperia (Museo della Comunicazione - Voci nell'etere & Grattacielo Oneglia - Centro Direzionale). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Budello di Alassio, get lost in a book at English Library, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista in San Domenico, and contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Albenga.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Alassio trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Genoa to Alassio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Alassio are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Porto Venere.

Things to do in Alassio

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Finale Ligure, Imperia, Sanremo, Savona, Grotta dei Falsari
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Budello di Alassio ©
Budello di Alassio
Finalborgo ©
Fortezza del Priamar ©
Fortezza del Priamar

Porto Venere

Porto Venere ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at San Pietro Church, learn about winemaking at De Gustibus, then steep yourself in history at Porta del Borgo, and finally wander the streets of Portovenere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Santuario della Madonna Bianca (Chiesa di San Lorenzo), stop by Le Mie Sete - Atelier Artistico Artigianale, then make a trip to Piscina Naturale Portovenere E Palmaria, and finally make a trip to Palazzata a Mare.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Porto Venere trip builder website .

You can drive from Alassio to Porto Venere in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Alassio in January, Porto Venere is slightly colder at night with lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Porto Venere

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Portovenere ©
De Gustibus ©
De Gustibus

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
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, historic sites, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario di Nostra Signora di Reggio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre day trip planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Porto Venere to Cinque Terre in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Vernazza ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre

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