5 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

5 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italian Riviera travel route planner

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Sanremo
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Varazze
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Genoa
— 1 night
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Portofino
— 1 night
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Sestri Levante
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Sanremo

Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia), then grab your bike and head to Pista Ciclabile Area 24 - Sanremo, and then make a trip to Santuario Madonna Della Costa.

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Milan to Sanremo is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Sanremo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Varazze.

Things to do in Sanremo

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors
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Varazze

— 1 night
Varazze is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Savona in the Italian region Liguria, located about 30km west of Genoa and about 11km northeast of Savona in the Riviera di Ponente. To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Varazze route planner.

Traveling by car from Sanremo to Varazze takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Varazze are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Varazze

Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Genoa

— 1 night
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): make a trip to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari and then take in the waterfront at Old Port.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Genoa online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Varazze to Genoa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Genoa can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Portofino.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Portofino

— 1 night
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): make a trip to Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Portofino planner.

You can take a train from Genoa to Portofino in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Portofino sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sestri Levante.

Things to do in Portofino

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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Sestri Levante

— 1 night
Sestri Levante is a town and comune in Liguria, Italy. On the 7th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santo Stefano.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sestri Levante trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Portofino to Sestri Levante in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Portofino in July, Sestri Levante is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Sestri Levante

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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.