9 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

9 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

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9 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  6 h 45 min
1
Sarzana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Varese Ligure
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Genoa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: London

2
nights
Sarzana

Sarzana ©
Sarzana is a town, comune (municipality) and former short-lived Catholic bishopric in the Province of La Spezia, of Liguria region, northwestern Italy, 15km east of Spezia, on the railway to Pisa, at the point where the railway to Parma diverges to the north. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro, step into the grandiose world of Castle dell'Aquila, then wander the streets of Borgo di Ponzanello, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello Malaspina. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Lerici, then examine the collection at Museo Delle Statue Stele Lunigianesi, then explore the galleries of Castello del Piagnaro, and finally do a tasting at Cantine Lunae.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sarzana trip builder site .

London, UK to Sarzana is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Sarzana due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in April, with highs in Sarzana at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Varese Ligure.

Things to do in Sarzana

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fosdinovo, Pontremoli, Castello di Lerici, Cantine Lunae, Castle dell'Aquila
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Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro ©
Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro
Castle dell'Aquila ©
Castle dell'Aquila
Castello di Lerici ©
Castello di Lerici

3
nights
Varese Ligure

Varese Ligure ©
Varese Ligure is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 50km east of Genoa and about 35km northwest of La Spezia.Varese Ligure borders the following municipalities: Albareto, Borzonasca, Carro, Maissana, Ne, Sesta Godano, Tornolo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rocca d'Olgisio and Miniera di Gambatesa. Get outdoors at Stretti di Giaredo and Parco Regionale dell'Aveto. Venture out of the city with trips to Tarsogno- Alta Via (AVML) (in Tornolo), Compiano Castle (in Compiano) and Bobbio (Borgo Medioevale di Bobbio, Abbazia di San Colombano, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castello di Berceto.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Varese Ligure day trip planning site .

You can drive from Sarzana to Varese Ligure in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Genoa.

Things to do in Varese Ligure

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bobbio, Compiano Castle, Stretti di Giaredo, Parco Regionale dell'Aveto, Miniera di Gambatesa
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Rocca d'Olgisio ©
Rocca d'Olgisio
Miniera di Gambatesa ©
Miniera di Gambatesa
Compiano Castle ©
Compiano Castle

3
nights
Genoa

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.
Visit Baia dei Saraceni and Varigotti Beach for some beach relaxation. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno and Centro Storico di Albenga. Venture out of the city with trips to Grotte di Borgio Verezzi (in Borgio Verezzi) and Centro Storico di Cervo (in Cervo). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo Diocesano Chiostro dei Canonici di San Lorenzo, see the interesting displays at Dialogo nel Buio, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello.

For other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Genoa tour builder.

You can drive from Varese Ligure to Genoa in 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Genoa when traveling from Varese Ligure in April, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Finale Ligure, Grotte di Borgio Verezzi, Centro Storico di Albenga, Centro Storico di Cervo
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D'Albertis Castle ©
D'Albertis Castle
Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello ©
Dialogo nel Buio ©
Dialogo nel Buio

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