22 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

22 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

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Fly to Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport, Drive to Imperia
— 4 nights
Porto Venere
— 3 nights
Cinque Terre
— 7 nights
— 6 nights


Imperia — 4 nights

Imperia is a coastal city and comune in the region of Liguria, Italy. Get out of town with these interesting Imperia side-trips: Sanremo (Villa Ormond, Pista Ciclabile Area 24 - Sanremo, &more), Chiesa di San Paragorio (in Noli) and Santuario della Madonna Miracolosa (in Taggia). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Finalborgo, examine the collection at Museo dell'Olivo, explore the landscape on two wheels at Pista Ciclabile della Riviera Ligure, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Diocesano e Battistero Paleocristiano.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Imperia online trip maker.

Dallas, USA to Imperia is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Dallas to Imperia due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dallas in March, plan for slightly colder days in Imperia, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Porto Venere.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks
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Find places to stay Mar 20 — 24:

Porto Venere — 3 nights

Porto Venere is a town and comune (municipality) located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto Venere: Basilica Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (in Sarzana) and Villa Magni (in San Terenzo). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Portovenere, head off the coast to Isola Palmaria, make a trip to Palazzata a Mare, and look for gifts at Le Mie Sete - Atelier Artistico Artigianale.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Porto Venere trip planner.

Getting from Imperia to Porto Venere by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Imperia in March since evenings lows in Porto Venere dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:

Cinque Terre — 7 nights

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Step out of Cinque Terre to go to Levanto and see Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore, hike along Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia, and do a tasting at Cinque Terre Walk and Drink.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Porto Venere to Cinque Terre takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Genoa.
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Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 3:

Genoa — 6 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.
Explore Genoa's surroundings by going to Lungomare Europa - pista ciclabile fra Varazze e Cogoleto (in Varazze), Santa Margherita Ligure (in Santa Margherita Ligure) and Abbazia di San Fruttuoso (in Camogli). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello, get to know the fascinating history of Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Genoa trip planning site.

You can take a train from Cinque Terre to Genoa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cinque Terre in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 54°F in Genoa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay Apr 3 — 9:

Italian Riviera travel guide

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.