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Exploring Liguria: Go Beyond Cinque Terre On The Italian Riviera

Discover the lesser-known treasures of Liguria, Italy, that offer a unique and authentic vacation experience on the Italian Riviera beyond the crowds and tourist traps of Cinque Terre

Sestri Levante, Liguria, Italian Riviera

The Region of Liguria, nestled along the coast of the sparkling Ligurian Sea in northern Italy, has long captivated travelers with its iconic Cinque Terre and the picturesque port town of Portofino. However, if you seek a more unique but equally authentic experience, the region offers a plethora of hidden gems waiting to be explored by travelers looking to break from the crowds. Join us as we venture beyond Cinque Terre and Portofino to discover the lesser-known destinations that will leave you mesmerized by Liguria's beauty.

Where To Go - Coastal Towns


Our first stop takes us to the enchanting coastal town of Portovenere. Perched on the Gulf of Poets, this gem offers stunning views of colorful houses clinging to the cliffs and the majestic Church of St. Peter which sits atop the rocks. Explore the medieval old town, stroll along the waterfront promenade, and discover the breathtaking beauty of Byron's Cave.

Portovenere, Liguria, Italian Riviera


Step back in time with a visit to Camogli, a charming fishing village that exudes history and culture. Wander through narrow streets adorned with pastel-colored houses, and savor the fresh catch of the day at one of the seaside restaurants. Don't miss the San Fruttuoso Abbey, accessible by boat or hike, which reveals a hidden cove with an ancient abbey nestled amidst lush greenery.

Portovenere, Liguria, Italian Riviera


Experience romance and medieval charm in Lerici, a picturesque town near La Spezia boasting a fairy-tale castle overlooking the Gulf of Poets. Stroll along the seafront promenade, indulge in delectable seafood, and discover hidden coves and secluded beaches along the stunning coast.

Lerici, Liguria, Italian Riviera

Sestri Levante

Known for the "Bay of Silence" and the "Bay of Fables," Sestri Levante is a haven of tranquil coastal living. Embrace the charming atmosphere, relax on the nearby pristine beaches, and explore the quaint town center. The famous Baia del Silenzio is a must-visit, where the gentle lapping of waves crash upon the cragged rocks in this stunning little bay.

Sestri Levante, Liguria, Italian Riviera

Santa Margherita Ligure

A refined resort town boasting elegant architecture and a vibrant atmosphere jus a stones throw from Portofino. Stroll along palm-lined streets, indulge in local delicacies at charming cafes, and take in the panoramic views from the nearby hills.

Santa Margherita Ligure, Liguria, Italian Riviera

Must-Visit Secluded Beaches

San Fruttuoso Beach

Accessible only by boat ride from Portofino or Camogli, or by a scenic yet intensive 2-3 hour hike through Portofino Regional Park, San Fruttuoso Beach and it's historic cliffside abbey rewards visitors with an unspoiled cove hugged by cliffs and forests, making it a true hidden paradise. Hidden beneath the water just off the shore you can also dive to find a hauntingly beautiful sunken statue of Jesus known as Christ of the Abyss!

San Fruttuoso, Liguria, Italian Riviera
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Baia del Silenzio

Discover the beauty of the "Bay of Silence" in Sestri Levante, a peaceful cove embraced by ancient fishermen's houses and a stunning seascape.

Baia del Silenzia, Beach, Liguria, Italian Riviera

Paraggi Beach

Hidden between Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure, Paraggi Beach lures travelers with its crystal-clear waters and natural beauty. Relax under the shade of pine trees and bask in the rustic coastal tranquility.

Paraggi beach, Liguria, Italian Riviera

For the perfect trip of a lifetime or destination honeymoon, we suggest staying in Portofino and venturing to these nearby locations by car, taxi, or private Isarti Travel driver.

Venturing beyond Cinque Terre and Portofino offers travelers a new taste of the Italian Riviera. Break away from the crowds to discover unparalleled costal beauty with easy accessibility from Milan. Looking to travel to Liguria? Let the travel experts at Isarti Travel help design for you an unforgettable vacation to Italy

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