Liguria Italy
Essential Facts and Info

Liguria Italy is that magical narrow strip of coastline stretching from the French
border all the way to the top of Tuscany.


The area has been attracting travellers for centuries with its resorts and beautiful beaches, favoured by its balmy weather and turquoise waters. There are picturesque little fishing villages, small resort towns and historic port towns to admire and explore as well as the charming hillsides fragrant with the scent of lemon, olive and pine trees.

Liguria boasts some 340km of coastline which is known as the Italian Riviera and is characterised by both continuous line of long beaches as well as high cliffs and spectacular coves.

Genova is the capital of Liguria and is one of Italy’s most historic places. The city has a glorious past as one of history’s great maritime powers (Christopher Columbus was born here too), and an ancient center of commerce. It is Genova that marks the Ligurian coastline into two distinct parts:

 

Riviera di Ponente (Shore of the Setting Sun) lies on the west between the French border and Genova. This stretch is more resort-oriented and is marked with succession of long sandy beaches. It starts from France with the so-called Riviera dei Fiori (Riviera of Flowers) taking its name from the extensive flower cultivation in this area. One of the best loved spots here is the town of Sanremo, famed as the Italy’s flower capital as well as for its music festival Festival della Canzone

The Riviera di Ponente has many important historical centers to explore from the town of Albenga to Noli and Alassio on the Riviera delle Palme ( Riviera of Palms). On this part of the Liguria coast also lie the enchanting cities like Cervo, a medieval town dominated by its great Baroque church, and Bordighera, the most exotic town of the Riviera di Ponente.

 

The coastline that stretches from Genova towards Tuscany is called Riviera di Levante (Shore of the Rising Sun) and its landscape is rockier with high cliffs hanging over the clear blue waters. Here you have the chance to discover the charm of many colourful fishing villages including the picturesque hamlets of Cinque Terre  and small resorts, the likes of Lerici  and Portovenere.

Just east of Genova, clinging to the shores of the Monte Portofino Promontory you will find four of the coast's most appealing towns situated within a few kilometres of one another: Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, and the famous Portofino...


Liguria Italy Basic Facts Details
Country
Italy

Flag of the Region

Flag of Liguria Region Italy

Location
Liguria is a coastal region in the north-west of Italy, very popular with tourists for its beautiful beaches, picturesque little towns, and local food specialities. Liguria is enclosed between the Ligurian sea and the Alps and the Apennines mountains:

Map of Liguria Italy LocationClick on image to enlarge

Capital
Genoa

Liguria Italy Provinces
  • Province of Imperia
    Area: 1,156km²
    Population: 220,217
  • Province of Savona
    Area: 1,545km²
    Population: 265,194
  • Province of Genova
    Area: 1,838km²
    Population: 884,945
  • Province of La Spezia
    Area: 881km²
    Population: 222,602
  • Liguria Provinces ItalyClick on image to enlarge

    Size
    Liguria is the third smallest of all the Italian regions with total area of 5,420 km2
    (2,092.7 sq mi)
    Population
    (2008-10-31)

  • Total  - 1,614,924
  • Density  - 298/km2
    (771.7/sq mi)
  • Currency
    EURO (€)
    More about Italy Money and Banks
    Language
    Italian is the official language in Liguria, Italy
    Holidays
    Please see our National Holidays in Italy page for more information on holidays celebrated in Liguria. Most Banks, government offices, and stores will be closed during holidays.
    Weather / Temperature
    Winter Average of
    6-11°C / 43-52°F
    Summer Average of
    25-28°C / 77-83°F
    More about Liguria Weather
    Time Zone
    CET (Central European Time) - that is 1 hour ahead of UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) or 2 ahead during the CEST (Central European Summer Time)

    If you are still confused, here is the current time in Italy :


    Genova

    Electric Info
    The electric current in Italy is 220V and the cycle is 50Hz. Though voltage may vary, in different cities and towns from 125 to 220.
    Emergency Numbers
    More about emergency phone numbers and Italy phone numbers
    Hospitals
    The public health system is managed provincially by ASL (Azienda Sanitaria Locale). More about how to find the nearest hospital and general travel health advice .


    Liguria Italy Essential Facts


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