Food Travel > Viaggio in Italia: The Unique Coast Of Tuscany and Liguria Date posted: April 13, 2014

Viaggio in Italia:
The Unique Coast Of
Tuscany and Liguria

Italy holidays 2014: a travel guide to Liguria and Tuscany, the best places to see

Travel with Swide to find out the highlights of Italy: this time we take you to Liguria and Tuscany’s Coast, two Regions where there is still a lot to discover.

Italy is fairly regarded as a small country, but as small as it may be there is a lot to see. Swide comes to the rescue and tells you what you can’t miss with our Travel Guide to Italy. This time we take you to Liguria and Tuscany, two Regions that share a Coast that shelters beautiful towns and pristine waters.

It is hard to pick among the many options that Liguria, a coastal region of North-Western Italy, offers but starting from the Riviera di Ponente (Coast of the setting sun)  we want to give you a quick but helpful suggestion of what you can’t miss: you should visit SanRemo, Savona – one of the most important ports of Italy – and Laigueglia, a smaller but enchanting location.

Italy holidays 2014: a travel guide to Liguria and Tuscany, the best places to see - Laigueglia

 

On the Riviera di Levante (Coast of the rising sun), it’s important you check La Spezia (located between Genoa and Pisa on the Ligurian Sea)

Italy holidays 2014: a travel guide to Liguria and Tuscany, the best places to see

and Genoa, Liguria’s capital, a beautiful city that has many art and cultural highlights. Among many, the Palazzo Reale Museum and the Aquarium, one of the most important in Europe.

Italy holidays 2014: a travel guide to Liguria and Tuscany, the best places to see - Genoa

Make sure not to miss Cinque Terre either: the Five Lands are worldwide renowned for their beauty, with the Via Dell’Amore (Love Walk) that is the favorite spot for love declarations.

Italy holidays 2014: a travel guide to Liguria and Tuscany, the best places to see - Cinque Terre

If you are looking for more picturesque towns, head to Camogli,

Italy holidays 2014: a travel guide to Liguria and Tuscany, the best places to see - Camogli

Porto Venere (where Byron lived) and Portofino, probably the most well known among all Liguria’s spots.

Following the Coast we meet the territory of Lunigiana, located to the extreme North of Tuscany and enclosed between the Apennines, the Apuan Alps, and Ligurian Sea (therefore some of these towns are located in Liguria, too).

Visit the beautiful Pontremoli (and especially the Church of San Francesco),

Italy holidays 2014: a travel guide to Liguria and Tuscany, the best places to see - Pontremoli

the stunning borgo of Ponticello, a medieval town,

Italy holidays 2014: a travel guide to Liguria and Tuscany, the best places to see - Ponticello

and Sarzana, one of the oldest town in Liguria and one that features un-missable antiques markets.

Italy holidays 2014: a travel guide to Liguria and Tuscany, the best places to see - Sarzana

Caprigliola, located on a hill in the valley of Magra, features a tiny sanctuary, the one of Madonna degli Angeli. Carrying on along the Coast, you’ll meet Follonica,

Italy holidays 2014: a travel guide to Liguria and Tuscany, the best places to see

also in Tuscany, with its pristine waters (the city has been awarded the Bandiera Blu (blue flag) every year from 2000-2007 for the cleanliness of its beaches and seawaters) ad affordable living. If you are in search of something more secluded, pick Porto Ercole and Orbetello.

Italy holidays 2014: a travel guide to Liguria and Tuscany, the best places to see - Orbetello

Where to eat:

In Liguria:

In San Remo, eat at the Michelin-starred Paolo e Barbara, a family-owned restaurant where high quality raw materials are the protagonists on the Menu.

In Genoa, stop by at  The Cook in Nervi. If you are searching a Trattoria, instead, head to the romantic La Brinca (Lavagna exit on the freeway) or in Sestri Levante at Trattoria della Mandrella (Via dante 37).

In Tuscany:

A safe bet is of course the three Michelin-starred restaurant Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence. In Grosseto head to Ristorante Bracali and at Porto Ercole a must go-to is definitely Il Pellicano, a two Michelin-star jewel.

Where to stay:

In Liguria

For a dreamy stay, head to Portofino at the Hotel Splendido Belmond. For a more affordable luxury stay, head to Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi in Camogli.

In Tuscany:

Combine a luxury stay with a luxury meal at Il Pellicano or  find your getaway at Castello di Casole (Siena).

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