Separated by mountains from Piedmont in the north, Emilia Romagna in the east and Tuscany to the south, Liguria stretches narrowly east from France along the coast.
The capital city of Genoa and home of pesto bridges the northern La Riviera di Ponente and the southern La Riviera di Levante coasts. Established as a port city in the 11th century, Genoa is the busiest port in Italy today and one of the country’s major economic centers.
The Cinque Terre consists of five tiny fishing villages perched precariously on the hills that meet the edge of the Mediterannean with grey pebbly beaches. Visitors to the Cinque Terre enjoy bathing at the beaches, hiking the trails between the villages, and relaxing at one of the many luxury spas in the area.
30km south of Genoa lies the riviera town of Portofino, whose main attraction is the simple act of relaxation. Boutique and luxury shops line warm side streets and share views of the sea with inviting cafes.
Wines of the region tend to be white, with the most notable being Sciacchetra produced in the Cinque Terre.