11 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

11 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

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Fly
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Genoa
— 4 nights
Train
2
Cinque Terre
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Porto Venere
— 1 night
Drive
4
Finale Ligure
— 1 night
Drive to Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport, Fly to Austin

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Genoa

— 4 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.
Step out of Genoa with an excursion to Baia del Silenzio in Sestri Levante--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Genoa, enjoy breathtaking views from Spianata Castelletto, examine the collection at Galata Museo del Mare, and make a trip to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari.

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Austin, USA to Genoa is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Austin to Genoa due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Austin in May: high temperatures in Genoa hover around 69°F and lows are around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 4 — 8:

Cinque Terre

— 4 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Cinque Terre is known for trails, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, discover the deep blue sea with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church.

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Traveling by train from Genoa to Cinque Terre takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Genoa in May since evenings lows in Cinque Terre dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Porto Venere.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay May 8 — 12:

Porto Venere

— 1 night
Porto Venere is a town and comune (municipality) located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. On the 13th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pietro Church, then do a tasting at De Gustibus, and then stop by Portovenere.

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Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Porto Venere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May in Porto Venere, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Finale Ligure.

Things to do in Porto Venere

Wineries · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 12 — 13:

Finale Ligure

— 1 night
Finale Ligure is a comune on the Gulf of Genoa in the Province of Savona in Liguria, Italy. On the 14th (Sat), stroll through Varigotti Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Finale Ligure travel planner.

Traveling by car from Porto Venere to Finale Ligure takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Finale Ligure

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

Italian Riviera travel guide

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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.