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Discover Liguria’s Most Beautiful Villages

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Liguria is a region rich in contrasts and natural beauty.

Situated between the sea and the mountainous hinterland, Liguria offers breathtaking landscapes and characteristic villages, some of which are listed among the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Let us therefore discover the most beautiful villages in Liguria, in order from West to East.

The Most Beautiful Villages in Western Liguria

Apricale

Liguria's Most Beautiful Villages

Apricale lies inland in Liguria, among the green peaks of the Maritime Alps, 13 kilometres from the coast of the Riviera di Ponente.

It is a perfectly preserved medieval jewel, characterised by small stone houses, some of which are decorated with special murals, caruggi, arches, ancient wash-houses and other historical buildings.

Its position perched on the hillside means that the village of Apricale is always kissed by the sun, as its name suggests (Apricus means ‘exposed to the sun’).

Triora

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Named one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Triora is located in the province of Imperia, at an altitude of 780 metres.

It is a charming village with crumbling stone houses and winding alleyways .

The village is known for the witchcraft trials, carried out at the end of the 16th century, of some of its inhabitants, accused of being the cause of the famine that was occurring in the area.

In memory of these events, Strigora was created, a festival dedicated to witchcraft that takes place every year on the first Sunday after Ferragosto (mid-August), in the streets of the ancient village.

Most beautiful villages in western Liguria: Dolceacqua

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Dolceacqua is a medieval village in western Liguria, characterised by the so-called humpback bridge and the Doria Castle.

We are in the province of Imperia, a stone’s throw from the mountains.

The charming village was also visited by the famous painter Monet, who decided to depict the Castle of Dolceacqua in one of his paintings.

Cervo

Liguria's Most Beautiful Villages

Cervo is a wonderful medieval village perched on a hill in the province of Imperia.

The historic centre is a maze of narrow streets and crêuze that connect the lower part of the village with the upper part.

The views of the sea are truly breathtaking! Go to the article.

Finalborgo

Finalborgo is a jewel located just a few steps from the sea, enchanting with its atmosphere of times gone by.

It is also part of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Finalborgo is enclosed within well-preserved medieval walls, interspersed with semicircular towers interrupted at the gates.

The peculiarity of the village, is the slate also called ‘Finale stone’, which adorns the buildings.

Worth seeing are the Roman Gate, Castel San Giovanni and Palazzo Ricci.

Verezzi – Borgio Verezzi

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Verezzi is a Saracen hilltop village in the province of Savona.

Devote a day to visiting the hamlets of Verezzi, the historic centre of Borgio on the seafront, and the beautiful coloured caves. Go to full article

Most beautiful villages in Western Liguria: Colletta di Castelbianco

Liguria's Most Beautiful Villages

Seventy residential units scattered here and there, each with its own colourful little door and balcony on which pots of flowers and herbs are placed.

Tranquillity, and attention to detail.

This is the village of Colletta di Castelbianco, listed among the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy in 2008.

Here, too, we are in the province of Savona. Go to full article

Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena

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Located a short distance from Colletta, Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena is also one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

The Clavesana Castle is worth a visit (only on the outside) and the ancient atmosphere of its narrow streets and the typical cuisine can be enjoyed in one of the two agritourisms present. Go to the article

Varigotti and Noli

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Two of Liguria’s most beautiful seaside villages, located a short distance from each other (4 kilometres) are Varigotti and Noli, in the province of Savona.

Noli is marvellous in its ancient alleyways, with its triple circle of walls, historic shops and the Cathedral of San Paragorio.

Varigotti is a fishermen’s village with multicoloured houses that hides truly suggestive corners.

Things to see include the Church of San Lorenzo Vecchio and the fort Ca’ dei Mori.

Most beautiful villages in Western Liguria: Campo Ligure

Liguria's Most Beautiful Villages

Campo Ligure is 40 kilometres from Genoa, and is located at the gateway to the Beigua Regional Natural Park, at an altitude of 342 metres.

Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Campo Ligure is famous for its filigree for and wonderful mechanised nativity scene. Go to full article

The most beautiful villages in eastern Liguria

Camogli

Liguria's Most Beautiful Villages

Camogli is a picturesque seaside village located about twenty kilometres from Genoa.

The multicoloured houses leaning one against the other, the seafront, the focaccia, and the excursions to the Portofino mountain, make Camogli one of the most beautiful places in Liguria , and the most frequented by tourists from all over the world. Go to full article

Portofino

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Another gem of the Riviera di Levante, Portofino is a fascinating fishing village, a must-see.

You can get there on foot, via the Passeggiata dei Baci, by car or by boat.

It is an exclusive destination, with spectacular villas, luxury shops, and yachts moored in the harbour.

Eating at the restaurant is quite expensive but the dishes are fresh fish and the location is unique. Go to full article

The most beautiful villages in eastern Liguria: Sestri Levante

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Sestri Levante is the queen of the eastern Ligurian Riviera.

Located half an hour away from Genoa, the village of Sestri Levante is nestled between two bays, the Baia del Silenzio and the Baia delle Favole.

The centre is full of shops and bars for aperitifs and, thanks to its natural beauty and cultural attractions, Sestri Levante is a suitable destination at any time of year. Go to article

Montebruno

Liguria's Most Beautiful Villages

Montebruno is a small village located in the Ligurian hinterland, just under an hour away from Genoa.

Worth seeing are the medieval stone bridge connecting the two banks of the Trebbia, the Sanctuary of N.S. di Montebruno, dating back to 1496, and the Museum of Peasant Culture.

Montebruno is also the gateway to the Trebbia Valley, where you can admire splendid views and visit pretty little towns. Go to full article

Pentema

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Pentema is a small village located in the green heart of the Pentemina Valley, a side valley of the Trebbia Valley.

Already the view of the small stone houses, piled one on top of the other on the mountain ridge, is something suggestive.

Pentema is a magical place with its creuze that rise and fall, and the Crib that enlivens the village streets in winter.

But Pentema is also the starting point for a variety of regenerating hikes in nature! Go to the article

The most beautiful villages in eastern Liguria: the Cinque Terre

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Impossible not to know the Cinque Terre, one of the most popular destinations in the whole of Liguria!

They comprise five of the most beautiful villages in Italy: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.

The Cinque Terre are connected by an efficient train service and, for those who love trekking, by panoramic paths of medium difficulty.

Portovenere

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Another pearl of the Riviera Ligure di Levante counted among the most beautiful villages in Italy, Portovenere is very reminiscent of the Cinque Terre in terms of the architecture of the buildings and the fishing harbour.

Portovenere stands on a promontory in the province of La Spezia, bathed by marvellous crystal-clear waters.

Not to be missed are the Castle, the Church of San Lorenzo and the Fortified Walls from which to admire the town.

Framing the village are three magnificent islands of the archipelago, namely Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto.

Most Beautiful Villages in Liguria: Conclusion

This concludes the ranking of the most beautiful villages in Liguria. Do you have any other suggestions? Leave a comment below!

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