The Italian Riviera attractions

Top Choice Viewpoint in Porto Venere

Grotta di Byron

At the end of the quay, a Cinque Terre panorama unfolds from the rocky terraces of a cave formerly known as Grotta Arpaia. Lord Byron once swam across the gulf from here to Lerici to visit the resident Shelleys and …
Top Choice Museum in Genoa

Musei di Strada Nuova

Skirting the northern edge of the old city limits, pedestrianised Via Garibaldi (formerly Strada Nuova) was planned by Galeazzo Alessi in the 16th century. It quickly became the most sought-after quarter, lined with…
Top Choice Palace in Genoa

Palazzo Reale

If you only get the chance to visit one of the Palazzi dei Rolli (group of palaces belonging to the city's most eminent families), make it this one. A former residence of the Savoy dynasty, it has terraced gardens, …
Top Choice Gallery in Genoa

Primo Piano

A beautiful historical space that runs a program of modern and contemporary shows along interesting curatorial themes. The focus is often on photography. It's part of Palazzo Grillo hotel but has a separate backstre…
Top Choice Museum in Nervi

Wolfsoniana

Some 18,000 items from the period 1880–1945 are displayed in the Wolfson Collection, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, decorative arts, propaganda, everyday objects and industrial design. Absolute eye-cand…
Area in Genoa

Old City

The heart of medieval Genoa – bounded by ancient city gates Porta dei Vacca and Porta Soprana, and the streets of Via Cairoli, Via Garibaldi and Via XXV Aprile – is famed for its caruggi (narrow lanes). Looking up a…
Museum in Genoa

Palazzo Bianco

Flemish, Spanish and Italian artists feature at Palazzo Bianco, the second of the triumvirate of palazzi that are together known as the Musei di Strada Nuova. Rubens’ Venere e Marte (Venus and Mars) and Van Dyck’s V…
Village in Genoa

Boccadasse

When the sun is shining, do as the Genovese do and decamp for a passeggiata along the oceanside promenade, Corso Italia, which begins around 3km east of the city centre. This broad 2.5km-long pavement lined with Lib…
Gardens in Ventimiglia

Giardini Botanici Hanbury

Established in 1867 by English businessman Sir Thomas Hanbury, the 18-hectare Villa Hanbury estate is planted with 5800 botanical species from five continents, including cacti, palm groves and citrus orchards. Today…
Architecture in Genoa

Franco Albini Apartment

One of Italy's best-loved 20th-century architects, Franco Albini was a key figure in the restoration of Genova's palazzi in the post-war period. The third floor of the Palazzo Rosso hides an Italian mid-century gem …