With its rabbit warren of medieval streets, revamped port area and clutch of first-rate museums and churches, Genoa could easily justify a week of your time.
2 Finale Ligure
If you just want somewhere to relax and spend time swimming and beach-lounging, look no further – this is the classic Ligurian family resort.
3 San Remo
With its famous Art Nouveau casino, elegant palm-tree-lined seafront and unique old quarter, San Remo affords a glimpse of old-style Riviera glamour.
In a way it’s nothing special, but its large beach, popular with surfers, and its family-friendly, unpretentious centre, make Levanto perhaps the nicest resort on the coast – and a great authentically Italian base for the Cinque Terre.
5 Cinque Terre
Five picturesque villages shoehorned into one of the most rugged parts of Liguria’s coastline and linked by a highly scenic, coastal walking path.