Anchoring the westernmost point of the Cinque Terre, the unpretentious small resort of LEVANTO feels quite cut off by Ligurian standards, but it has a nice sandy beach (attracting a surfy crowd), inexpensive hotels and good transport links that make it perhaps the best base for exploring the area. There are no real sights – only the Loggia Comunale on the central Piazza del Popolo, the black-and-white-striped church of Sant’Andrea across the road from here in the old part of town, and the odd surviving stretch of medieval wall – but the town is a pleasant and, for the most part, thoroughly Italian seaside resort.

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