Must-see

Fishing - Noli

Noli, one of the ‘Borghi più belli d’Italia’ (Italy’s most beautiful villages), is a centre renowned for its charming old fishing village, with narrow alleyways, known as carüggi. The Noli area has remained one of the few coastal villages to still have local fishermen who go out to sea every night in their small motor boats and return in the morning with their fresh catch, using their ancient traditionally Arabic nets. Early in the morning, you can find excellent fresh fish near the beaches, and admire the small boats, the gozzi.

Toirano Caves - Toirano

Located in the municipality of Borghetto Santo Spirito, the Toirano Caves represent one of the main attractions in Liguria. Go on an astonishing journey through stalactites and stalagmites, inside what was once the shelter for cave bears. The caves are also famous for their historical and archaeological value, as you can even see footprints of Homo Sapiens there!

Varigotti

Varigotti is well-known for the vivid colours of the plasterwork on its buildings in the Saracen village and the beauty and quality of its beaches, making it a famous tourist resort with a strong seafaring character.

The 6 o’clock Bell in Piazza Mameli - Savona

It may seem a common thing to hear the sound of bells while walking. In Savona, however, when the 6 p.m. bell rings in Piazza Mameli, everything stops – pedestrians, motorbikes, taxis and cars. For 30 seconds, every day, you can watch this unusual scene and hear the War Memorial Bell ring in memory of the fallen in all wars.

Artists' Walk - Albissola Marina

A stroll along the promenade amidst culture, colours and noteworthy signatures. Twenty-one artists contributed their art to four million tiles, making Albissola Marina a lively, welcoming and pleasant place. Stop-off at the Jorn Museum – it’s a must!

Panissa with Fugassetta

Panissa is made with chickpea flour, water and salt and is cut into half-moon shapes and fried, this has led to them being known as Fette, meaning ‘slices’.
‘Panissa con la Fugassetta’ is one of the best-loved local dishes and has become Savona’s first to be listed on as a municipal delicacy, Denominazione Comunale di Origine, or De.CO. You can taste it in historic cafes and restaurants in the centre of Savona.

Marine Mammal Watching

The stretch of sea that laps the Liguria coast, along with Tuscany, Sardinia and France, is characterised by being one of the richest areas of marine life in the Mediterranean. And the Pelagos Sanctuary was created to preserve the conservation status of the sea’s cetaceans. Trips are organised to watch these marvellous marine mammals, with a focus on the impact of humans on the environment. Whale watching from a boat or a sailing boat – a thrill to be experienced!

Lungomare Europa - "Villa Araba" - Varazze

The Lungomare Europa is a cycle and pedestrian path created from the old railway that connected Genoa to Savona. Now used as a promenade, it connects Varazze to Cogoleto and, as you walk along it, you can enjoy a beautiful sea view, as well as a well-deserved break in the sun in the coves below.

Baptistery of Albenga - Albenga

The Baptistery is the most famous early Christian monument in the region. The original entrance was underground, at street level in the 6th century AD. Its external ten-sided structure makes it unique in the area, and lets us understand the ancient connection of the city of Albenga with Milan. The baptismal font inside is very impressive and is where immersive baptism was celebrated.

Finale Archaeological Museum - Finale Ligure

In the Finale Archaeological Museum, you can trace the history of the Finale area, from the Palaeolithic to the modern age. During the visit, you can look at archaeological finds, reconstructions and ancient ornaments. The museum is good for children’s educational activities, as it puts on special workshops. Also worth mentioning is the interesting ‘Archeotrekking finale’ initiative. These are visits and excursions that aim to show visitors places that cannot normally be visited.

La Campana del Miracolo - Pietra Ligure

You can see the ‘Campana del Miracolo’ or Bell of the Miracle in the Basilica of San Nicolò in Pietra Ligure. According to legend, it was rung by St Nicholas of Bari at the end of the plague in 1525. If you climb the bell tower, you can see the ‘Bell of the Miracle’. The name derives from the unusual sight that can be seen above one of the bells – the imprint of a hand that’s said to be that of St Nicholas. This makes the bell tower a truly sacred place, and because of the devotion to St Nicholas, the ‘Feast of the Miracle’ is also celebrated every year.

Monte Piccaro - Borghetto Santo Spirito

Monte Piccaro stands behind Borghetto Santo Spirito. More than a hill, a mountain. A beautiful hill with a marvellous view over the sea, Monte Piccaro is a landmark for the inhabitants of the Ligurian Riviera. A place where happy moments are spent by young and old alike, that also lends itself well to climbing, or walking its paths.

Wind Festival in Spotorno - Spotorno

Every year in Spotorno, the municipality organises the Festival del Vento, The Wind Festival. This event of European appeal welcomes around thirty clubs from all over Italy and beyond including Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Germany. All the while, kites of all shapes and sizes fly in the sky, three-dimensional, inflatable, static, giant or tiny. A spectacle that, combined with the sun and the sea, makes for a unique atmosphere!

Villa Gavotti - Albisola Superiore

On Via della Rovere, you can see an example of Genoese Baroque architecture and one of the most beautiful Italian streets of the 18th century. The entrance to Villa Gavotti was built by the last descendant of the Della Rovere family, Francesco Maria, Doge of Genoa. The square villa has two large side terraces, leading to a wide flight of stairs, embellished with statues and ornaments and ending with the gardens and a central pond. On the ground floor, there are rooms with paintings depicting the seasons.

Colla Micheri - Laigueglia

Tucked away at the back of a hill, Colla Micheri is a still inhabited village in Laigueglia. Built specifically so as not to be seen by the Saracens, it is now one of the main attractions of the village. Olive trees on one side, sea on the other, the peace that this spot evokes is sensational. You set off from Laigueglia along one of the main roads until you get to Via Monaco.

Loano Marina - Loano

A famous marina and starting point for whale watching trips, Marina di Loano is the ideal place to stroll around during the day, or in the evening, as it is comfortable and organised. Let yourself be swept away by its magical atmosphere, night clubs and Yacht Club! If you want to spend the day at the beach, Marina Beach will be the perfect destination.

Muretto Di Alassio - Alassio

The walls in Alassio are an open-air work in progress. It was the idea of the owner of the Caffè Roma, Mario Berrino, who wanted to embellish the avenue where his bar is located – often frequented by Ernest Hemingway. The concept was to use autographed ceramic tiles, which were then added one after the other as time went by, starting a real tradition in its own way.

Clock Museum - Tovo San Giacomo

The Clock Museum was started by the driving force of Giovanni Bergallo, the last watchmaker who wanted to leave the legacy of the watchmaking to the town, Tovo, through the donation of his own collection. The Bergallo family built tower clocks for a long time, and the entire collection can now be seen in the museum, which recounts this family tradition in an authentic and engaging way.