A narrow strip of land stretching westwards along the northern coast of Italy, renowned for its year-round mild climate: for over a century, Liguria has been one of Italy's top tourist destinations. For proof of this, look no further than the region’s many Belle Époque-style bathing resorts, which are reminiscent of Cannes or Monte Carlo.
Sail along the coast of Liguria and you can get to know Genoa, a city of art and Italy's main commercial port, surrounded on either side by stretches of cliffs and inlets, with plenty of romantic, postcard-perfect spots. In a splendid, often untouched natural setting, there are centuries-old defence towers, churches towering above the sea and clusters of small fishing villages where all sorts of events and folk festivals take place. Those arriving from France will sail into the Riviera dei Fiori (“Riviera of Flowers”) while the eastern part of the region boasts beauty spots such as the Portofino nature reserve and the world-famous Cinque Terre.