The map below shows the four Ligurian provinces and the major cities to visit in Liguria.
The eastern Ligurian provinces of La Spezia and Genoa are better known to tourists, despite the fact that La Spezia is seldom visited except to get on a train to the Cinque Terre, fulfilling its roll as “The gateway to the Cinque Terre.”
But other cities along the Italian Riviera are deserving of the tourist’s attention as well. Camogli, for example, is a colorful fishing village with fine seafood restaurants worth a couple of days (or a week or more for a relaxing vacation). Portofino is, as its name implies, one of the finest ports along the coast—and very expensive yachts are found exploiting its virtues. Porto Venere is for the rest of us.
And for a little off-the-beaten-track exploration, try the area around the Bay of Poets, marked on the map. Sarzana is one of our favorite inland towns in Liguria. Lerici has a fine castle overlooking the port, it is a pleasant walk up the coast to San Terenzo, an old style Italian resort that was once home to romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.