Liguria is located in northern Italy, stretching from the Cote d’Azur in the West to Tuscany in the south-east. Often called the ‘Italian Riviera’, it is home to a number of fine beaches and fishing villages. Liguria is home to some of the most enchanting, fashionable and historic resorts in Italy including Genoa, Cinque Terre, Portofino and San Remo.
The property market in this region is always buoyant and real estate prices have recently experience double digit growth (source - 'A Place in the Sun', Channel 4) yet still much cheaper than the neigbouring French Riviera. Real estate options range from the modern villas and apartments on the coast to properties prime for restoration in the hills of the Apennines and the Maritime Alps.
Genoa (Genova) - an old port with a distinct ‘feel’ of its own, Genoa is in the process of being restored and in 2004 was named the European City of Culture. Genoa’s maritime past ensures a blend of cultures unavailable in other parts of Italy and the home of Italian seafood and pesto.
Cinque Terre - consists of 5 villages perched on a steep coastline between Levanto and La Spezia. Monterosso, Vernazza,
Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore boast stunning views of the Gulf of Genoa and are now most famous for producing the Sciacchetra dessert wine.
San Remo - the Monte Carlo of the early 20th Century and has largely maintained its glamorous reputation.
Portofino – popular with those seeking the ‘jet set’ lifestyle, Portofino's heyday was the 1940s and 50s but remains a port with natural chic.
Liguria enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate peaking at 28 °C (82 °F) in the summer months.
Genoa is the principal airport in the region. A number of discount airlines offer regular flights to Genoa including Ryanair.