21 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

21 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

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21 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Genoa
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Cinque Terre
— 6 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
3
Porto Venere
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Alassio
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

5
nights
Genoa

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Get out of town with these interesting Genoa side-trips: Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante), Santa Margherita Ligure (in Santa Margherita Ligure) and Lungomare Europa - pista ciclabile fra Varazze e Cogoleto (in Varazze). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Genoa, make a trip to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari, see the interesting displays at Galata Museo del Mare, and take in the waterfront at Old Port.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Genoa trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Genoa is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February; daily highs in Genoa reach 14°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, Santa Margherita Ligure, Baia del Silenzio, Lungomare Europa - pista ciclabile fra Varazze e Cogoleto
Highlights from your plan
Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Boccadasse ©
Boccadasse

6
nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Cinque Terre is known for trails, shopping, historic sites, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, trek along Cinque Terre Trails, make a trip to Santuario di Soviore, and get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre route planner.

Getting from Genoa to Cinque Terre by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in February, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Porto Venere.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

3
nights
Porto Venere

Porto Venere ©
Explore Porto Venere's surroundings by going to Villa Magni (in San Terenzo) and Basilica Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (in Sarzana).

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto Venere trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Cinque Terre to Porto Venere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Porto Venere are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Alassio.

Things to do in Porto Venere

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Villa Magni, Basilica Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
Highlights from your plan
Porta del Borgo ©
Porta del Borgo
Portovenere ©
Portovenere

5
nights
Alassio

Alassio ©
Alassio is a town and comune in the province of Savona situated in the western coast of Liguria, Northern Italy, approximately 80km from the French border.Alassio is known for its natural and scenic views. Get out of town with these interesting Alassio side-trips: Imperia (Girapasio & Museo della Comunicazione - Voci nell'etere), Sanremo (Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia) & Pista Ciclabile Area 24 - Sanremo) and Centro Storico di Cervo (in Cervo). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Budello di Alassio, steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Albenga, don't miss a visit to Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, and look for gifts at Three Monkeys.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Alassio trip planner .

You can drive from Porto Venere to Alassio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In March in Alassio, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alassio

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Finale Ligure, Albenga, Imperia, Cervo, Sanremo
Highlights from your plan
Budello di Alassio ©
Budello di Alassio
Finalborgo ©
Finalborgo
Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia) ©
Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia)

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