Italian Riviera

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Italian Riviera
Riviera Italiana
Riviera ligure
Riviera
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From top down, left to right: panoramic view of Cinque Terre, Levanto, Bonassola, Sestri Levante, Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino, Camogli
CountryItaly
RegioneLiguria
Population
 • Total1.8 million
Liguria and the Italian Riviera
La Riviera italienne, travel poster for ENIT, ca. 1920.

The Italian Riviera, or Ligurian Riviera (Italian: Riviera ligure; Ligurian: Rivêa ligure) is the narrow coastal strip which lies between the Ligurian Sea and the mountain chain formed by the Maritime Alps and the Apennines. Longitudinally it extends from the border with France and the French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur) near Ventimiglia (a former customs post) to Capo Corvo (also known as Punta Bianca) which marks the eastern end of the Gulf of La Spezia and is close to the border with Tuscany. The Italian Riviera thus includes nearly all of the coastline of Liguria. (Historically the "Riviera" extended further to the west, through what is now French territory as far as Marseille.[1][2])

Overview[edit]

The Riviera's centre is Genoa, which divides it into two main sections: the Riviera di Ponente (“the coast of the setting sun”), extending westwards from Genoa to the French border; and the Riviera di Levante (“the coast of the rising sun”) between Genoa and Capo Corvo.

It is famous for its particularly mild climate and relaxed way of life which, together with the charm of its old fishing ports and the beauty of its landscape, has made it a popular destination for travellers and tourists since the time of Byron and Shelley.

Many villages and towns in the area are internationally known, such as Portofino, Bordighera, Lerici and the Cinque Terre.

The part of the Riviera di Ponente centred on Savona, is called the "Riviera delle Palme" (the Riviera of palms); the part centred on Sanremo, is the "Riviera dei Fiori", after the long-established flower growing industry.

Places on or near the Italian Riviera include:

Municipality Province or Metropolitan City
Ventimiglia Imperia (16)
Camporosso
Vallecrosia
Bordighera
Ospedaletti
San Remo
Taggia
Riva Ligure
Santo Stefano al Mare
Cipressa
Costarainera
San Lorenzo al Mare
Imperia
Diano Marina
San Bartolomeo al Mare
Cervo
Andora Savona(19)
Laigueglia
Alassio
Albenga
Ceriale
Borghetto Santo Spirito
Loano
Pietra Ligure
Borgio Verezzi
Finale Ligure
Noli
Spotorno
Bergeggi
Vado Ligure
Savona
Albissola Marina
Albisola Superiore
Celle Ligure
Varazze
Cogoleto Genoa (16)
Arenzano
Genoa
Bogliasco
Pieve Ligure
Sori
Recco
Camogli
Portofino
Santa Margherita Ligure
Rapallo
Zoagli
Chiavari
Lavagna
Sestri Levante
Moneglia
Deiva Marina La Spezia (12)
Framura
Bonassola
Levanto
Monterosso al Mare
Vernazza
Riomaggiore
La Spezia
Portovenere
Lerici
Ameglia
Sarzana

Events and festivals[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Baughan, Rosa (1880). Winter havens in the sunny South, a complete handbook to the Riviera. London: The Bazaar.
  2. ^ Black, Charles B. (1887). The Riviera, Or The Coast from Marseilles to Leghorn, Including Carrara, Lucca, Pisa, Pistoja and Florence (Third ed.). Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black.

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