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Liguria extends in an arc from the French border, hugging the Ligurian Sea to beyond Genoa. Discover charming and picturesque ports, a rocky coastline interrupted by beautiful sandy beaches and small coves all with a backdrop of rising mountains and rolling hills. It’s a most enticing location for your villa in Italy; for self catering accommodation see our collection of villas in Liguria.

Liguria, equally referred to as the Italian Riviera, is in north west Italy and offers the perfect mix of modern amenities and both natural and man-made beauty, along with a warm Mediterranean climate.

The principal city in the region is Genoa, one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities with a rich maritime history and the country''s largest naval and commercial port. It has a fascinating old quarter with narrow alleyways, some exquisite 16th century architecture and beautiful palaces of the Renaissance. It also has a renowned aquarium; one of the best in Europe.

Genoa stands between two very distinct areas of coastline known as the Riviera di Ponente and the Riviera di Levante.

Riviera di Ponente lies to the west of Genoa and is a popular tourist destination. Sanremo, a major flower exporter, boasts an array of glasshouses, and nearby Noli and Albenga are medieval centres with an abundance of character and charm. For a true Mediterranean seaside feel, head to Finale Ligure, with its palm tree-lined promenade, array of restaurants, white sandy beaches and spectacular views.

Riviera di Levante is a more rugged and includes a number of villages well worth visiting. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty which feels wild in places whilst being very far from remote. Portofino is an upmarket resort and fishing village with an extremely picturesque harbour famous for attracting celebrities and visitors like. Nearby Santa Margherita Ligure has a castle dating back to 1550 and the Basilica of St Margaret of Antiochia, which sits on the site of a church dates from the 13th century.

Apart from the beautiful coastline and the many watersports on offer here, visitors will discover a hinterland of mountains, rolling fields, valleys and lakes which are just perfect for walking.

To enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery Italy has to offer, take to the Cinque Terre for a dramatic coastal walk through vineyards and scrubland and to take in the sheer enormity of its jutting headlands and head-spinning gulfs. The route links five picturesque fishing villages.

To start planning your visit to this lovely corner of Italy browse our selection of villas in Liguria.

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  • Villa Montefiorito

    Recco

    Grade
    7
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: ILL368

    This comfortable home has an infinity pool with a whirlpool area, and enjoys beautiful views over the sea. Just 1.5km from Recco, this charming property is well placed for trips to Camogli, 5km, Santa Margherita Ligure and Rapallo, 11km, Portofino, 17km and Genova, 24km. Ferries run from Recco to San Fruttuoso, where the submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ (Cristo degli abissi) can be seen. The property is reached by a stone staircase, and a railway line (screened by trees) runs 200m away below. Golf 11km. Beach 1.5km. Shop 1km, restaurant 550m.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining room with French doors and tiled floor. Kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. Steep, open-sided, turning stairs to first floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double with French doors and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 2 twin, 1 single. 2 shower rooms with toilet.

    Central heating. Satellite TV. Gas/elec cooker. M/wave. Laundry room with w/machine. D/washer. Wi-fi. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Outdoor swimming pool (55m², open mid May-mid Sep). NB: Drops and steps in garden.

    • Distance to Recco 1.3km
    • Distance to beach 1.5km
    • Nearest facilities 550m
    • Nearest airport Genova

  • La Casa Rossa

    Zoagli

    Grade
    10
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: ILL304

    This holiday apartment, set over two floors and boasting a terrace with a sea view, is located in a two family house (the owner lives occasionally in the other part of the house) on a hillside. This is an ideal location for exploring the Ligurian Riviera and is just 10 minutes from the lovely beach promenade of Zaogli (sand and rocks). The pretty little town of Rapallo is 2.3km away, while Santa Margherita and Portofino are just minutes away. Nature lovers will enjoy the magnificent views along the many hiking trails in the hills.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 2 steps to 1 double, 1 single with 4 steps to additional double sofa bed. Shower room with toilet. Steep spiral stairs to first floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    CH. Two satellite TVs. Gas/electric cooker. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. Internet connection. Terrace with furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Step to terrace.

    • Distance to Rapallo 2.3km
    • Distance to beach 480m
    • Nearest facilities 520m
    • Nearest airport Genoa

  • Villa Portofino Sunrise

    Pieve Ligure

    Grade
    10
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: ILL365

    This elegant villa in Pieve Ligure enjoys wonderful views over the Golfo del Paradiso and the foreland of Portofino. The villa is accessed via steps and is laid out over the first two floors of this four storey property. The house is surrounded by a large, terraced and partly tiled garden with a BBQ and pizza oven and guests can enjoy the delights of al fresco dining. From the house a ’Creuza’, which is a typical Ligurian lane with steps, leads into the village. This is an ideal position to explore this picturesque coast, from the beaches of Bogliasco 1km, Camogli 8km, Zoagli and Rapallo 16km, Recco 4.8km, Santa Margherita and Portofino 20km, to the Cinque Terre or Genoa with its ancient Palazzi. There is a steep, narrow road leading to the parking area.

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room with French doors and tiled floor. Second living room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. Turning stairs to first floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double, all with French doors, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Central heating. DVD. Gas/electric cooker. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. Internet access. Garden with furniture. Balcony. BBQ. Garage (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Step into shower.

    • Distance to Bogliasco 1km
    • Distance to beach 400m
    • Nearest facilities 500m
    • Nearest airport Genoa

  • Villa Isabella

    S. Michele di Pagana

    Grade
    10
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: ILL369

    This elegant, 17th-century villa with separate annexe, is just 650m from the beautiful beaches of San Michele di Pagana. The manor house consists of two storeys and features an elegant staircase to the first floor with air-conditioned bedrooms enjoying partial views of the bay. The air-conditioned annexe features English décor and has a living room, kitchenette, a bathroom and a double bedroom with access to the garden. The house is surrounded by an enlcosed, well-kept garden and is furnished for outdoor dining. The property is located halfway between Rapallo, 2.4km, and Santa Margherita, 1.7km, and is ideal for visiting not only their bays, but also the towns of Portofino, 7km, and Camogli, 9km. From Santa Margherita you can take a ferry to Punta Chiappa and San Fruttuoso where diving fans can admire a statue of Christ on the sea bed. From here also the world-famous Cinque Terre are reachable. The city of Genoa with its historical centre (UNESCO World Heritage), is 29km away. Approximately 200m below the villa and hidden by trees, runs a railway line.

    External steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. Turning stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 with double sofa bed. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. Annexe: Ground floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open sided stairs to first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with double sofa bed.

    Open fire. Central heating. Two satellite TVs. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with terrace and furniture. BBQ. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Steps in grounds. The access road is narrow in places.

    • Distance to Santa Margherita 1.7km
    • Distance to beach 650m
    • Nearest facilities 600m
    • Nearest airport Genoa

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