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Romantic Road Trip on Italy’s Ligurian Coast

T+L hits the Via Aurelia for a drive along the colorful villages and tranquil beaches of Liguria’s Riviera di Ponente.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  Liguria’s Riviera di Ponente—"of the setting sun"—stretches from Genoa westward to the French border; its name is an apt... more »

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Points of Interest

At this tiny but packed trattoria, diners feast on torta verde, a ricotta-laced, quichelike creation baked in the wood oven.

Address:
22 Via Torcelli
Finale Ligure
Italy

Phone:
39-019-680-540

2. Hotel Punta Est

The hotel’s bar is perched on a bluff overlooking the town and possesses a slightly askew, old-school charm.

Address:
1 Via Aurelia
Finale Ligure
Italy

Phone:
39-019-600-611

A 1950’s-vintage bar and beach club; with its concrete floors, high ceilings, industrial lamps, and pull-down glass doors. Beautiful young bartenders strike exaggerated contrapposti behind the 25-foot-long bar, insouciantly dispensing the occasional Peroni or Aperol spritz. The terrace overlooks rows of blue and yellow umbrellas and, two miles out... More

Rooms have high ceilings and ocean views; don’t miss cocktails at the terrace bar, steps from the beach.

Address:
66 Via Aurelia
Varigotti
Italy

Phone:
39-019-698-018

A refined seaside hotel with 21 rooms; the best have terraces and ocean views.

Address:
2 Via Al Capo
Varigotti
Italy

Phone:
39-019-698-8182