Liguria Car Hire living the land

Liguria is washed by the Ligurian Sea and is surrounded by the Ligurian Alps and Apennines.

It is one of Italy’s smallest regions but it has an extraordinarily rich territory both from a naturalistic and historical point of view.

Characterised by magnificent cities of art and picturesque villages situated along the coast and inland, Liguria’s diversity of environments makes it an ideal destination for different types of travellers

A land of sea, history and excellent cuisine, this region is able to satisfy every type of expectation and is ideal to visit any time of the year.

Are you ready for an unforgettable holiday in Liguria?

What to see in Liguria: the Riviera di Ponente

Given its geography and the many places to visit, Liguria is perfect to discover in a car, allowing you to travel comfortably from the coast to the hinterland.

Our advice is to rent the car directly in the region by contacting the Maggiore car rental offices in Liguria, which are located in the capital Genoa, and also in the cities of La Spezia, Sanremo, Savona and Lavagna.

In each location you will find highly qualified staff, ready to provide you with the highest level of assistance, and a fleet of modern, safe and well-sanitised vehicles.

Your tour of Liguria must begin in Genoa, a city wedged between the sea and the mountains that is often underrated, but in reality is filled with many interesting places.

In the Ligurian capital, it is worth visiting the 14th-century Lanterna, a 77-metre-high tower that has always been a symbol of the city, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Genoese Gothic style and the Palazzi dei Rolli, the ancient residences of Genoese nobility, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

A tour of Genoa would not be complete without a visit to the historic centre and its network of “caruggi” (alleyways), whose magical atmosphere has inspired famous artists such as Fabrizio De Andrè and Gino Paoli, and a visit to the Aquarium, the largest in Italy and second in Europe after that of Valencia.

From the capital you can set off to discover Riviera di Ponente, visiting first of all Savona, a city with a long history, where you can admire the beautiful Primar Fortress and the Leon Pancaldo Tower, and then set off again for Albenga, the “City of a Hundred Towers”, where you can wander around the fascinating historic centre, or relax on its beautiful sand and gravel beaches, while admiring a unique view of the Island of Gallinara.

Take the Via Aurelia and after only 6 km stop in Alassio, an elegant seaside town known for its famous Muretto which inspired the equally famous Miss Muretto beauty pageant, and then continue for another 38 km to Imperia, characterised by two different souls which are well represented by Oneglia, a hamlet in the east and heart of the city, and by Porto Maurizio, where we suggest you take the “Passeggiata degli Innamorati” (Lover’s Walk), a small road overlooking the sea between Borgo Marina and Borgo Foce.

However, the places to see in Western Liguria don’t end here!

To complete your tour you must visit Sanremo, the largest city in the Riviera dei Fiori, where you can admire its beautiful architecture, such as the Cathedral of San Siro, the Russian Church and Villa Nobel, and enjoy a few hours of fun at the famous Casino. You can then take the car and drive to Bordighera, where enchanting beaches await you, such as those of Rattaconigli and Arziglia, and Ventimiglia, a city a few kilometres from the Cote d’Azur also known as the “Western Gateway to Italy”.


A tour of the beautiful Riviera di Levante

Moving on to the Riviera di Levante, there are just as many things to visit in Liguria!

Start your trip from Rapallo, an elegant and lively city known for its magnificent villas, such as Villa Tigullio and Villa del Trattato, and explore its surroundings where jewels of rare beauty await you, such as the famous Portofino, one of the most famous seaside destinations in Liguria, Santa Margherita Ligure, a city between the sea and the mountains located in the innermost part of the Gulf of Tigullio, and Camogli, the “City of a Thousand White Sailing Ships”, characterised by its colourful houses and beautiful view of the Gulf of Paradiso.

Take the A12 motorway and after about an hour and half’s drive you will reach the beautiful Cinque Terre, a spectacular and pristine stretch of coastline between Punta Mesco and Punta di Montenero, part of the Cinque Terre National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 together with Portovenere and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto.

On your journey along this stretch of Ligurian coastline, you will encounter the splendid villages of Monterosso, a land much loved by Eugenio Montale, Vernazza, with its colourful little houses, Corniglia, a village perched on a cliff and accessible almost exclusively by sea, Manarola, with its paradise-like beaches, and Riomaggiore, a picturesque village to be discovered, and where the Via dell’Amore begins.

After immersing yourself in the uncontaminated nature of Cinque Terre, in only 25 minutes you can reach La Spezia, with its important port set in the Gulf of Poets and its beautiful seafront, while another 10 km takes you to Lerici, where you can visit the beautiful Monumental Castle, the Tower of San Rocco and the Sanctuary of Madonna di Maralunga, and then relax on the beaches of Venere Azzurra and Baia Blu, without forgetting to visit the nearby village of Tellaro, which is particularly beautiful at sunset.

Visiting Liguria does not only mean travelling along its coast, but also going inland where ancient and very picturesque villages await you.

There are many villages to see in the Ligurian hinterland, and we suggest a daytrip to Dolceacqua, a medieval village in Val Nervia dominated by the Doria Castle, Zuccarello, a small village in the province of Savona and included in the list of “The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy”, Apricale, a medieval village perched on a slope above the valley of Rio Mandancio, and Triora, a historic village of Valle Argentina, also known as the “Village of Witches”.

Finally, if you want to see something truly unique, then head to Seborga, a municipality between Ospedaletti and Bordighera, which became famous for proclaiming its independence from the Italian State and establishing a Principality, and Bussana Vecchia, a village destroyed by an earthquake in the late 19th century, which was rebuilt thanks to a community of international artists and is now known as the “village of artists”.

Dream-like beaches, fascinating cities and mysterious villages, Liguria is all this and much more, and is waiting for you to discover it all.