Italian Riviera

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Italian Riviera

Eat Pesto

The rich sauce made with fresh basil, delicate Ligurian olive oil, pinenuts, garlic, and pecorino cheese was invented in Liguria and tastes better nowhere else. The topping is ubiquitous throughout the region, but Trattoria Cavour is a good first stop.

Trattoria Cavour, Piazza Cavour 1, 011-39-0187-808497, www.trattoriacavour.it (Italian only)
Tags: things to do | history | culinary

Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola

Each of Genoa’s 20-plus museums bears witness to the city’s merchant and trade history and the fantastic Galleria Nazionale, which houses masterpieces by Giordano, da Messina, and Reni, is no exception.

Piazza Pellicceria 1, 011-39-0102-705-300, www.palazzospinola.it
Tags: art | things to do | culture | museum

Giardini Botanici Hanbury

Planted by wealthy Brits Thomas and Daniel Hanbury in 1867, these formal gardens are some of the largest botanical grounds in Italy (they contain 5,800 ornamental, medicinal, and fruit species from five continents, including Japanese Bells and Cork Oaks).

Corso Montecarlo 43, 011-39-0184-22661, www.parks.it/giardini.botanici.hanbury
Tags: eco-friendly | things to do | outdoors | history

Lover's Lane

Cinque Terre’s romantic Via dell’Amore trail overlooks the ocean. Bridges and stone benches line the 0.6-mile-long path, which links the tiny villages of Manarola and Riomaggiore. Tickets must be purchased before you stroll (proceeds go to maintaining the area).

, 011-39-01877-60000, www.parconazionale5terre.it
Tags: things to do | outdoors | culture | architecture

Mercato Orientale

This all-encompassing market sells everything from fruit and cheese to flowers and second hand books. Closed Sundays.

Via XX Settembre 75r and Via Galata,
Tags: things to do | culinary

Museo di Palazzo Reale

The Palazzo Reale museum is worth a visit for its lavish Roccoco rooms stuffed with classical paintings, tapestries, and ceramics.

Via Balbi 10, 011-39-271-0236, www.palazzorealegenova.it
Tags: art | things to do | culture | museum

Whalewatching Liguria By Boat

Depart from Genoa between May and September to venture into the protected, 60,000 sq-mile ocean zone off the coast of Liguria.  Eight species of whales and dolphins can be spotted in these waters; bring binoculars – getting up close is difficult.

Cooperativa Battellieri, Genova, 011-39-0108-680846, www.battellierigenova.it
Tags: eco-friendly | things to do | outdoors | adventure

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