Three Night Portofino, Santa Margherita and Riviera Ligure
The Riviera Ligure di Levante extends from Genoa to the east, comprising about 130 kilometres. Inlets, bays and shelters make this a stunning stretch of coastline. The valleys that descend steeply to the sea, the waves crashing on the rocks, and the fragrant Mediterranean macchia vegetation make the Riviera Ligure di Levante one of Northern Italy's most beautiful landscapes. The area's many natural parks, including Cinque Terre's UNESCO-protected national park and the Portofino Marine Park, help to protect and enhance this beautiful region. Santa Margherita has everything you could ask for from a town on the Italian Riviera - quaint cafes, abundant boutiques, pastel-painted buildings, and glorious views of the sea. There is a 16th century castle and a 17th-century church, among other historic buildings to visit. The Continental Hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure is nestled amidst grand evergreen oaks, leafy palms, and centuries-old pine trees and placidly overlooks the sea, the picturesque harbour, and the town. Visit San Fruttuoso Abbey, a former monastery set in a secluded coastal bay only reachable by boat or long walk. A visit to the bay between Camogli and Portofino is worth the effort: The abbey's interior holds a wealth of history with a past that includes stints as a Benedictine monastery and even a pirates' den. With your entrance ticket, you'll explore the coastal abbey complex at your leisure, and check out its tower, tombs, and gardens against the backdrop of the bay.