Sandy or rocky beaches, deep or rather shallow sea, touristic and lively cities or less known and quiet? Regardless of your preferences, a holiday on the Italian Riviera will be successful! Both parts of the Ligurian coast offer something unique, but they have a lot in common – Mediterranean climate, crystal sea and unique views.
The Italian (or Ligurian) Riviera covers almost the entire Ligurian coast. It is a narrow coastal strip in Italy between the Ligurian Sea and the mountain range of the Maritime Alps and the Apennines. It stretches from the border with France and the Cote d'Azur to Capo Corvo near the border between Italian Liguria and Tuscany. The riviera is divided into two parts: Riviera di Levante and Riviera di Ponente.
A holiday on the Italian Riviera can be planned either in the di Levante or di Ponente part – both are slightly different from each other. So what to choose? We answer! Riviera di Ponente, located west of Genoa, is characterized by sandy beaches and a deep sea floor. On the Riviera di Levante, east of Genoa, sand is mixed with stones, and the views are complemented by the cliffs overlooking the sea. In the latter part of the riviera, there are many tourist destinations such as Camogli and Portofino, as well as the bay of La Spezia. So if you are interested in camping on a sandy beach, not a rocky one, choose Riviera di Ponente, and if you value the proximity of famous tourist destinations – go ahead and choose Riviera di Levante.