The region of Liguria is located in northwest Italy along the Ligurian Sea. Liguria borders with France to the west, Piemonte to the north and Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany to the east. There are four provinces in this region: Genova, Imperia, La Spezia and Savona. Genova is the capital city of the region. Liguria is mostly hilly and mountainous with a long coastline.
Visitors come to the Italian Riviera for its beautiful coast and charming seaside towns and villages. This area is best visited by boat, train or on foot. With their characteristic pastel colored houses, there are many charming seaside towns along the Ligurian coast, including Camogli, Portofino, Levanto and Portovenere.
San Fruttuoso, a 13th century Benedictine abbey and small village on the Portofino Peninsula, can be reached on foot or by boat. There are many paths along the Ligurian Coast that take walkers through terraced olive groves and vineyards with spectacular sea views. The most famous of these coastal hiking trails connect the five villages of the Cinque Terre (five lands): Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola & Riomaggiore.