8 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

8 days in Italian Riviera Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italian Riviera trip planner

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Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
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Genoa
— 4 nights
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Cinque Terre

— 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Cinque Terre is known for trails, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, make a trip to Borgo Antico, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, and get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cinque Terre day trip planning website.

Chicago, USA to Cinque Terre is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Cinque Terre. Traveling from Chicago in April, expect Cinque Terre to be a bit warmer, temps between 66°F and 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Genoa.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Genoa

— 4 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Genoa is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, get engrossed in the history at Museo di Palazzo Reale, make a trip to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari, and take in the waterfront at Old Port.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Genoa trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Cinque Terre to Genoa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cinque Terre in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Genoa, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Italian Riviera travel guide

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Aquariums · Landmarks · Beaches
Sandwiched between the Ligurian Sea and the Alps and Apennines, the Italian Riviera is a narrow coastal strip with a string of places to visit, from upscale seaside resorts to fishing villages. It's enormously popular with both Italian and foreign tourists. You can easily escape the crowds by venturing farther away from the sea and sightseeing in the hillside villages of the inland area. The western section of the Riviera is touted for its roses, almonds, and citrus groves, while the eastern part features a much more rugged terrain and several nature and marine preserves. The Riviera's mild climate and its charming fishing ports have made it not only a popular holiday destination for tourists, but also an inspiration for artists like Byron and Shelley, both of whom traveled extensively here.