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Romantic Drive along Italy's Ligurian Coast

Beach outside the Hotel Punta Est, in Finale Ligure.

Photo: David Cicconi

Only Italians seem to have discovered the colorful villages and tranquil beaches of Liguria’s Riviera di Ponente. T+L hits the Via Aurelia for a languorous coastal drive. Read the article

Destinations: Cervo · Varigotti · Finale Ligure · Finalborgo · Alassio

Inspired by: Driving Italy's Ligurian Coast — by Maria Shollenbarger, Published Apr. 2010

Hotels (3)

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    Hotel Punta Est

    The hotel's bar is perched on a bluff overlooking the town and possesses a slightly askew, old-school charm.

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    Hotel Miramare

    Rooms have high ceilings and ocean views; don’t miss cocktails at the terrace bar, steps from the beach.

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    Hotel Al Saraceno

    A refined seaside hotel with 21 rooms; the best have terraces and ocean views.

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Restaurants (4)

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    Muraglia Conchiglia d’Oro

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    Locanda Bellavista

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    Guja

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    Ai Quattru Canti

    At this tiny but packed trattoria, diners feast on torta verde, a ricotta-laced, quichelike creation baked in the wood oven.

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Activities (2)

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    Gelateria Saracena

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    Boncardo

    A 1950’s-vintage bar and beach club; with its concrete floors, high ceilings, industrial lamps, and pull-down glass doors. Beautiful young bartende

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