Although it is geographically connected to the Western Alps, and economically linked to the industrial hubs of Northern Italy, Liguria’s character is decidedly Mediterranean. This is mostly a region of colourful fishing towns by the coast, and quaint stone villages in the hinterland. One notable exception is Liguria’s mighty capital – Genoa. Once a power that rivalled Venice and Pisa, Genoa today offers endless glimpses of gritty street life, in an almost intact medieval centre.
Western Liguria, closer to France and Monaco than the rest of Italy, offers an abundance of classic Riviera images: deep-blue seas, palm-lined boulevards and art nouveau architecture. Around the Portofino peninsula, east of Genoa, one finds just as many Italian seaside clichés, in a beautiful natural setting that combines turquoise waters with the intense greenery of the mountains.
More rustic, although by no means less striking, the famous Cinque Terre are five spectacularly-sited fishing villages at the eastern end of Liguria. The views from the paths connecting the five villages are sensational.
I have an extensive collection of photographs from Liguria, covering most areas of interest in the Riviera dei Fiori (Sanremo, Imperia, Bordighera, etc), Riviera delle Palme (Savona, Finale, Noli, etc) and the Portofino peninsula (Camogli, Santa Margherita, etc), as well as a very high quality autumn series of the Cinque Terre. My collection also features a comprehensive series on Genoa; its art, architecture and street life.
List of photographs of Liguria available in my collection
GENOVA (April 2017, January 2019, July 2021) – A considerable number of sites in the historic centre, the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence, churches, UNESCO-listed Palazzi dei rolli, palazzo reale, squares, narrow streets and alleyways (carruggi), the hills (righe), the neighbourhood of Carmine, the port area, Palazzo del Principe (Andrea Doria), panoramic views, at dusk.
RIVIERA DEI FIORI (2017-2021)— Sanremo, Ventimiglia, Bordighera, Ospedaletti, Taggia, Imperia – Porto Maurizio & Oneglia, Dolceacqua, Apricale, Pigna, Ceriana, Bajardo, Badalucco, Triora, Realdo, Montalto, Bussana, Coldirodi, Vallebona.
RIVIERA DELLE PALME (2018) – Savona, Noli, Varigotti, Finale Ligure, Albenga, Alassio, Laigueglia, Cervo.
RIVIERA DI LEVANTE (2018) – Camogli, Portdiino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Sestri Levante.
CINQUE TERRE (December 2019 & November 2020) – Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia, Monterosso al Mare, sentiero azzurro (blue path), vineyards of the sciacchetrà (Manarola, Corniglia) con with autumn leaves.
Events and festivals – San Benedetto a Taggia / Medieval falconry (February 2017), Santa Maria Maddalena a Taggia / Lavender festival July 2019.
Photo Galleries of Liguria
Riviera dei Fiori
Riviera delle Palme
Riviera di Levante