The Ligurian Coast is arguably the most beautiful and romantic stretch on the Italian coastline, renowned for its mild climate, prolific cultural and heritage sites and classical atmosphere.
As well as a wonderfully laid-back lifestyle, the charms of its ancient fishing ports and scenic landscapes have ensured that this part of the meandering Italian Riviera remains among the most popular yacht charter destinations in the Mediterranean.
The arc of the Italian Riviera consists of a thin coastal strip at the foot of the Maritime Alps, and encompasses the dramatic coastline of Liguria, between Tuscany and the French Côte d'Azur. Narrow beaches dust the coves and bays between sheer rock faces plunging into the water. Bustling seaside towns define elegance and at the historical and cultural centre is Genoa, dividing the shoreline in half.
To really get a sense of the region, spend time exploring the Cinque Terre, five enchanting coastal villages which are beautifully preserved and protected as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Don some hiking boots and walk between them.
Spend a romantic afternoon in the achingly pretty Portofino, the harbour of 65 colours. This little port between the cobalt sea and the emerald mountains is enduringly popular with sailors and ranks among the most expensive in the world for a berth or a bite to eat.