Liguria’s regal coastline, which connects the French Riviera to Northern Tuscany, combined with its cuisine makes it a sought-after destination. (It’s the Italian Riviera!)

Go for this: A little rest and relaxation in Portofino or Santa Margherita Ligure (with lots of pesto each night)
But try this: Explore the remarkable city of Genova with its fascinating Medieval alleys and historic city center, and then continue to San Remo and Ventimiglia and cross into Provence—just for the fun of it
Favorite hotels: Eight Hotel Portofino, Belmond Splendido Hotel, La Meridiana Resort & Golf
Favorite guest experience: A private cruise along the Cinque Terre coastline from Portovenere to Moneglia (with a stop for lunch)
Foods: Pesto, minestrone, focaccia, pandolce
Wine: Rossese, Vermentino, Dolcetto
Best time to visit: April-November