Travel to Liguria and the Italian Riviera

liguria the italian riviera

Looking for travel tips for a trip to Liguria? Liguria is perhaps one of the most famous coastlines in Europe, the Italian Riviera with places like the Cinque Terre, Portofino and Santa Magherita Ligure, or the Flower Riviera between Genoa and the French border with places like Imperia, Savona and San Remo. Always picturesque, whatever the weather. During the summer, Liguria's coastal towns are flooded with tourists from all over the world. Try to plan your visit before July or after 15 September.

Weather in Liguria

May and October have the best chance of nice days, with comfortable average temperatures between 68°F and 77°F. The hottest months are usually July and August. January is the coldest month, with an average maximum temperature of around 52°F. January, February, March, April, September and October tend to be cloudy. November is the wettest month in Liguria. If you don't like rain, you might want to skip this month. July is the driest month. The hottest month in Liguria is July with an average maximum temperature of around 84°F. July is also the sunniest month in Liguria.

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    Albenga towers

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