Although milder than its southern Italian counterparts, Liguria sees plenty of sunshine. The coast is packed in July and August; if you can, we’d suggest visiting in spring or autumn, when the towns are quieter and the landscapes swathed in wild flowers or vibrant leaves. Winter inevitably brings colder temperatures, but it can be the perfect opportunity for hiking in the mountains. Book well in advance if you plan to visit Camogli during the Sagra del Pesce (the second Sunday of May) or the Festa della Stella Maris (the first Sunday of August).
Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.
The central airport for Liguria is Genoa Cristoforo Colombo. If you’re visiting the eastern side of the region, Pisa may be more convenient; if you’re heading to the west, you can also fly into Nice in France.
Flights to Genoa include:
British Airways regularly flies from London Gatwick.
Ryanair flies from London Stansted, Bari, Cagliari and Trapani.
Iberia flies from Madrid.
Alitalia and Air France fly from Paris.
Lufthansa flies from Munich.
Information on airlines flying to Pisa and Nice can be found here and here.
Most people hire a car, and handy motorways traverse the region; see our car-rental recommendations. But it’s easy to explore by public transport, too. Buses and trains link Genoa with many of the coastal towns and villages, and are the best way to access the Cinque Terre, which are closed to non-resident traffic. In summer, ferry services also hop from harbour to harbour, providing a scenic way to get around.