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).
Most people hire a car; see our car-rental recommendations. 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.