It’s got glitz, it’s got glamour, and it’s got some of the best seafood you’ll taste in the whole of Italy. Sarah Barrell reveals how to get the best out of a holiday in Liguria
Motorways: not generally a favourite with summer-holidaying families. Yet the road running along Liguria’s coast, from the French border to Tuscany, offers views that are almost reason alone to visit this, the “Italian Riviera”.
Narrow gallerie (tunnels) shuttle you through craggy mountains that plunge with an urgent grace down to the sea. Blink and whip your shades back on as you pop out of the end of each tunnel to be repeatedly dazzled by glimpses of sparkling azure bays, with terracotta-roofed buildings piled high up the mountainside. It’s so impressive even wilting children in the back seat will “oooh” and “ahh”.