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Why This Italian Riviera Town Is One You Won’t Want To Miss

A view of the Bay of Silence in Sestri Levante. Photo Catherine Sabino.

By Catherine Sabino

Dramatic coastal settings, richly colored houses perched with stage-set perfection by snug harbors, rustic seaside cuisine and a seductive dolce far niente ambiance are just some of the reasons spots like Portofino and Cinque Terre have long been among the most sought-after destinations in the world. (And sought after they are; pre-Covid some 2.5 million tourists reportedly descended on Cinque Terre each year.) While these seaside havens are not to be missed, keep in mind there are other glorious resorts along Liguria’s fabled Riviera coastline that offer magical settings, minus some of the throngs.

Sestri Levante, roughly midway between Portofino and Cinque Terre on the Gulf of Tigullio, is one of these places, even though … continue reading



Catherine Sabino has worked for magazines in Italy and the US, and was editor-in-chief of Forbes Special Interest Publications, Gotham Magazine and Four Seasons Magazine, a travel and lifestyle publication. In addition to living and going to school in Italy, she has written two books on Italian design, published by Crown/Clarkson Potter, and has produced features from many regions in Italy and countries in Europe. Her focus is on travel in Italy and Western Europe.

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