Villas in Liguria | Italian Villas

The glittering region of Liguria in northwest Italy, with its unique beaches and tempting Italian villas is one of the most popular tourist regions of the country. The region lies on the Ligurian Sea, which is well known for the stunning riviera between Bordighera and San Remo, and the riviera between Varazza and Laigueglia. Plunge into the crystalline waters on this vibrant coastline and be entranced by a fantastic cultural calendar that is bound to blow you away whilst self-catering. Enjoy local cuisine and traditions while you are out there, living like an Italian in one of the country’s most charismatic regions.

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Discover Liguria on villa holidays in Italy

Liguria borders France to the west, and the Italian region of Piedmont, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. It is divided into the provinces of Imperia, La Spezia, Savona and Genoa Metropolitan City. The city of Genoa with 585,000 inhabitants, is the capital of the region and is well worth visiting from Italian villas in Liguria. Visit Genoa’s stunning architecture and palaces on your trip. Other attractions include the famous harbour with the 67 metre high lighthouse, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, the city walls Mura del Barbarossa with its city gates, the Chiesa Maria Assunta and San Lorenzo Cathedral.

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Luscious Ligurian landscapes – self-catering in Italy

Away from the coast, the region is home to the Ligurian Alps in the west, with the 2,201 metre high Mount Saccarello, and the Ligurian Apennines in the east. Between the clear sea and majestic mountains are lush rolling hills, providing some of the best things to do on Italian villa holidays. The National Park, Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, also includes the cultural landscape of Porto Venere and Cinque Terre with the islands Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso are all unbelievably beautiful islands. Travel by boat to the islands and discover the unforgettable view from the sea over to the fishing village of Porto Venere, with its crowded, colourful houses. This is one of the most picturesque sites in Italy and is a must-visit from holiday lettings.

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Varied produce of Liguria

Liguria is a narrow strip of land on the northern Mediterranean coast, meaning that seafood naturally plays a large role in the Ligurian diet. In the hinterland thrive excellent herbs, vegetables, olive oil, fruit and grapes, whilst vineyards and olive groves also dominate the agricultural landscape. Many Italians refer to the cuisine of Liguria, in view of the ingredients used and the many vegetarian dishes, as a perfect cuisine for staying thin – unlike that of other northern regions such as Lombardy. Rent villas in Italy with NOVASOL and enjoy tucking into famous dishes such as the fish soups and Ciuppin Burrida of salt cod, stuffed and fried sardines, or fresh tuna – baked, fried or grilled. Discover all this and more with the flexibility of self-catering in Italy.

Villa holidays in Italy – plenty to eat!

Everything from oysters and lobsters, sturgeon and caviar grace the Ligurian dinner table. Fish lovers will be in heaven, whilst even vegetarians can tuck into a hearty bowl of pesto alla Genovese – fresh pasta dressed with a mixture of basil, garlic, feta, pine nuts and olive oil is a recipe for success. From the convenience of Italian villas, wander down to local restaurants and enjoy roast veal and rabbit, which are a favourite on family holidays, accompanied by locally grown and sometimes wild salad leaves tossed in delicious dressings. You could perhaps try picking your own rocket or borage, and try cooking with it back at holiday rentals. If you like sweets, take time to enjoy pandolce genovese, amaretti and Cubeli.

Visit Genoa’s family attractions while Italy self-catering

Large festivals and numerous celebrations in Liguria provide entertainment throughout the year for tourists and locals alike. In Genoa, since 1962, the international boat show "Salone Nautico" takes place each year. See large yachts, boats and the latest trends in leisure sports here. For a great activity on family holidays, Città dei Bambini is an interactive museum for children, and is busy with visitors all-year-round. In the port there is also the Caravelle "Neptun", known from the movie "The Pirates”, which has impressive heavy cannons and large figureheads that lovers of adventure films will recognise. Also, the Aquarium of Genoa is an attraction for children, making an exciting trip for the whole family whilst self-catering in Italy. It is one of the largest aquariums in Europe where more than 600 fish and animal species cavort in 70 pools.

Active holidays in Liguria

Travel by boat out to sea, where diving, snorkeling and surfing make for memorable holidays. The brilliantly blue sea in front of Porto Venere attracts whales and dolphins like no other place in the Mediterranean. Go on an organised whale watching tour and have the experience of a lifetime right on the doorstep of our villas in Italy. A holiday in Liguria with sea and mountains, fun and entertainment is a guaranteed fun escape for children. The extensive forests in the hinterland lure holidaymakers with old trees for walking and mountain biking. Rent holiday lettings with NOVASOL and explore Liguria’s rocky valleys with trickling streams and abundant wildlife.

Service – why NOVASOL?

Liguria is the perfect destination for summer holidays with the whole family, and NOVASOL has a fantastic range of Italian villas to choose from. We offer affordable holiday homes to sprawling villas in this beautiful region of Italy along the fabulous 300 kilometre long coastline. Simply select from our wide variety of holiday rentals and book 24/7 online. Or, if you prefer a human touch, speak to one of our dedicated telephone advisors and they will help you book your dream holiday in Liguria.