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Discover the Tigullio Gulf: what to see near Genoa

Situated between the Portofino Promontory and Sestri Levante, the Gulf of Tigullio offers a unique combination of seascapes and hills. Its deep blue waters, colourful seaside villages and rich history make it a must-see destination for lovers of sea, culture and good food.

It is located just a few kilometres east of Genoa and is easily accessible both by car and train from the city. It is no coincidence that it is one of the main coastal destinations that we at Hotel Astoria recommend for a trip to the sea.

Località da visitare nel Golfo del Tigullio: Portofino
Places to visit in the Gulf of Tigullio: Portofino

The most famous places to visit

The Gulf of Tigullio boasts several locations worth visiting. Let us discover some of the most famous.


This charming seaside village is undoubtedly one of the most famous locations in the Gulf of Tigullio. With its colourful harbour, traditional houses and breathtaking views, Portofino has attracted celebrities and tourists from all over the world. Stroll along the famous Piazzetta, a charming and lively place surrounded by luxury boutiques and elegant cafés. Enjoy the panoramic view of the bay and the marina.

During your visit, be sure to visit the Brown Castle, a historic fortress that offers a spectacular view of the coastline. In addition, nature lovers can explore the Portofino Regional Park, a protected nature reserve offering hiking trails, unique fauna and flora, and enchanting viewpoints.

Santa Margherita Ligure

Located just a few kilometres from Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure is a pretty seaside resort with an elegant promenade, luxury boutiques and high-quality restaurants. Here you can relax on the beach, enjoy the sun and the crystal-clear Ligurian sea.

The historic centre offers charming narrow streets, where you can stroll among characteristic shops and delicious cafés. Don't miss a visit to the Basilica of Santa Margherita di Antiochia, dating back to the 16th century and an important historical and artistic heritage of the city. To end the day on a high note, you can enjoy delicious fresh fish dishes in local restaurants, where the Ligurian culinary tradition is combined with unique and refined flavours.

Sestri Levante

Known as the 'City of the Two Seas', Sestri Levante is a perfect destination for those who love the sea and nature. The Baia delle Favole is one of its main attractions, with its golden sand and clean waters. Here you can relax on the beach, go for a swim or enjoy water sports such as kayaking or snorkelling. Another famous bay is the Baia del Silenzio, an enchanting place with a shell-shaped beach surrounded by characteristic pastel-coloured buildings.

In addition to the beautiful beaches, Sestri Levante also offers a charming old town, characterised by medieval streets, lively squares and traditional craft shops. During your stay, you can explore the Church of San Nicolò, a 17th century religious building with an ornate interior and striking frescoes.

Golfo del Tigullio
Discover the beauty of the Tigullio Gulf

How to reach the Tigullio Gulf

From the Hotel Astoria in Genoa, you can easily reach the charming locations of the Tigullio Gulf. During the high season, especially in summer, it is not advisable to travel by car due to traffic and the scarcity of parking spaces.

Fortunately, there is a very convenient alternative: the train. The Genoa Brignole station is only a stone's throw from the hotel: from here, frequent trains connect the city to all the coastal resorts of the Tigullio.


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