9 Best Things To Do In Finale Ligure, Italy

things to do in Finale Ligure
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Set elegantly on the coast of Genoa Gulf in Savona province, Finale Ligure unbelievably magnetizes people with its nature attractions from white sand beach to limestone mountains and a large number of appealing Roman ruins to old cathedrals. It’s no wonder, the north-west gem is exactly pertinent to be dubbed as an awesome holiday destination.

If you can’t decide what type of activities to do, reading these 9 best things to do in Finale Ligure is certainly helpful.

1. Get lost in the historic village of Finalborgo

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Finding something rustic or a pastoral landscape in Finale Ligure is effortless – and you will find this at Finalborgo village. A few minutes away from downtown, the historic Italian rural area offers unstoppable charm like the old buildings, pedestrian pathways with arches, colorful flowers, and small farms growing lemons, grapes, and oranges. To feel the local’s warmth, don’t forget to chitchat with the friendly farmers.


Address: Via del municipio, Finalborgo, Finale Ligure, Italy

Opening Hours: 24 hours

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2. Escape to the secluded Baia dei Saraceni

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Italy might not be the best beach destination. However, you will shift your thinking when it comes to escaping to the exotic Baia dei Saraceni, an impeccable retreat for beach and snorkeling enthusiasts. The warm crystal green water elegantly sweeping the rocky and sandy beach is beautiful and relaxing. To avoid peak season, come within the middle of the year.

Baia dei Saraceni

Address: Loc. Varigotti, Varigotti, Finale Ligure, Italy

Contact Number: +39 0196816023

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3. Stop at Castel Gavone

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Taking a short trip and hiking from Finalborgo to a serene hamlet of Perti, where an abandoned castle named Castel Gavone sits, is recommended for avid photographers or history fanatics. The historic landmark used to be a majestic headquarters of Marquis Del Carretto, the duke of Finale Ligure in the past. Before reaching it, be sure to check out the weather – it looks mesmerizing under the scorching sun.

Castel Gavone

Address: 17024 Finale Ligure, Province of Savona, Italy

Contact Number: +39 019690112

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4. Climb the Grotta dell'Edera

Grotta dell'Edera, Monte Sordo, Finale Ligure - panoramio
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Are you a super excited adrenaline junky? Test your guts with a set of ropes, carabiners, harnesses and all the rock-climbing gear and conquer the Grotta dell'Edera, the hidden paradise for all climbers. The journey to reach the mountainous spot begins with passing through an old cobblestone trail and descending down to the dark valley. Once you’re half-way, you will indulge in the amazing view of Finale Ligure.

Grotta dell'Edera

Address: 17024 Finale Ligure, Province of Savona, Italy

Opening Hours: 24 hours

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5. Go museum hopping at Museo Archeologico del Finale - Convento di Santa Caterina

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Museo Archeologico del Finale, nestled wonderfully in the heart of the charming Finalborgo, will match with those who are curious about pre-historical settlements dating back to 181 BC. There are a number of points of interest, displaying artifacts from ancient civilization, bones, appliances used during medieval time, and much more. Touch screens to read the information are also provided.

Museo Archeologico del Finale

Address: Chiostri di Santa Caterina, 17024, Finale Ligure, Italy

Website: Museo Archeologico del Finale (in Italian)

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6. Soak up the sun at Vittoria Beach

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Is your skin getting pale? There is no greater option other than sunbathing at the breezy Vittoria Beach. The clean white sand and clear water of the Ligurian sea surely add to your fun time with Mr. Sun. Aside of the exotic scene, the mind-blowing destination to relax in the sun comes with good facilities and foods.

Vittoria Beach

Address: Lungomare Migliorini SNC, 17024, Finale Ligure, Italy

Contact Number: +39 019695583

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7. Be captivated by the old church of Basilica San Biagio

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Finalborgo has another highlight you should go for, the cathedral of Basilica San Biagio. The exterior of the sacred spot for Catholic veneration might seem rusty and less attractive, but once you get into the space, the interior will leave you speechless. It’s fully furnished with the decorative masterpieces reflecting the power of the Roman Empire. Not to mention that the ornate walls, tremendous columns, and adorable paintings are well-presented.

Basilica San Biagio

Address: Piazza San Biagio, 17024, Finale Ligure, Italy

Contact Number: +39 019695617

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8. Take a siesta at Bagni Mariella

Although Bagni Mariella, a famous beach in Varigotti, doesn’t offer a sprawling space for partying, its placid ambiance as well as the cool breeze for taking a cozy nap in the sun can’t be taken for granted. In addition to those significant aspects, the Ligurian regional cooking never escapes people’s interest, so try the incredible array of succulent local delicacies.

Bagni Mariella

Address: Aurelia, 17024 Varigotti, Finale Ligure, Italy

Contact Number:+39 0999989898

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9. Enjoy a seafood lunch at Muraglia

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To end your morning joy, we suggest you have an unforgettable lunch with a wide option of fresh seafood from the fishermen’s daily catch at Muraglia, just behind the beach. Chef Enzo, the creator of unbelievable specialties, never disappoints the visitors’ taste bud. Please taste the grilled squid calamari, cozze alla marinara (mussels marinara), and fritto misto (mixed fried seafood dish).

La Muraglia

Address: Via Aurelia 133, 17024 Varigotti, Finale Ligure, Italy

Opening Hours: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm and 8:30 pm - 12:00 am (Thursday to Monday)

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Go visit the little Italian paradise!

Finale Ligure totally offers many worthy things that are suited for all people. From the rustic area of Finalborgo, a fascinating retreat for escaping, to Muraglia, an Italian restaurant to enjoy the authentic north western cuisine, the gem is a real heaven.

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