Location: Province of Savona, Italy
Length: 78.9 km
Wide: minimum 5 m, standard
Surface quality (out of 5): 4 – 5
Operating times: throughout the year
SS 1 Strada Statale 1 Via Aurelia
Route: Cervo – Alassio – Albenga – Borghetto Santo Spirito – Pietra Ligure – Finale Ligure – Spotorno – Savona – Celle Ligure – Varazze
Riviera delle Palme (English: The Palm Riviera), together with the Riviera dei Fiori, are part of one of the most stunning coastal drives in the world: the Italian “Riviera di Ponente”. This amazing road starts from the ancient town of Cervo in the West and extends eastwards, to the small town of Varazze in the Savona Province.
Lined with long, sandy beaches and jagged cliffs surrounded by the azure sea, the Palm Riviera is a land to be enjoyed as much as possible. Located in a beautiful natural area with up to eight thousand palm trees adding to its charm, the Riviera delle Palme is one of the most popular places to visit in Italy.
The coastal road marking Riviera delle Palme is called Strada Statale 1 Via Aurelia (SS 1) and is one of the most important highways in Italy. Derived from an ancient consular road, Via Aurelia was initially built to connect Rome with France, following the coast of the Tyrrhenian and Ligurian Sea, passing through nine provincial capitals and major tourist areas.
Starting from Cervo, a well preserved Ligurian fishing village, the drive is 78.9 km long and can be done in approximately 2 hours, although it’s highly recommended to stop and visit the multitude of holiday resorts and old coastal villages alongside this scenic route.
The first point of interest is the town of Alassio, an elegant resort center well known for its breathtaking views, beautiful beaches and the many bars and restaurants found on the sea front.
Leaving Alassio behind, another interesting village well worth a visit is Noli. An ancient settlement and once a powerful independent republic during the Middle Ages, Noli is located in a stunning natural harbour. Most noteworthy, it belongs to the “I borghi più belli d’Italia” Union, a prestigious award reserved only for the most beautiful villages in Italy. Here you can take a walk and admire the old historical buildings, the eye catching fortified houses and the 40 m high towers, a dominant feature of the town’s panorama.
Going back on the Via Aurelia, the curvy road takes you to Savona, a seaport and the capital of the Province of Savona.
Continuing East, you will reach Varazze, the end point of this amazing journey. Located only a half hour drive west of Genoa, this wonderful resort town is very popular with surfers from Italy and close-by France. Exposed to the fresh sea breeze of the Ligurian Sea, Varazze enjoys an exceptionally mild climate and has springtime temperatures all year round. Here you can visit the old city centre and the gothic style cathedral of St. Ambrogio, dating back to the 16th century.
Finally, if you find yourself tired from the trip, in Varazze you will find luxurious apartments with amazing sea views and lots of shops, bars and restaurants.