Chiavari, because of its history, size, and inhabitants is a fairly important city among those in Liguria.

Indeed, it is considered the capital of Tigullio: today it is a major commercial, residential and tourist center in this area of Liguria. Indeed, it remains populated and animated throughout the year.

In this beautiful Ligurian city you will find the typical attractions of a coastal town: the beautiful seaside promenade, the marina, and some of Tigullio’s most famous beaches.


Chiavari is also enriched by its wonderful and ancient medieval-style old town, with its arcades and important palaces.

Here you will also find a vibrant nightlife and plenty of entertainment for travelers of all ages in addition to the favorable climate in all seasons, typical of the best locations in Liguria.

What to see in Chiavari

The main areas of Chiavari are the historic center, the waterfront, and the marina. As you tour the city keep in mind the most interesting things to see. Here are some of them:



Borgolungo is the name of Chiavari’s historic center, where you will find typical Ligurian carruggi, medieval arcades, and historic stores.

The main street is called “Caruggio dritto” by the people of Chiavari, and it is here that the social life of the city center takes place: the most important cafes and the most prestigious stores are located in this lively place.

All you need to spend an afternoon shopping and meeting new friends.

Chiavari Marina


The port of Chiavari is one of the best Marinas in Italy: What has made this port a landmark in the Mediterranean is undoubtedly its strategic location, close to extraordinary tourist destinations such as Portofino and the Cinque Terre. But also locations outside Liguria such as Tuscany, Sardinia, and France, particularly the French Riviera and Corsica.

This important facility houses over 500 boats plus another 151 in the so-called West Calata. It offers, in addition, all the most modern service sites for boating.

The port of Chiavari is not a place solely related to recreational activity but is perfectly integrated with the urban context of the city: together with the historic center, it is the second nerve center of Chiavari’s social and economic activities.

During your stay in Chiavari you can take a walk along Corso Valparaiso, a 2-mile-long promenade full of bars, restaurants, ice cream parlors, pizzerias green areas and play area for children.

Chiavari Castle

Of the ancient Castle of Chiavari, one of the oldest castles in Tigullio, only ruins remain.

What is visible today are The Keep with its two water cisterns, the fortified parade ground, and part of the city wall.

This symbol of Chiavari is actually closed the public being private property.

Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Garden

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The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Garden traces its origins back to the 12th century when a humble shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary was abandoned in a garden, or “kitchen garden.” Legends tell of a miraculous spring that sprouted in the garden, believed to have healing powers. Because of the growing veneration of this holy place, in the 14th century, the shrine was expanded to form a church, which was finally elevated to a cathedral in the year 1615.
The cathedral’s extraordinary design is a harmonious blend of Gothic and Ligurian styles. The lush garden surrounding the cathedral adds to its aura, enveloping it in a sense of tranquility.
The splendid frescoes adorning its high walls and domed ceiling will immediately capture your attention, and the breathtaking stained-glass windows bathe the interior in a kaleidoscope of refracted light.
The majestic high altar is a wonder in its own right, with the enchanting statue of Our Lady of the Garden, carved in wood and decorated with gold leaf. Another significant work of art preserved inside the cathedral is a revered 14th-century crucifix, known as the Fassolo Crucifix, which holds a cherished place in the hearts of the city’s residents.

Park of Villa Rocca

Enjoy the peaceful oasis of Villa Rocca Park, a verdant oasis tucked away in the picturesque Ligurian town of Chiavari. This enchanting botanical park, which boasts a diverse variety of flora and a relaxing environment, invites both travelers and residents to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and embrace the therapeutic qualities of nature.
The creation of Villa Rocca Park can be traced back to the Rocca family, who returned from Argentina with a desire to recreate various natural environments from around the world.
One of the most remarkable features of Villa Rocca Park is its impressive collection of plants, including numerous succulents and exotic species of trees
This beautiful park is not only a paradise for nature lovers, but also a gallery for art enthusiasts. Scattered across the verdant landscape, visitors can discover a variety of sculptures that accentuate the beauty of the surroundings and stimulate the imagination.
Ranked among Chiavari’s top attractions, Villa Rocca Park is a must-see destination for those seeking respite from the daily grind.

Chiavari Beaches

Rapallo palafitte

Enjoy the richness of the Italian Riviera, where the bustling town of Chiavari is located. The city sports a stunning coastline dotted with beautiful beaches, lapped by the gentle waves of the Ligurian Sea. The beaches, easily accessible and often lined with lively establishments, offer a relaxing retreat for locals and tourists alike.

Chiavari, along with Sestri Levante, has the highest percentage of free beaches in this part of Liguria.

The city beaches are practically all located west of the marina along the sea promenade, a stone’s throw from the center.

You will also find disabled accessible beach and beaches With dedicated dog areas.

From Chiavari you can also change scenery and explore the beautiful and numerous beaches in the surrounding area:

Lavagna Beach

Just a stone’s throw from downtown Chiavari, Lavagna Beach is a vast sandy stretch that offers ample space for beachgoers to spread their towels and soak up the Mediterranean sun. With its calm waters and friendly atmosphere, it is an ideal place for families, friends and single travelers.

Zoagli beach

Venture a little further to discover the quiet charm of Zoagli beach. This small pebble beach offers breathtaking views of the blue sea framed by the verdant Ligurian hills. It is a favorite place among locals and offers a quiet experience away from the hectic crowds of the larger beaches.

Mouth of the Entella River

For adventure enthusiasts, the beach at the mouth of the Entella River offers a completely different beach experience. Its location on the river estuary makes it a prime destination for water sports such as surfing, kitesurfing, and sailing, adding an adrenaline-fueled twist to the beach’s otherwise tranquil atmosphere.

Bay of Silence

A short drive from Chiavari will take you to the enchanting Baia del Silenzio in the nearby town of Sestri Levante. This beach is renowned for its serene setting and picture-postcard views. This charming crescent-shaped bay, surrounded by pastel-colored houses, offers the quintessential Ligurian Riviera experience.

Where to sleep in Chiavari

Chiavari certainly has no shortage of places to sleep. Here there is a large hotel offer, many B & Bs, guest houses, holiday homes and apartments for tourists.

Most of the hotels are mid-range, but there are also several luxury hotels with impeccable services.

On the other hand, it is more difficult to find cheap hotels, especially in summer and during holidays. To find the best low-cost solutions, it’s best to plan your holidays in advance and book your room right away.

How to get to Chiavari

Reaching Chiavari is very easy.

By car you need to drive along the A12 highway, take the Chiavari exit. If you are nearby you can simply follow the Aurelia road.

Chiavari has its own train station on the Genoa-La Spezia line. It is an important route with quite frequent trains.

Chiavari can be reached by bus from major locations in Liguria.

The nearest airport to Chiavari is Genoa Airport(, about 40 km away and easily reached by train, bus, and cab.

Chiavari Photographs

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