One could fill whole shelves with guidebooks on trip advice for visiting the Italian Riviera—and this is not including t he short reads and articles put out by the likes of Travel Intelligence or Sally’s Place
A worthwhile buy would be The Italian Riveria: A Complete Guide to Liguria, including Portofino, Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Genoa and Sanremo
. This book offers excellent photography and gobs of guides to various regional destinations.
For less then ten bucks, you can also grab a copy of Insight Compact Guide Italian Riviera
, an under-one-hundred page book that uncovers the history, culture, and main sights of the area, a trove of information that, though tiny, is still definitely worth exploring.
The number of travel books regarding the Ligurian region is nearly endless, and there are also historical works of interest to the traveler who likes to have context on a destination before he/she makes a trip. An excellent account of the Italian Riviera’s recent past can be found in M.P. Ross’s From Liguria with Love: Capture, Imprisonment and Escape in Wartime Italy
. Annie Hawes' "Extra Virgin", an account of life (and food!) in the olive-farming hill villages just inland from the Riviera, is most informative on the area and its traditions - and also full of hilarious moments as the two English characters learn to "fit in" with their Ligurian country neighbours.