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Italian Riviera Feb/March:weather? too much tourism?

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Italian Riviera Feb/March:weather? too much tourism?

We are planning a trip to the French & italian Riviera and the more inland countryside in Feb/March.

Most important: How is the sun situation and even more important: How touristy is it/how can we avoid the touristy areas?

We have good memories of Genua (and smaller towns further north) from the nineties, but are afraid it is over touristed at this point?

We are interested in history, village life, seeing people,not just nature.

Any recommendations?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Italian Riviera Feb/March:weather? too much tourism?

Feb and March here are still off season, especially as easter falls quite late this year, at the end of April. Though the areas can be heavily touristed in the summer season, the winter and early spring months can be incredibly pleasant and empty - but that also means that in smaller towns, you will run into many things (like restaurants and hotels) being closed until the Easter weekend. Also, you can run into some great, sunny days but the weather can be quite rainy and cold, and there was even snow several times in late Feb/early March this year.

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2. Re: Italian Riviera Feb/March:weather? too much tourism?

Thanks to all of you, this is very helpful. I like the detailed account you gave, from living there.

Now that we are likely to go, because of your help, some more questions. Which is a good base to use for traveling, village or a smaller town? We are actually thinking of the riviera ponente, not the cinque terre area -but that might change if you make a good case. We like to watch town life, visit museums, churches, but also the local green grocer and bakery. Are there good walks (not hikes) in the area. does it help that I speak some Italian?

thanks,

berlina

Again, every input is welcome, more questions later.

Berlina

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3. Re: Italian Riviera Feb/March:weather? too much tourism?

There will be no one in that season, too cold and rain.

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4. Re: Italian Riviera Feb/March:weather? too much tourism?

If you are looking for the Ponente, consider Finale Ligure for somewhere with a very mixed environment - a small walled town just inland at Finalborgo, a pleasant seaside old town at Finalmarina next to the beach, a village running onto the beach at Varigotti, and the ancient town of Noli is the next place along the coast.

For somewhere with a little more life, particularly at weekends, consider Alassio.

Or for somewhere much nearer France, with good but strenuous walks inland in and above the beautiful valleys of the Nervia and Argentina, consider quiet Bordighera or much busier Sanremo.

The weather could be awful, but it could also be lovely - it's totally unpredictable.

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