Sestri Levante is a beautiful little town at the Ligurian Riviera approximately halfway between Genoa and Cinque Terre.
While Portofino and the Cinque Terre are probably the most well known tourist destinations on the Italian Riviera, the small fishing village Sestri Levante is becoming more and more popular. The original part of Sestri Levante is actually on a peninsula, with the beautiful Baia del Silenzio, the Bay of Silence, on one side and Baia delle Favole, the Bay of the Fables, on the other.
This romantic village is a perfect starting point for day trips to Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino, Camogli and Cinque Terre. There are boat connections from Sestri Levante to Portofino and the Abbey of San Fruttuoso.
Where to stay in Sestri Levante
Sestri Levante is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway and there are plenty of seafood restaurants in the old part of town. You will find a large choice of high quality hotels with spa near the beach. Discover this beautiful town and choose from our selection of charming hotels: Hotels in Sestri Levante.
How to reach Sestri Levante
By train: The train station of Sestri Levante is on the Genoa - La Spezia line. You can reach Sestri Levante by train from Cinque Terre in less than 30 minutes.
By car: Motorway A12, exit Sestri Levante than follow the signs towards the city center for about 1,5 km.
By plane: The closest airports are Genova Cristoforo Colombo Airport and Pisa International Airport.
What to see
From the train station walk down to the beautiful old town with narrow streets and elegant shops. Don’t miss the best gelateria in town, Ice Creams Angels, on the left side of the main street Via XXV Aprile with huge ice-creams. There are also lots of nice restaurants with great seafood.
Baia del Silenzio (Bay of Silence), is the idyllic, sandy beach east of the pedestrian street in the old town with the houses arriving at the seashore. It's a public beach where you will find many locals. This hidden gem is probably the most beautiful and romantic beach in Liguria.
Follow the hiking path leading from the old town to Punta Manara, from here it is possible to enjoy the magnificent panorama and admire the coast from Levanto to Portofino.
Every year in May Sestri Levante celebrates the HC Andersen Festival. The town is crowded by jugglers, street artists, motley stands, and thanks to a contest the creators of the best fairy tales for children are rewarded.