Today, you’ll tick off the village of Cogorno and the town of Sestri Levante. You’ll kick things off with a drive to Cogorno’s famous 13th-century Abbey, Basilica di San Salvatore di Fieschi. It was originally built for the pope, and now its striped marble walls and Notre-Dame-style rose window look out over the surrounding vineyards. You’ll have time to head inside to see the gold-leafed-encrusted crucifix, before moving on to Sestri Levante. This former fishing and merchant centre sits on a peninsula, with bright-blue bays on either side, so the drive there’s something else. You’ll stroll past pink-coloured houses on your way to the old quarter, where you’ll find the Basilica di Santa Maria di Nazareth, a 17th-century Renaissance church. Once you’ve taken a look at its 500-year-old marble statue of the Virgin Mary, you’ll have some free time to explore the rest of the town. We recommend treating yourself to some gelato in one of the waterfront parlours. On your drive back to port, you’ll take the scenic route along the ‘Golden Sun’ – a coastal road with panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.