Visit Borgio Verezzi
Borgio Verezzi is a town on the coast of western Liguria which falls in two distinct areas: a beach resort along the Riviera di Ponente called Borgio and the medieval village on the hill behind in Verezzi.
There are actually four separate villages that make up Verezzi: Crosa, Piazza, Poggio, and Roccaro. It is Poggio that is the main tourist centre and also the main reason that Borgio Verezzi is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
Explore Borgio Verezzi
Italy This Way comment: the village of Borgio Verezzi is small, and quite a long drive up a steep road from the coast to get here, but it is pretty and has lovely views so we recommend you visit.
It is here on the side of the hill in old Verezzi where you will find the interesting historic monuments, as well as lovely views across Borgio and the Riviera di Ponente.
Parking is on the edge of the village. The centre of Verezzi is Piazzetta Sant'Agostino, surrounded by ancient buildings and from where you can enjoy the views and also see the traditional stone arcades.
From here you can simply explore the streets and alleys around the centre of the medieval village, and there are also a few small churches in Verezzi such as the 14th century Church of Sant'Agostino on the main square and the 17th century Church of San Martino along a path just outside the town and containing various 16th-18th century paintings and sculptures.
It only takes 30 minutes to explore the village, but there are cafes in Borgio Verezzi so you can spend a little more time here before driving back down to the coast.
Back down in Borgio it will be the long sand and shingle beach and the coast that attracts your attention, although you should be aware that most of the beach is paid entrance (i.e. you have to hire a parasol and beach chairs if you want to use the beach, like the majority of beaches in Italy) and there is quite a busy road next to the beach.
Also in Borgio town you can see the 18th century Church of San Pietro, in neoclassical style, and the medieval Shrine of Our Lady of Good Counsel in the cemetery.
Grotte di Borgio Verezzi
On the outskirts of Borgio Verezzi you can visit a popular cave system called the Borgio Verezzi Caves (in Italian the Valdemino or Grotte di Borgio Verezzi). The system is well known for its colourful caves and rock formations - when you visit you will see that they claim to be the most brightly coloured caves in Italy.
The subterranean route open to the public is about 800 metres long and also includes some natural water features.
To visit nearby
If you enjoy visiting caves you will also want to visit the very impressive caves at nearby Toirano - and the medieval village of Toirano as well while you are here.
Just a few kilometres along the coast to the east of Borgio Verezzi you can visit the resort of Finale Ligure and the medieval village of Finalborgo, or head to the west to the resort of Pietra Ligure.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Liguria guide.