Liguria is know for the riviera, is known as a sea region; right, we've got a lot of sea here, but the land is basically mountains: you can find 2000 m high mountain with wiev on the sea and almost no flat land.....
the more known places here are from west to east: sanremo, alassio, genova, portofino, cinque terre, while I would suggest, from east to west,
triora, varigotti, genova, camogli and s. fruttuoso, portofino, sestri levante, cinque terre and portovenere.....
another peculiar place, if you like countryside, is varese ligure, the first municipality in europe with an iso ambience compliance certificate. some fantastic regional park, unfortunately those parks are now disappearing!
for a list of the disappearing parks.
The new regional government is deleting or reducing these regional parks:
portofino: one of the beauties of the world is ready to become a 'ready to build skyscraper' area
monte antola: a wild area just behind genoa is no longer protected
isole e promontori del levante: all the fantastic area from sestri levante to portovenere (including 5 terre) was supposed to be protected. The last news is that only 5 terre (national park) and portovenere will be protected.... anyway, it's a great trek idea is the alta via, you can walk on the mountains from france to tuscany.