While tourists often head to the popular Cinque Terre, many other charming villages and towns dot Italy's northwestern coast known as the Italian Riviera, in the region of Liguria (see interactive Liguria map).
From Genoa to the Tuscany coast, there are several picturesque places to go on the Italian Riviera. Riding the tram up the hill from Rapallo, a nice town itself, is one of my favorite things to do (see High Above Rapallo video). Beyond Genoa and almost to the French border, Sanremo has one of the most unusual medieval centers I've seen as well as an inviting harbor. While these towns and beaches are popular with Italians and Europeans in August, most of the year they remain free of huge tourist crowds and make pleasant places to visit on the coast.
Italian Riviera Town of Camogli © by Martha Bakerjian, licensed to About.com