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Finale Ligure is a town in Liguria of about 12,000 inhabitants (2010). Finale Ligure consists of three formerly independent towns: Finalmarina (Finale Marina) close to the sea, Finalpia (Finale Pia) also on the sea and finally Final Borgo (Finalborgo) slightly inland. Today, the three parts are completely grown together, but the old centre of each part can still be noticed. This is most obvious in Finalborgo, where the cosy old town with its small streets is still surrounded by the original town wall. Finale Ligure is popular with families for the beaches, the climbers for the limestone mountains and the bikers.

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By train edit

There are direct train connections from Genova about every 30 minutes (1 hour) and from Milan about every 2 hours (2½ hours). Irregular direct trains from La Spezia exist also. Coming from France (Nice) you have to change in Ventimiglia. From Switzerland you have to change trains in Milan and possibly also in Genova. The train station is in Finalmarina and called Finale Ligure Marina.

By car edit

The highway (A10) connecting northern Italy with France is passing just a few kilometres north of the town.

By plane edit

The nearest airports are in Genova (GOA IATA) and in Nice (NCE IATA). They are about 45 minutes and 1½ hours respectively by car. Neither airport is connected to the railway network. However, there are regular buses connecting the airport and the main train station.

Get around edit

The downtowns of Finale are small and everything is in walking distance. Even moving between the different centres is just a 15-minute walk. There's public bike sharing available if you need a bike for a ride around town (see below).

Driving by car can be a hassle due to the narrow streets and many of it being one way only.

Hitchhiking is a convenient way to get to the climbing sites outside of town.

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Finalmarina edit

  • Basilica di S. Giovanni Battista
  • Chiesa dei Neri
  • Chiesa Frati Capuccini
  • Arco di Margherita di Spagna
  • Arco di Re Carlo Alberto
  • Fortezza die Castelfranco

Finalpia edit

  • Santuario di S. Maria Pia
  • Cappella di S. Antonio al Monte
  • Mausoleo Maresciallo Caviglia

Finalborgo edit

The historic centre of Finalborgo was for many centuries the capital of the Marquisate and the administrative centre of Finale. It is situated in a strategic position at the confluence of the Porra and Aquila rivers. Finalborgo was thought to have been founded around the end of the 12th century, but archaeological discoveries date back its foundation to some centuries before.

Finalborgo is a walled town characterized by its 15th century structure established following the war with Genoa.

  • Basilica di S. Biagio - baroque church
  • Chiostri di S. Caterina
  • Castel Gavone
  • Castel S. Giovanni
  • Palazzo Ricci
  • Palazzo Arnaldi
  • Palazzo del Tribunale
  • Porta Reale
  • Porta Testa

Do edit

  • Tourist Information, Via S.Pietro, 14, Finale Ligure (on the promenade between Finalmarina and Finalpia), +39 019 681019, . M-F 09:00-12:30, 15:00-19:00. Lots of information on activities. Staff moderately helpful.
  • Climbing! That's the reason most people come here.
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Beaching
  • Bike Sharing, Ufficio Turismo, via Ghiglieri 6 (near the train station), +39 019 681 60 04. It's a public bike sharing service by Finale Ligure. You have to fill in a form, pay the deposit and you get the key to use the basic bikes. One of the bike deposits is on the roundabout in front of the train station. free, €15 (deposit).
  • Bike Rental Riviera Outdoor, via Nicotera 3, Finale Ligure (in Finalborgo), +39 019 689 80 24.

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Eat edit

There are plenty of restaurants and also the cafes have sometimes decent food available. Most restaurants do Italian standard fare.

  • 1 Da Tonino, Pizzeria Trattoria, Via Bolla 7. Authentic pizzeria with good prices, even during low season crowded with Italians. Local Farinata or Pizza starting from €4.

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Sleep edit

Hotels often state a minimum stay of 3 or 4 days during high season period (July and August). Nevertheless, it is still possible to stay for shorter periods on request. Some hotels cater to specific target groups such as families, bikers and climbers and quite a few are pet-friendly.

Camping edit

There is a free camping area between the city and the highway which belongs to a little pizzeria. The area provides very basic showers and toilets.

Budget edit

There are no hostels in Finale Ligure. The closest one can be found in Savona. During off season some rooms can be had for a bargain.

Mid-range edit

Splurge edit

  • Punta Est, Via Aurelia 1, Finale Ligure (east end of Finalpia, on the coastal road), +39 019 600 611-2-3, fax: +39 019 600 611-2-3, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Has private beach (additional cost). Double room from €220/day (2 persons, high season) incl. breakfast.

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Routes through Finale Ligure
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