Liguria - At a glance


Liguria at a glance

Bay, Portofino, Liguria, Italy by Maudanros shutterstockThe breathtaking colours of the bay at Portofino are among Liguria's highlights © Maudanros, Shutterstock

Location In northwestern Italy. It’s a thin sliver of coastal territory bordered by Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna to the east, Lombardy and Piedmont in the north, and France in the west.

Size 5,422km²

Climate Mediterranean

Status One of Italy’s 20 regions

Population 1,565,307 (2016)

Life expectancy Men 79, women 84

Regional capital Genoa (Genova) (population 594,733)

Other main towns Sanremo (population 57,000), Savona (61,345) and La Spezia (94,000)

Main airport Genoa (Aeroporto Cristoforo Colombo)

Language Italian. Main dialect Genoese.

Religion Roman Catholic

Currency Euro (€) (for up-to-date rates, go to www.xe.com)

International telephone code +39 (but keep the first 0 in the number)

Time GMT +1

Electrical voltage 220V/50Hz, two-pin plugs

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