The medieval town of Finalborgo, the wide beaches of Finalmarina, the Varigotti bay, the Manìe Highlands, the presence of caves of great geological, archaeological, and environmental interest, the tourist harbour, the numerous monuments, and the many opportunities to practice outdoor sports, make Finale Ligure one of the most popular localities of the Ligurian Riviera di Ponente (Western Riviera).
The history of the city is extraordinary. In the Archaeological Museum of Finale many prehistoric findings are preserved. Numerous are the traces of history in this area: pre-Roman (the Village of Souls in Perti), Roman (Via Julia Augusta and five bridges in Val Ponci), early Christian (parish of Finale), and Byzantine (Castrum Pertice, Pia and Orco Castra).
In 2004 Finalborgo, the ancient chief town of the Del Carrretto Marquesate, entered the Club of the Most Beautiful Italian Villages. Its historical centre, enclosed by still well-preserved walls, is characterised by the presence of artisan workshops and Renaissance palaces. Worth a visit: the Monumental complex of Saint Katherine with the Disciplinanti Oratory, the ancient church, and the magnificent 15th-century cloisters.
The area of Finale Ligure is ideal for practising various outdoor sports, in particular mountain biking, trekking, and climbing.
In 2011 Finale Ligure and Varigotti were awarded the Blue Flag for the quality of their beaches and sea.
Not to miss: the Mànie Highlands, characterised by pine trees, holm oaks, Mediterranean scrubs, and meadows with small stone houses, theFort of Saint John, Castelfranco, and the Gavone Castle, the Abbey of the Benedectine Fathers, the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist, and the Collegiate Church of Saint Blaise, with an octagonal-shaped late-Gothic bell tower decorated with numerous, thin twin lancet windows on each side.