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Finale Ligure is a town in Liguria of about 12'000 inhabitans. Finale Ligure consists of three formerly independet 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 center of each part can still be noticed. This is most obvious in Finalborgoa, where the cosy old town with its small streets is still sourrounded by the original town wall. Finale Ligure is popular with families for the beaches, the climbers for the limestone mountains and the bikers.
There are direct train connections from Genova about every 30 minutes (1 hour) and from Milan about every 2 hours (2.5 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.
The nearest airports are in Genova (GOA) and in Nice (NCE). They are about 45 minutes and 1.5 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.
The downtowns of Finale are small and everything is in walking distance. Even moving between the different centres is a mere 15 minutes 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.
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.
There are plenty of restaurants and also the cafes have sometimes decent food available. Most restaurants do italian standard fare.
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.
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.
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.