Some information that may be of use to you for your visit.
As the area you are visiting is not a common tourist destination, it is uncommon to hear English spoken. You will therefore benefit from some knowledge of Italian to help you get by in shops and restaurants.
click for TRENITALIA to select your train time-table (also in English)
The currency of Italy changed from the Lira to the Euro on 1 January 2002. Whilst you can easily obtain Euros at the airports, you probably won't get the best rates. To change currency in Italy, look for a banks (cambii) that have a margin of no more than 5% between their 'buy' and 'sell' prices. ATM machines will take UK cards but you are likely to end up paying large fees if you use them often.
Nowadays its even easier, and cheaper, to fly to Italy. Most of the lost-cost airlines, including easyJet and Ryan Air, offer flights to Genoa, Nice or both. And you can usually fly from a local airport too, saving you travelling costs before you fly.
Being a coastal region, its hardly surpring that fish and seafood dishes are to be found on most restaurant menus. But that's not to say you won't be spoilt for choice: for example, if you like pizza, you'll never run out of possible combinations. You will notice that the food doesn't compare to what you might know as 'Italian food' from home: virtually everything you eat will have been grown or caught locally and will have been prepared from fresh right there in the restaurant - in some cases, right in front of your eyes. Forget burgers, forget chips, forget doughnuts - they simply don't exist!
There's plenty to photograph in the region. If the landscape, seascapes, plants, wildlife and night scenes don't grab you, hardly a week goes by when there isn't a festival somewhere in the region.
The countless flowers attract butterflies almost year-round. In the forests, you might see wild boar or chamois deer. There are no known bears in the wilds of Liguria.