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Italy is known for fabulous foods and an amazing culture but the country does have one secret – The Italian Riviera. Along the Rivera are fishermen towns, colourful buildings and a life of luxury that is now about to be uncovered. Let’s take a look at what a honeymoon on the Italian Riviera could look like.
First let’s visit a place known to the rich and famous, a fishing village named Portofino. Portofino is located inside the province of Genoa, a place known for its beauty and picturesque harbours.
A place to stay:
Belmond Hotel Splendido and Splendido Mare is located within walking distance of Portofino’s centre. If you’re looking to splurge and live the life of luxury for a little while this is definitely the place to do so.
The hotel itself is fully equipped to keep you entertained with a pool (that has the most picturesque view), a fitness centre with personal trainers, a private motor boat and a shuttle service to drive you between the two hotel premises. If you’re a foodie you’ll be pleased to know the hotel has three restaurants, a piano bar and a pool bar.
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Staying close to Portofino can be costly but there are some beautiful locations not far from the centre that are just as wonderful. A fifteen minute scenic car ride from the town centre will take you to Hotel Best Western Regina Elena. Not only does the hotel have a private beach but a rooftop pool and hot tub where you can take in the views of the beautiful coastline.
Images via Best Western Hotel Regina Elena
What to do and see:
Being a coastal town there are plenty of activities in and around the water to keep you cool and entertained on your trip. Outdoor Portofino runs a range of activities from kayaking to snorkelling. The company also offers land activities if you’d rather stay dry. These include Nordic walking and orienteering which will teach you about the territory.
If the idea of snorkelling tickles your fancy you should check out the Christ Statue of Abyss. Portofino holds the original bronze statue which was built and placed in the Mediterranean Sea in 1954. The statue represents Christ raising both his hands and head toward the sky offering a blessing of peace.
Images via Outdoor Portofino
Castello Brown is a historic site which holds a perfect view of the Portofino Piazzetta. The castle was created in the 15th century and was used as a site to defend the harbour. In 1961 the castle was sold to the city of Portofino and has since become a house museum.
Images via Castello Brown
With spectacular scenery and the sparkling sea, the Italian Riveria is a glamorous destination for newlyweds looking for romance!
Ms Chinoiserie Says: Picture postcard perfect; I can see myself dining by the turquoise sea taking in the view! Just beautiful!