Escape to the Italian Riviera
The Italian Riviera is a glorious seaside destination, full of resort towns and coastal villages that stake intermittent claim on the rocky shores of the Ligurian Sea. With its mix of mountains and fishing villages, it is easy to see why this part of Italy has captured the hearts of visitors for over two centuries, no matter where their interests lie. The former fishing village of Portofino remains one of the most exclusive locations on the coast – a playground for the rich, famous, and fabulously chic. It is a fantastic base for exploring the region, as is the neighboring village of Santa Margherita Ligure. The teetering mountain slopes above the coast, carpeted with olive trees and vines, will transport you to another era, where traditions and cuisine have not changed in centuries. Genoa is a marvelously cosmopolitan and vibrant port city which is home to a fascinating Old Town, with its narrow streets, historic buildings, galleries, and medieval churches. The five tiny villages known as Cinque Terre (Five Lands) offers the perfect backdrop for the outdoor enthusiasts who want to spend a day exploring the charming coast on foot.