Exploring the Italian Riviera

Italian Riviera is as enjoyable as its French counterpart but perhaps not as glamorous. Film celebrities and fashionistas flock to Cannes every now and then and gamblers head for Monaco’s casinos.

But some of the Italian beaches offer you something that others can’t. It is the pleasure of viewing wonderful sights of magnificent medieval palaces while you swim or sunbathe on the Italian coast.

Located between the narrow coastal strip of the Ligurian Sea and the mountain range of Maritime Alps, the Italian – sometime also called Ligurian – Riviera, is famous for its sandy beaches and magnificent hillsides overlooking the blue ocean.

This region is dotted with splendid seaside resort towns and fishing villages. Occasionally there are desolate stretches of coast with rolling hills where grapes and olive grow in abundance.

The Riviera is linked with the rest of Italy and many parts
of France by an excellent network of roads and trains. Genoa is in the center of the Riviera and easy to reach by public transport.

Its historic center, with several  churches and palaces, is the largest medieval quarter in the all of Europe. This port city is a popular tourist attraction and has many comfortable hotels, restaurants, bars and excellent shopping opportunities.

Portofino is a quaint little fishing town perched on a rocky stretch of land. It has a cluster of dark yellow colored buildings with hills covered with pines, palms and cypresses in the background.

With its pleasant weather throughout the year, dramatic ocean views and fabulous dining and wining opportunities, it became the darling of the rich and famous.

Enterprising hoteliers offered various types of accommodation options. The most splendid place to stay is Hotel Splendido whose structure, a century ago, formed part of a 16th century monastery. The once-humble fishing hamlet thus turned into a veritable Lo Dolce Vita.

There are several beautiful beach resorts on the Italian Riviera. Ventimiglia with its pebble beach and lively weekly market is a charming little town. Close to it is San Remo, another quaint beach resort with several 19th century villas and a hundred-year old casino.

The town’s Royal Hotel opened its doors to guests in 1872. It’s a lovely place to be pampered with aristocratic grandeur and modern comforts.

The cuisine is exceptionally good in the Italian Riviera resorts. It ranges from seafood to pasta. Italians are great wine drinkers. Dry white wine is the most popular drink here.

The Italian Riviera is a rare region where – wherever you go – you will find many historical landmarks in ancient and medieval coastal towns.