With its mild climate, extravagant villas and stunning scenery, the Italian Riviera is just as charming as its more famous neighbour, the French Riviera. Known as the ‘Riviera of Flowers’, the Italian Riviera has an abundance of beauty, retaining all the elegance of the French Riviera but with plenty of Italian character. Mountainsides strewn with olive groves and vineyards tumble towards the shimmering seas, with attractive harbour villages and medieval towns waiting to be discovered. With its own micro-climate, this region has plenty of sunshine and pleasant temperatures to enjoy year-round. From ancient history and architecture, to ultra-modern opulence, there’s so much to be explored in this charming destination.
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Hopping over the border into France, a walking tour of this ancient fortified hilltop village affords magnificent views overlooking the sea. At the Fragonard Perfume Factory, you can learn all about how the exquisite fragrances are produced. The pretty town is adorned with high stone walls, cobbled streets and old buildings, with the ruins of a 12th century castle at its centre – but a word of warning, the ancient streets are rather hilly!
The world’s most densely populated sovereign country, and one of the most expensive, this exclusive haunt is packed full of high-rise buildings, fancy yachts, exotic gardens and of course, the world-famous Monte Carlo casino. In stark contrast to the gleaming affluence, the south side of the port has a picturesque old town with a castle to explore, so that you can enjoy both the ancient and modern parts of this buzzing country.
One of the city’s main attractions is the extensive outdoor market which has a great atmosphere and is packed with wondrous wares – from delicious foods to unusual antiques. It also has the remains of a Roman theatre and baths, the stunning Hanbury Gardens, and the beautiful medieval hill town of Ventimiglia Alta.
Regarded as a key social centre at the end of the 19th century, Italy’s answer to Monte Carlo boasts palatial villas and all of the opulence you would expect from the Riviera. Explore the intriguing contrasts: from modern villas, to towering medieval houses, and an ornate domed Russian Orthodox church.
This quaint fishing village has an air of exclusivity with plenty of interesting boutique shops to look around. Its beautifully colourful harbour has a peaceful atmosphere that’s perfect for enjoying some free time and unwinding.
Picturesque and pleasant, Santa Margherita has beautiful garden terraces in which to sit and watch the world go by. The impressive 17th century Villa Durazzo and the stunning church of San Giacomo are inspiring to look around, offering a glimpse into the history of the area.
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The five idyllic coastal villages that make up the Cinque Terre, or ‘Five Lands’, are nestled amongst the dramatic cliff edge that defines this area of Italy, best explored by the 19th century railway line that runs between them.
The Côte d’Azur, as its name suggests, is defined by its glittering turquoise seas – but is equally associated with the glitz and glamour of wealth and fame, which can be enjoyed from the sparkling resort town of Cannes.
Istria, found in Croatia’s far north, slices into the sparkling blue of the Adriatic Sea. Characterised by miles of coastline and a richly rural interior, this region has its own unique identity and is known as the ‘Tuscany of Croatia’.
Carpeted with laden olive trees and dotted with ancient settlements, Puglia surely presents Italian countryside at its most rustic and idyllic. Unspoilt Puglia is blessed with a vast coastline, baroque towns and its own distinct identity.