Spending a Holiday at the Italian Riviera
The Italian Riviera is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the whole world. The buildings look like they are straight out of a fairy tale, and the crystal blue ocean and white sand beaches are unparalleled.
The best way to enjoy the area is by renting a holiday home at the Italian Riviera.
The Italian architecture featured in the Riviera is a sight to behold. One feature of Italian buildings is trompe-l’oeil or painted decorative details on buildings. A passing glance may trick you eye into thinking that these details are real, such as railings painted on the sides of buildings to appear like real railings. Be sure to snap some pictures of this unique building feature.
The Hanbury Botanical Gardens is one of Italy's most famous attractions. The Gardens are expansive taking up over 45 acres of land and feature 6000 different plants and flowers. The nearby town of Ventimiglia has a wonderful seaside promenade where you can shop while admiring the ocean views.
The Italian Riviera is one of the best spots in Europe for whale watching. San Remo is a resort town along the Riviera. It is nicknamed the "City of Flowers" because of its abundance of pretty hilltop gardens.
San Remo is also a terrific place to go whale watching. You and your family can walk through the town and find several companies that offer whale watching excursions. Portofino is also one of Italy's iconic towns and is part of Italian Riviera. If you'd prefer a boat ride that will give you great views of the coastal towns, Portofino is a great place to find one. Don't forget to bring your camera! The views are stunning!
One of the best adventures to take in the Italian Riviera is to walk from Santa Margherita to Portofino. There is a wooden boardwalk built into the side of the mountains that extend between the two cities. The views from the boardwalk are gorgeous and it's a great way to see the area and get some exercise at the same time.
There are lots of choices along the Italian Riviera, and each comes with its own atmosphere. Portofino is very decadent and tends to draw a very rich crowd. Alassio is nearby and tends to be lesser-known that Portofino, making it less touristy while still providing great views and beaches. San Remo is a great place for shopping and walking around town.
Rapallo is a great option for couples or families who want to experience it all. Rapallo is situated roughly in the center of the Italian Riviera, so it offers easy access to all the other towns. You can simply choose the town that suits you and your family's needs the best.
Ideally, you should plan to spend at least a week to really give yourself time to get a feel of the Italian Riviera and explore many of its sights. Renting a holiday home is a great way to feel like a local while on vacation.