Dolceacqua is a comune in the Province of Imperia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 120 kilometres southwest of Genoa and about 35 kilometres west of Imperia, on the border with France.
The first official document that quotes Dolceacqua dates back to 1151, when the accounts of Ventimiglia had the first heart of the castle built at the top of the rocky speron overlooking the creek where the valley tightens and forks: the Roja valley on one side, the Val Nervia on the other.
In 1270 Dolceacqua was purchased by the Doria of Genoa and over the centuries the “Earth” was developed in the town that stands at the foot of the castle.
Delve into the cinematic legacy of Portofino. This year Belmond were thrilled to team up with the Italian Riviera Film Festival to celebrate Portofino’s silver screen heritage, producing a heartfelt short film presented by beloved actor Alessandro Gassmann. Commissioned by Belmond from local production company Flying Donkeys, the film honours legendary actor, director, screenwriter and Splendido guest, Vittorio Gassmann – Alessandro’s father.
Italy, a European country with a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.
0:00 – Intro 0:39 – Sardinia & Cala Goloritze 1:45 – Lake Como, Varenna, & Bellagio 2:43 – Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre 4:10 – Portofino & San Fruttuoso 4:54 – Venice 5:22 – Valdobbiadene 5:46 – Lake Garda & Monte Baldo 6:27 – Madonna Santuario 6:53 – Verona & Bologna 7:58 – Milan 8:40 – Lake Maggiore & Lake Lugano 9:31 – Aosta 9:45 – Cervinia 10:13 – Great St. Bernard Pass 10:42 – Stelvio Pass, Tirano, & Fellaria Glacier 11:44 – Piedmont Region 12:59 – Ponza & Chiaia di Luna 13:55 – Porto Flavia, Tavolara Island, & Cala Spinosa 14:57 – Dolomites & Seceda 15:32 – Alpe di Siusi & Sassolungo 16:14 – Gardena Pass & Val di Funes 16:50 – Lago di Braies & Passo Giau 17:30 – Cinque Torri & Lago Federa 18:05 – Vajolet Towers & Lago Sorapis 18:41 – Tre Cime di Lavaredo 19:20 – Rome & Vatican City 20:43 – Calcatta Vecchia 21:08 – Civita di Bagnoregio 21:35 – Naples & Pompeii 22:21 – Ischia & Procida 22:53 – Amalfi Coast & Fiordo di Furore 24:12 – Positano & Amalfi 25:20 – Atrani, Ravello, Praiano 27:18 – Capri 27:53 – Umbria & Perugia 28:32 – Spoleto & Assisi 29:18 – Spello & San Marino 30:21 – Vieste & Gargano National Park 30:46 – Tremiti Islands 31:26 – Puglia & Bari 31:45 – Polignano a Mare 32:15 – Alberobello & Matera 33:20 – Locorotondo & Martina Franca 33:50 – Taranto & Ostuni 34:40 – Calabria & Capo Vaticano 35:13 – Tropea & Scilla 35:58 – Gerace & Bova 36:44 – Sicily & Palermo 37:05 – Cefalu & Catania 37:40 – Taormina & Syracuse 38:36 – Valley of the Temples 39:14 – Aeolian Islands 39:30 – Lampedusa 39:54 – Tuscany & San Gimignano 41:09 – Siena & Monteriggioni 42:04 – Val d’Orcia & Pienza 42:45 – Montepulciano & Saturnia 43:58 – Pitilignano & Carrara 44:40 – Pisa 45:12 – Florence 46:26 – Outro
In the fourth instalment of our series, US travelers Allison and Eric Bieller will be feasting their way through Cinque Terre, on the Italian Riviera. The 12-kilometer stretch of coastline in the Liguria region, along with its picturesque villages, is a UNESCO- World Heritage site. Eric and Allison check out all five of the villages – Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, and sample delicious Italian specialities. Buon appetito!
Rapallo is a town on the Italian Riviera coastline. It’s known for the hilltop Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montallegro, a pilgrimage site with sea views. The Castello di Rapallo, a 16th-century fortress, sits on the waterfront. Southwest, near Portofino village, 10th-century San Fruttuoso Abbey sits in a small cove. Nearby, the Portofino Protected Marine Area includes the underwater Christ of the Abyss bronze statue.
Portofino is a fishing village on the Italian Riviera coastline, southeast of Genoa city. Pastel-colored houses, high-end boutiques and seafood restaurants fringe its Piazzetta, a small cobbled square overlooking the harbor, which is lined with super-yachts. A path leads from the Piazzetta to Castello Brown, a 16th-century fortress and museum with art exhibitions and panoramic views of the town and the Ligurian Sea.