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Honeymoon Planning in the Italian Riviera

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Honeymoon Planning in the Italian Riviera


I'm planning out my honeymoon for my fiancee and I, and I was wondering if you could help me with the itinerary. We are planning on staying in the Italian Riviera from July 25-29. We were thinking of staying at Grand Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita Ligure(http://www.grandhotelmiramare.it/). Any thoughts on the hotel and its location?

We would like to visit Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino, and Cinque Terre, but we would love some advice on smaller charming towns on the Riviera. Also, if you have any suggestions on great restaurants, wineries, hiking paths, or other fun activities for couples, I would really appreciate it!

Thanks in advance for your help.

Here & There
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1. Re: Honeymoon Planning in the Italian Riviera


I had answered a similar question earlier in the week. Will cut and paste for you!

Our favorite accommodation in La Spezia is an agriturismo, Golfo dei Poeti Agriturismo. Romantic, and reasonable if you want a base to do this area.

Around La Spezia, visit gorgeous Portovenere, and Tellaro, both reached by bus from La Spezia if you don't have a car. Both incredibly romantic. Tellaro is no more than a hamlet, resembling the Cinque Terre prior to the onslaught of tourists.







Portovenere has many hotels with huge ranges in price, and facilities. The Royal Sporting and the Grand Hotel Portovenere are large resorts, but the small Albergo Genio in the medieval center may fit your budget.

In Tellaro, Locanda Miranda, or Il Nino are possibilities. Il Nino has its own private beach. Hotel Fiascherino in Fiascherino (right near Tellaro) has an especially beautiful, and romantic position.

From here, you may also want to explore Sarzana, and the Roman ruins in Luni.

In the Cinque Terre, you'll be able to hike, and boat the five towns. It's possible to also hike, or boat to the towns from Portovenere. Personal preferences dictate which town would be most special to you.

In Manarola, the Marina Piccola is a small in right on the water. La Mala is the place to stay in Vernazza. SO, so special and romantic! In Manarola, Villa Steno in the old town is quite charming.

Camolgi is an excellent choice of towns on the Portofino peninsula. It's just delightful, and has good boat connection to Portofin, and San Fruttuoso. A smaller family run place, Hotel Casmona is right over the beach with great terraces, and views. Very easy to day trip to Genoa from here, or if you prefer to stay a night in Genoa, try the more budget conscious Hotel Agnello D'Oro. Locanda di Palazzo Cicala is an upscale accommodation in a palazzo, though some of its reviews have been mixed.

From Camolgi, you may also want to consider a day trip to Aqui Terme in Piedmont to visit some wineries, or the spa.

The Riviera di Ponente west of Genoa will have sandy beaches and be quite different from the Riviera Levante east of Genoa. Noli, and Albenga are both worth visits. Noli has a ruined castle, and ancient streets. Albenga has great medieval architecture. Hotel Punta Est in Finale Ligure is a very romantic place to stay in this area, albeit pricey. Another possibility would be the Charme & Relax Relais Il Casale in Bardino Vecchio.

Though very touristy, you might want to experience the sandy beach at Alassio. If you choose to stay, the Grand Hotel Diana would be a possibilty. But then do head to the Ligurian hinderland, the mountains of Liguria. See towns like Apricale, and Dolceacqua. Locanda dei Carugi in Apricale is a perfect, romantic stay. The gardens at Giardino Hanbury, and the Balzi Rossi caves are almost on the border with France. Relais San Damian in Imperia is a very good base for this area, as well as La Riserva in Ventimiglia. Ventimiglia is known for its flower markets. San Remo might also be of interest to you.


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2. Re: Honeymoon Planning in the Italian Riviera

Sandi, Vagabonda has really given you some excellent advice. Tellaro, Lerici, Sarzana, Portovénere, Camogli are all pearls to be discovered. The hotel Casmona in Camogli is worth checking out. I prefer Camogli to SML, it is more of a cove beach, quite protected. SML is lovely, though, so don't get the wrong impression. I like strolling through the older part of the city. But Camogli has my heart.

Tellaro is also a cove, which is why I like it. It is earthy and sweet, and also feels quite protected. I love just hanging out there, staring north at the jutting coastline. Hmmmm.

There is a woman in Lerici who does really great tours and tour planning for the CT, the Lunigiana, coastal Tuscany, Portofino etc. Her name is Megan and her website is www.bellavistaitalia,com. She's American. Meg might give you some very good insights.

Near the CT, a good hotel to consider is also the Doria Park in Lerici. Well located.

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