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Belmond Splendido
Belmond Splendido has panoramic views of romantic Portofino harbour and the Ligurian sea beyond.

Italy

With more than 4,700 miles of coastline, Italy is home to some of Europe’s most picturesque seascapes peppered with secluded coves and stylish resorts. The dramatic scenery of Liguria’s Cinque Terre, where traditional villages perch on rugged headlands, attracts scores of tourists in the summer months; the Amalfi Coast is another major draw, with its cornice road that winds along towering cliffs. Italians descend on the beaches in July and August, although it’s possible to seek out tranquillity at one of the exclusive hotels that hug the country’s coastline.

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Il Pellicano, Porto Ercole, Tuscany

Set up in the 1960s by a dashing British aviator and his American wife in a secluded cove...

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