Tranquil harbour views at Grand Hotel Portovenere

Grand Hotel Portovenere, Liguria

Who? Grand Hotel Portovenere

What? Cinque Terre might be the best known sight of Liguria but Portovenere has its understated charm. At the heart of the town, with tranquil views of the harbour, is Grand Hotel Portovenere. It’s a literal stone throw from the pebbled paths of the old town, an easy journey by day. And at night, it’s the perfect place to look out onto the harbour lights.

When? Open year round

Where? Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 5, 19025 Portovenere SP, Italy

How? For more information and to book, see

Ten photos from Grand Hotel Portovenere

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Embrace castle life at Grand Hotel dei Castelli

Grand Hotel dei Castelli, Sestri Levante

Who? Grand Hotel dei Castelli

What? We love the idea of being able to stay in a castle but we love the idea of being able to stay in one with all the mod cons even more. So when we went to Sestri Levante and stayed at Grand Hotel dei Castelli, well, we simply fell in love. The grand hotel boasts some stunning views over the Italian Riviera but offers an incredible amount of privacy too. In fact, it has its own private sea-water pool. How divine.

When? Open year round

Where? Via Penisola di Levante, 26 – 16039 Sestri Levante, Italy

How? For more information, see

Ten photos from Grand Hotel dei Castelli

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Bespoke photography experiences return to Belmond Hotels

Belmond La Residencia

Belmond La Residencia, Photo c/o Belmond

Who? Belmond Hotels

What? Belmond’s bespoke photography experiences returns to its properties in Italy and Mallorca as the hotels reopen for the 2015 season. This year the experiences include evening photo tour of Venice at Belmond Hotel Cipriani, underwater photography at Belmond Hotel Splendido, Florence from the sky at Belmond Villa San Michele, Naples by vintage Vespa at Belmond Hotel Caruso, ‘Cook and Camera’ at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo and Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea and bird watching at Belmond La Residencia. Prices vary.

When? Available now

Where? Available at various Belmond Hotels.

How? For more information and to book, visit

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