The glitzy Italian Riviera is one of the most stunning and picturesque places in the world and long been a luxury playground for the rich and famous. Just look at that azure water, verdant hills and magnificent mansions on a sunny summer day in Italy's exclusive Liguurian coast. Ahhhh, Portofino!
BEST TIPS FOR ITALIAN RIVIERA LUXURY ON A SMALL BUDGET
1) YOU DON'T NEED TO STAY IN A 5 STAR HOTEL TO ENJOY THE LUXURY
This photo was taken in Portofino which is a tiny fishing village turned tre chic with only 500 permanent residents, thus it doesn't take long to tour it. Most of the towns on the Italian Riviera are close together and easily accessible by train and/or bus.
2) DO DAY TRIPS AND SLOW TRAVEL
Slow travel often means picking a comfortable base and doing day trips from it. That is really easy to do in the Italian coast if you go Italian style like the locals.
Why be at the mercy of a cruise ship schedule and super high costs to travel with masses of people? Do day trips by bus or train from your comfy base and do things on YOUR timing. We've learned how to travel without crowds in high season, partly by avoiding cruise ships and their days in port.
5) ENJOY ALL THE FREE THINGS
There are so many things that you can do for free...hike, hang out at the glorious beaches, explore boutiques and art galleries, visit historic spots or just wander about the enchanted streets and harbors.
6) SPLURGE ON LITTLE LUXURIES TO FEEL LIKE A QUEEN OR KING
Because you are saving so much money by traveling smart, you can also allow yourself little luxuries like dinner ( or better yet lunch) in a fancy place or after a picnic lunch, splurging on gelato or dessert in the fanciest of places.
DON'T MISS THE ITALIAN RIVIERA
So now that you know you don't have to be rich to travel richly, when are you headed to the Italian Riviera? If it is not on your bucket list, it should be!