The Italian Riviera – A Vacation Dichotomy

In Alassio, enjoy the peaceful relaxation of this modern beach setting from the romantic hauntings of a garden-rich, centuries old villa.

This article, written by Stephanie Orma, appears on Forbes.

The Italian Riviera’s Garden Paradise: Villa della Pergola

Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre—fuggedaboutit. For an Italian hideaway that puts your seaside dreams to shame head to the under-the-radar Riviera town of Alassio, where cypress and palm tree-laden hillsides, dancing blue seas, and some of the best sandy swaths fringe red-roof abodes. And the place to ogle it all: the masterfully restored 19th century Villa della Pergola, a 13-suite tropical paradise overlooking the Gulf of Alassio. Here’s why you’ll never want to leave:

Views, Views, Views. Don’t be surprised if “wow” is the only word you can utter for your entire stay. Artists and writers like Edward Lear (The Owl and the Pussycat) have been drawing landscape inspiration from Alassio for centuries. And who can blame them? From the villa’s ivy-draped stone terraces, Eden-like gardens, and grassy knolls, you can pull up a chaise and gaze endlessly at the serene sea blues, verdant slopes, and terracotta hues that deliver a seascape masterpiece straight out of a fantasy.

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