Italian Riviera Get-a-way
Photos courtesy of Casa Lorenzine
Story by Bartosz Jaworski
We love Italy, especially after recent visits to Florence. But for a scenic retreat from the commotion of urban life, the gay-owned Casa Lorenzine B&B offers a taste of a more rural country along the Italian Riviera. Close enough to the glitz and glamor of high-stakes Monte-Carlo, the tranquil landscape is enough to make you forget about civilization for a while. The inn is managed by a hospitable couple who boast a commitment to an authentic cultural experience.
Spend a day by pristine beaches, taking walks on an ancient Roman roads, or excursions to the Maritime Alps. Fitness-minded hikers can benefit from nearby close to Cinque Terra, a well-preserved World Heritage Site with stunning trails along steep landscapes overlooking the sea. The location is a rustic dream with a Mediterranean flair.
There are two double rooms available and a two-story suite accommodating up to six, all of which have a breath-taking seaside view. Al are elegantly and warmly decorated with all the usual amenities, along with lovely Provençale herbal soaps and toiletries, Wi-FI Internet, and even a collection of recent movies and DVD player to watch them with.
The rates are 107€ ($136) per night for doubles with continental breakfast, or add on 20€ ($25) for a large Riviera breakfast. The suite starts at 127€ a night depending on the party and the breakfast preference. Food is prepared fresh with a rich and varied menu daily consisting of Italian regional favorites, such as melon with Prosciutto di Parma, and focaccia with extra virgin olive oil, Taggia black olives and rosemary. Since the Riviera breakfast is rarely ever finished, the friendly staff can prepare a picnic basket for their guests as they venture out into the charming countryside surrounding the location.
Although we love reporting on big Italian cities (or smaller gorgeous ones) great times and gay inclusiveness can be found off the beaten track as well—although it doesn't hurt that Monaco is a short drive away.