Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 81
Summer's ultimate on-the-water getaway.
Just say "the Med" and you can already imagine watching the Riviera come into view from the bow of a yacht, wandering through cities steeped in centuries of history, and sipping Aperol spritzes on clifftop terraces. "There's a special light
along the French Riviera that reﬂects the blue of the Mediterranean," says Leslie Fambrini, an advisor from Los Altos,
California. "It has inﬂuenced and inspired famous painters for years."
Cruise in style.
There's a reason so many ships call the Mediterranean home each
summer: "A cruise provides an overview of the region, with an ease of
access that lets you sample many places on an initial visit," Fambrini
says. Unpack on Crystal Cruises' 1,070-passenger Crystal Serenity
for a 12-day Barcelona-to-Venice sailing that calls on Saint-Tropez,
Sorrento, Kotor, and more. Departure: August 19; from $4,785.
(AMALFI COAST) BUENA VISTA IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES, (ESPADRILLES) SOLUDOS
Clockwise from top left:
The Amalfi Coast, Belmond
Hotel Caruso, and the
Crystal Serenity in Monaco.
Find your coast.
You get to see it all on a cruise, but chances are those glimpses will
leave you wanting more. Some of Fambrini's favorite small towns are
just beyond the Med's popular cruise ports, including Vence - set in
the hills above Nice on the French Riviera - and Ravello, tucked into
Italy's Amalﬁ Coast. Her advice: "Spend a few days stationed at the
51-room Belmond Hotel Caruso, and branch out to the quaint towns
along the Amalﬁ for long lunches, iconic sunsets, and a private yacht
experience to see this coastline from the 'other side.' " Doubles from
$1,027, including breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.
PACKING LIST: Fambrini's essentials for a Mediterranean summer vacation: "A chic pair of sunglasses, espadrilles with skinny
jeans, and a shawl for chilly evenings."
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