Elegant Villas of the Italian Riviera


Artistically painted building, some typically referred to as Trompe L’Oeil 

While driving along the Italian Riviera between Genoa to the north and Portovenere to the south, I was greatly entertained and delighted by the brightly painted villas along the way. Typical of the area, many are dressed in colorful window embellishments, curlicues, and even some with painted on shutters. Pastel colors dominated the coastline and were lovingly as well as artistically kept in immaculate condition.

Jump inside and take a drive with me on a lovely day along the Italian Riviera.


Beautifully painted buildings stand on a flower enhanced turn around in Chiavari


Top of a clock tower impeccably painted and creatively adorned


Stately villa on the way to Portofino


Imagine the view this villa must have as it faces out toward the sparkling Mediterranean


Earth, sea and sky…and lovely villas create elegance



Most of the villas sit high above the Mediterranean on terraced property of fruit groves and gardens.


Intoxicating view of the village below


Iron rod balconies welcome views of the Mediterranean and the terraced landscape. Love those tall green shutters. At least these appear to be real and not painted on as some shutters are.


Even the villas put their laundry out to dry. It is a very common sight on the Italian Riviera

This Riviera di Levante, (“the coast of the rising sun”), another name for this part of the Riviera, is an experience that i’ve found a joy to relive. Pastels, artwork, terraced hillsides of olives, fruits and vines, and intoxicating ocean views all weave together a very pleasant place to linger.

If you have enjoyed this colorful escape to one of Italy’s beautiful landscapes, please like below and pass it on for someone else to enjoy:)

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17 replies

  1. Susan, the buildings in Italy always seem to look so fresh and clean as well as beautiful. I especially like the clock tower.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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  2. The pictures remind me a little of the villas in Sorrento 😀

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  3. I go nuts for those painting buildings! Beautiful photos….

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  4. Magic. Such a magnificent area. Your photos are stunning Susan.


  5. They are all so beautiful, I wish I could live in them all. I spent a wonderful long weekend near this area last year and it was like a colorful dream.

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  6. Lovely photos and post, Susan! I love the colorful clock tower! So much can be seen along the road when you have a car. Thank you for sharing

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  7. I will be in Genoa in April and your post has me counting the days. This area new to me, so excited to explore. Beautiful photos! Nance

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