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SPRING-SUMMER 2010I sea&iI53aboardashoreHarrison and Lilli Palmer. Richard Burton also proposed to Elizabeth Taylor here in Puny's restaurantin the port. Follow in their footsteps with a drink in the harbourside while feastingonrisotto al currye gamberi.Behind the portside restaurants, the cobblestone streets are lined with boutiques the likesof Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Dior, but for relaxation set your heights higher. Way up on the hillsideis the exclusive Hotel Splendido, with views over the horseshoe-shaped harbour and bustling activitybelow. A former monastery(converted over 100 years ago), the Splendido boasts celebrity statushaving hosted the world's most coveted icons over the years - black and white images of whomline the walls. The excellent outdoor restaurant, La Terrazza, and the perfectly positioned pool bothboast a panoramic view over the port and coastline and your yacht anchored below. The five landsSpend a morning cruising to the Cinque Terre National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage site. Namedafter the five neighbouring towns of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola andRiomaggiore, Cinque Terre is one of Europe's most beautiful coastlines. Built into the cliffs on thecoast of Liguria, north of Tuscany, the area has managed to escape the hubbub that afflicts so manycoastlines thanks to its steep terrain, which limits access for vehicles. In fact, cars are banned in mostof the villages, which only adds to their charm. Way up on the hillside is the exclusive Hotel Splendido, with views over the horseshoe-shaped harbour below?Below:superyachts and small fishing boats share the waters in the horseshoe-shaped harbour of Portofino

54Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2010Linking one lovely village to another, the famous Sentiero Azzurro path affords spectacular vistas.Leading you through shady olive groves, along the cliff-tops and past pebbly beaches, the completetrail can take several hours for those wanting to take it at speed, or a day's leisurely hike at a slowerpace. The first 20-minute stretch is the most spectacular, with sections of the path from Riomaggioreto Manarola tunnelling beneath overhanging rocks and emerging at various vertiginous spots linedwith semi-tropical aloe. The path then winds through olive groves and vines between Corniglia andVernazza. It is the steepest stretch, but also the prettiest. Considered by many to be the loveliest of the five villages, Vernazza dates to Roman times. Ochre-coloured houses are built into a rocky headland crowned by an 11th-century castle, and cobblestonestreets lead to the natural harbour edged by the village, castle and terraced vineyards.Finish in Monterosso al Mare - the perfect place for a dip in the sea and spaghetti al mare atRistorante Ciak. As the land-based tourists rush to catch the last trains out, stay for the sunsetaccompanied only by the locals, and savour a magical taste of what this deserted, idyllic village wouldhave been like centuries ago.nFor more information on chartering in the Mediterranean, please contact your nearest CNI charter broker. See page 6 forcontact details. Ochre-coloured houses are carved into a rocky headlandcrowned by an 11th century castle in Vernazza Above:the imposing Santa Margheritad'Antiochia parish church, with its octagonal belfry, overlooks Vernazza Opposite page, top:olive groves and vines line the path between Corniglia and VernazzaRight:the Hotel Splendido boasts spectacular views over Portofino Photography: Fototeca ENIT / Agenzia Regionale in Liguria