One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A coastal region with a subtropical climate and vegetation.
- ‘Trieste sits on the Italian riviera, near the Slovenian border and at the foot of the Alps, terraced with peach coloured villas.’
- ‘Holiday destination to none other than the Blair family, Sharm el Sheikh is also know as the Red Sea riviera.’
- ‘Poor in resources it may be, but the riviera, which in Italian simply means shore, in Liguria becomes The Riviera, a rocky, hauntingly lovely strip of coastline connecting France to Tuscany.’
- ‘The Dalmatian riviera in Croatia is fast becoming the place to be seen.’
- ‘Western Liguria is home to the Italian riviera and the eastern side borders Tuscany.’
- 1.1 Part of the Mediterranean coastal region of southern France and northern Italy, extending from Cannes to La Spezia, famous for its beauty, mild climate, and fashionable resorts.
Mid 18th century: from Italian, literally ‘seashore’.
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