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La Dolce Vita at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.
Aficionados of all things Italian will surely recognize the following scene: rustic white fishing boats drift languidly in a small harbor, embraced by a promenade of narrow buildings that have been painted the earthy, oxidized colors of a Mediterranean landscape. This is Portofino, although it is far removed from the location where you would probably expect to find it---the lovely lower thigh of the Italian boot. Instead, this picturesque déjà vu, the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, resides in Orlando. It is charming and tasteful, as suitable for honeymooners as it is for families, and while it oozes la dolce vita, it isn't ashamed of its Floridian surroundings. For proof, just check out the waterways designed not to separate you from the outside world, but rather to take you directly to Universal Orlando’s two theme parks – Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, home of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Your hotel room key works as a pass that allows you to bypass the regular lines on most rides and attractions in both theme parks. Palazzo-style architecture, cobblestone streets and pretty piazzas set the stage for 750 guestrooms and suites, the humblest of which is spacious enough to sleep five. Since Italy is renowned for wining and dining, it's no surprise that food plays a prominent role here. The signature restaurant, Bice Ristorante, originated as a neighborhood trattoria in Milan in 1926. From the traditional (a full-service spa and preferred tee times on at several nearby courses) to the unusual (a bocce ball court and a nightly opera performance), the extras here stand out.