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Riviera, pronounced [riˈvjɛːra], is an Italian word which means "coastline",[1][2] ultimately derived from Latin ripa, through Ligurian rivea.[3] It came to be applied as a proper name to the coast of Liguria, in the form riviera ligure, then shortened to riviera. The two areas currently known in English as "The Riviera" without additional qualification are:

Riviera may be also applied to any coastline, especially one that is sunny, topographically diverse and popular with tourists.[1][2] Such places called Riviera include:



United States





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  2. ^ a b Kolb, Martina (2013). Nietzsche, Freud, Benn, and the Azure Spell of Liguria. Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press. p. 30. ISBN 978-1-4426-4329-1. 
  3. ^ Niccoli, Alessandro (1970). "Riviera". Enciclopedia Dantesca (in Italian). 
  4. ^ "The California Riviera". Trip Advisor. 
  5. ^ "HuffPost Arts & Culture: Bronx Riviera Photos Perfectly Capture New York's Summer Spirit". The Huffington Post. August 20, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ Lawrence, Wayne (October 2013). Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera. Prestel Publishing. 
  7. ^ a b "The Bronx Riviera: Life at the 'hood beach' – in pictures". The Guardian. October 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ NYC Parks & Recreation. "Orchard Beach, Bronx - Visit The Riviera of New York City". New York City: The Official Guide. 
  9. ^ L., Jonathan. "The Working Class Riviera - Orchard Beach and City Island". Travel Gumbo.