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Review: PBS Takes a Trip to the Italian Coast with a romance and a dash of mystery Drama

PBS’s new series Hotel Portofino won’t exactly substitute for the real thing, but this visually rich 1920s-set period drama set on the Italian coast.

And Offers soothing escapism that will appeal to fans of shows like Downton Abbey and The Durrells in Corfu.

Set in 1926, Hotel Portofino focuses on the Ainsworth family. Bella  and Cecil are British expats who run a hotel catering to the English travelers flocking to Italy during the interwar years. 

Living with them are their son Lucian (Oliver Dench), a would-be artist and World War I vet struggling with what would today be called PTSD.

Living with them are their son Lucian (Oliver Dench), a would-be artist and World War I vet struggling with what would today be called PTSD.

Hotel Portofino, which was filmed on location in Italy and Croatia, is gorgeous to look at. The camera lingers on the coastal cliffs, rocky beaches, and sun-dappled city streets.

With its melange of love triangles, clandestine couplings, art theft, and extortion attempts, Hotel Portofino may have bitten off more than it can chew.

Hotel Portofino premiered on Sunday, June 19 at 8 p.m. To watch the trailer of ‘Hotel Portofino’ click Down Below.

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