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That's amore: Denzel and wife mark 27 years of marriage in favourite Italian retreat

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"She puts up with me," the actor likes to joke about Pauletta. And why wouldn't she when he whisks her off to Italy every year 

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Romantic gestures such as this one during their meal in Portofino keeps the relationship ticking 

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The family like to hire a luxury yacht for their lazy annual Mediterranean vacation 

13 JULY 2010

Here's a man and a marriage to give you faith that relationships can last.

Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta are pictured looking content in love and life on their return to Italy – a place that holds many happy married memories for them – for a romance-filled break.

After 27 years of marriage they seem to know exactly what suits them as a couple.

And in the summer it's a simple recipe – sunshine, the occasional glass of rosé and Portofino, a picturesque jewel of a village that juts into the Mediterranean.

By day the Washingtons relaxed on a luxury yacht moored a few miles out to sea and by night they wandered out to dine, without any airs or graces, among the locals.

Their vacation wasn't strictly a 'date week' as at least one of their four children – John, who's nearly 26, Katia, 22, and 19-year-old twins Malcolm and Olivia - were with them.

The family is always given a warm welcome by the population because of their low-key, friendly attitude.

Last time they were here Denzel rushed over to congratulate a bride and groom who he came across just as they were leaving church.

He then cemented his reputation as a star in more ways than one by buying the whole party drinks to celebrate.

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