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

"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 

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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