Nicole Richie enjoys family time in Italy

Her husband Joel Madden has spent most of this year in Australia where he has been acting as a mentor on The Voice.

And while Nicole Richie and the couple's young children Harlow and Sparrow often went to visit him Down Under, the fashion designer is no doubt excited to spend some down time with her beau during their current romantic getaway.

The couple are holidaying in Portofino, Italy, with their two tots and friends.

However, on Wednesday, the pair stole a few moments away from the group to go for a romantic stroll by the picturesque harbour.

The couple captured the moment in a happy snap, Nicole captioning the image, 'Love in Portofino'.

In the shot, the 31-year-old shows off her deep tan in a black bikini teamed with a high-waisted yellow skirt - the ensemble reminiscent of the Fifties era.

Her look is completed with a pair of vintage style black and white patent brogues.

Meanwhile, her hubby is the epitome of casual in a pair of baggy shorts and a singlet top as he drapes his arm around his wife.

Later in the day, Nicole modelled yet another bikini as she hit the high seas on a speed boat.

The mother-of-two displayed her super trim torso in a strapless taupe bikini which again accentuated her sun-kissed hue.

Deeply tanned, the former reality TV star opted to forgo make-up to let her natural glowing complexion take centre stage.

It was a similar case the evening before when Nicole dressed up for a night out in the Italian village, wearing a plunging print Issa maxi-dress.

Nicole seemed in great spirits as she headed out to a restaurant with Joel and their group of friends.

Despite having a low-key night out in the Italian fishing village, she still managed to bring her style A-game, standing out in her vibrant ensemble.

The fashion-conscious star paired the yellow and blue dress, which was cinched in at the waist and had a low cut neckline, with open toe tan stilettos.

And the designer clearly wanted to keep the focus on the stand-out dress, opting against jewellery and pulling back her blonde hair into a low bun.

Knowing that less is always more, Nicole went make-up free, clearly relaxed and confident enough to stand out fresh-faced.

The star was clearly in holiday mode, seeming in great spirits as she chatted to friends, and later holding court inside the restaurant.

She sat next to her husband Joel, who looked typically rocky in a red checked shirt, tan trousers and a matching boater hat.

The parents had obviously left their young children Harlow and Sparrow back at the hotel with a nanny so that they could spend some time with their pals and each other.

"Joel and I really write down every adorable thing they do and save them," Nicole has said about her children.

"One of the biggest differences in the way I'm raising my kids versus the way I was raised is that I was on tour a lot," she explained of growing up the daughter of musician Lionel Richie. "I don't really do that with my kids. It's important to me that they have stability. I like them to be home."

But the couple have made sure to get in some adult time as well, with Joel posting "Good Morning Italy Damn you Klassy."

And his other leading lady, 5-year-old daughter, Harlow. "Following my heart," he captioned this sweet photo.

And "Portofino in Black & White" of his family frolicking in a Portofino park.

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