So, welcome to my beloved trip to Portofino, an extremely alluring little village that was able to absolutely conquer my entire heart.
This breathtaking Spring getaway has been, for a very long time now, an important little dot on my bucket list so you can imagine how excited I was when I knew that was about to live one of the most wonderful experiences ever. Portofino is a small fishing village on the Italian Riviera with rows of houses painted in bright colors around a bay, surrounded by fresh and extremely vivid vegetation. It has a stunning personality and because of it, it is considered to be a very little small and luxurious meeting point for lovers of nature and sea. There, and if you have a thing for Fashion and Gastronomy, you will definitely love the Dior and Louis Vuitton stores and traditional restaurantes that are simply there, as an aesthetically important element of that frame.
My second day was mainly embraced by stay at La Spezia, at The Poet Hotel, a place reflects youth and has a certain Cool factor to it. Due to its tranquility and comfort, I was able to avoid the most touristic and crowded areas and then follow along with my schedule. On my agenda I had a 5 minutes walk to the train station, where I was supposed to jump right in and explore the small picturesque villages. That are five and they go by the name of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. These five little cities across the scarfs are finishing villages that are enriched by their colourful houses, small anchored boats across the ports, magnificent ocean views and absolutely priceless sunsets.
Monterosso Al Mare is the only village with a, well, actual beach. Unfortunately, and due to the moody weather, I wasn’t able to see the colorful and playful sunshades that are extremely common around this time of the year. We decided to take that opportunity and go for a traditional gelato, which I may admit, didn’t bummed me up at all.
Vernazza is known for Castello Doria, a strong and visually impactful fortress with a very cozy picturesque port. I went to the castle for a panoramic view of Vernazza.
Corrigia is located high at the edge of the cliff with the most amazing views of the national park.To actually make it to the top you need to take a bus, or just keep in mind that the route includes climbing up over 350 stairs – which sounds incredible amazing and liberating, but thanks to permanent cold and rain, we ended up being obliged to prefer the bus. Apart of the rain, we were able to relish over pasta with seafood, a most needed moment of pure appreciation.
Manarola’s charm lies in its magnificent panoramic view of the city, which can be seen from the villages high altitudes. In my humble opinion, it is the most beautiful village of them all since it is where is located the Nessun Restaurant, a place where you can relax and ask for the famous Aperol Spritz.
Riomaggiore was a marvellous surprise. It is filled with small restaurants, picturesque alleys, and the port area is simply astonishing. It is incredibly fun to go to the port at the down or sunset, grab a spot at the pier or the rocks surrounding the harbor, and watch the sun behind the colorful buildings that sort wraps up the entire village. Definitely, the coziest one.