A POSTCARD FROM PORTOFINO

This seaside village is home to all things luxe and within our short time here, we felt as though we'd truly glimpsed la dolce vita!

We arrived at the port for a day trip last summer and instantly found ourselves in one of our all time favourite places. Even the most picturesque of photographs cannot do justice to this town. We’ll never forget our first breathtaking look at the vibrant villas cascading down the mountain as we entered the bay via ferry. We immediately took to the narrow streets and were in complete awe as we got lost in the backstreets, window-shopping countless boutique stores (boasting both local and familiar names)! By lunchtime the overwhelming scent of local pizzerias cooking up a storm led us back to the main esplanade. Needless to say, if you love shopping, Italian food and epic views this is the perfect holiday destination for you!

One absolute must do while you're in Portofino is to embark on the trek up to Castello Brown, where you'll be treated to not only the decadent interiors of the historic castle but also the best (€5) vantage of Portofino in town!

Next time, we’ll be back for more than one day! X

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We travelled to Portofino via ferry from the nearby town of Rapallo. The ferry route follows the Golfo del Tigullio, the iconic coastline home to so many stunning towns of the Italian Riviera. If you take this same route, you'll be treated to Santa Margherita Ligure's stunning beachfront, as photographed below! 

Our only regret was not making it to San Fruttuoso, another picture perfect town located the next ferry stop over from Portofino. Unfortunately, on the day we had intended to travel there the ferry service was unavailable due to wet weather. Ensure you keep that in mind and have a Plan B! 

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RAPALLO

For a more affordable travel option (plus the opportunity to see even more), we'd suggest staying in the nearby town of Rapallo. We stayed at Hotel Stella and treated ourselves to some wine and cheese a little too regularly on the gorgeous rooftop! This town is the perfect place to stay while having the option of day trips to Santa Margherita Ligure, San Fruttuoso and of course, Portofino. 

Rapallo also has some charm of it's own and provides for the convenience and ease of a bigger city. We'd recommend setting aside at least a day or two to explore this city for local markets, a vibrant nightlife and seaside cocktails. This was the perfect Plan B on our rainy day!

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