I meant to post this post sooner but I just got a new computer which meant basically transferring absolutely everything from the old guy to the new guy, so I’m sorry for this post delay! As you can tell, I’m still pretty obsessed with Portofino and had to split our 3-day visit into two posts instead of one.
As I mentioned in my last post, we stayed at the Belmond Splendido Mare. There aren’t a lot of hotels in Portofino, as Portofino is not a big town. The Belmond actually has two hotels in Portofino – the Splendido and the Splendido Mare.
Splendido is located on a hilltop overlooking the bay and town of Portofino (and has hosted guests like the Duke of Windsor and Elizabeth Taylor), whereas Splendido Mare is located right in the town itself. Since it was our first visit to Portofino, we chose to stay at Splendido Mare (it also made it easier getting back to our room after a few nights of too much wine!).
We started our morning with a delicious breakfast of eggs with herbs on toast, freshly squeezed juices, fruit, coffee (and hot chocolate for this girl), and freshly baked breads.
We decided to head up to the main Belmond Splendido hotel for lunch overlooking the bay. You can either get there by a shuttle from the Splendido Mare hotel or via a scenic 10-minute walk through the hills. We opted for the walk, of course! Portofino is so beautiful, it doesn’t even need the sun. Our second day started cloudy and a little drizzly but that didn’t stop us.
We stopped to take pics pretty much every 2 feet on our walk because it really was scenic (so it took us a bit more than 10 minutes!).
For lunch, besides more wine and a view to die for, Tor and I shared a delicious appetizer of marinated shrimp before ordering our own separate pasta dishes – shrimp and tomato risotto for me and pasta in a pesto-tomato sauce (must recreate that at home!) for Tor.
After lunch, we explored the grounds a bit. This hotel and it’s grounds are basically my dream home and backyard. There were so many flower beds of different flowers (and different colors!) that made me squeal with glee.
It was only appropriate for me to wear this floral romper from Zimmermann. I’m a HUGE fan of Zimmermann (there’s another Zimmermann look coming up in another Italy post), especially the patterns. I paired the look with Marc Fisher’s “Fawn” sandals as well as the Eugenia Kim boater hat I had been obsessing over the whole trip.
I wish I stayed in Portofino longer than 3 days (the blog posts would have been never-ending!), but it was time to move on to our next destination – Florence! Stay tuned for my first of two Florence posts….