Portofino

I have been super excited to write this blog post since before we even officially booked anything. I have wanted to visit Portofino so badly since I was fourteen. The reason is kind of dorky but I am not ashamed!

Asos skirt, Storets top c/o, Illesteva sunglasses, Chloé bag, Aquazzura flats (currently on sale!)

When I was fourteen, my dad put me in charge of looking into hotels for our trip to Universal Studios in Orlando (I should have been a travel agent). I stumbled across images of their Portofino Bay Resort and immediately fell in love. We ended up spending a week there, and after my dad told me that the resort was based off of a real town in Italy, I knew I had to visit it.

Portofino is located in northern Italy along the Italian Riviera. I have been to the French Riviera many times and love it, and the Italian Riviera gave me a similar vibe. Then again, I knew I was going to love this city before I even visited it.

Tor and I took a 2-hour train from Milan to Rapallo (we took a Frecciabianca train and sat in first class, which I highly recommend). We then took a taxi into Portofino (about 15 minutes away) and arrived at our hotel – Belmond Splendido Mare (more on our hotel coming up in another post!).
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoonAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoonChampagne and berries awaited us in our room, which to our surprise had a gorgeous terrace overlooking the bay and town of Portofino.
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy Hotel Belmond Splendido MareAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy Hotel Belmond Splendido MareAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy Hotel Belmond Splendido MareAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy Hotel Belmond Splendido MareAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy Hotel Belmond Splendido MareAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy Hotel Belmond Splendido MareWe wasted no time in exploring the town. I skipped ahead of Tor many times, anxious to check out every corner of this precious little city by the bay. Laundry hung outside windows, kids were playing a game of tag by the boats, and everywhere I turned someone was gobbling a delicious gelato.
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoonAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoonAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoonAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoonWe grabbed a late lunch by the water, indulging in focaccia pizza and white wine. Focaccia and pesto originated in this region, so we only felt it was appropriate to enjoy some while we were there.
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoonBut dinner was the real star of the visit. Our hotel was kind enough to arrange dinner reservations at Restaurant Strainer at the other end of the bay with a gorgeous view of Portofino at dusk.
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoon Restaurant Strainer Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoon Restaurant Strainer I relied on TripAdvisor a lot during our Italian honeymoon, and this restaurant had high reviews based on one special dish – their truffle pasta. Freshly made pasta is tossed around a Parmesan cheese wheel to get it nice and cheesy before being plated. Then, a fresh black winter truffle is shaved on top along with fresh black pepper and voila, you have my favorite pasta dish from our trip!
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoon Restaurant Strainer Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoon Restaurant Strainer Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoon Restaurant Strainer Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoon Restaurant Strainer Like my style icon Kate Middleton, I like to research my looks so they pay homage to our destination in some way. Since Portofino is by the sea, I went with a nautical look for our first day there.
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoon I fell in love with this skirt the moment I saw it, and it’s under $70. And what better way to tie in a nautical outfit than a navy striped shirt?
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoon Asos denim skirt Storets Blair striped topAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoon Asos denim skirt Storets Blair striped topAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoon Asos denim skirt Storets Blair striped topAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoonAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Portofino Italy honeymoon

ASOS white denim skirt (similar here) // Illesteva sunglasses // Storets navy striped bow top ( similar here, here, and here) // CHLOÉ pink bag // Aquazzura white flats

 

There’s another Portofino post coming so stay tuned for more!

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19 Comments

  1. So, so beautiful! I am convinced I need to go to Portofino this summer so I’m excited to see the city through your lens. Can’t wait for the next post, too.

    xo Carlina
    allergictovanilla.com

    Posted 6.3.16 Reply
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      You must go! It was definitely one of my two favorite Italian cities we visited!

      Posted 6.9.16 Reply
  2. Penni Weston

    All the clothes and pictures are stunning. What a great honeymoon! Thanks for sharing with us.

    Posted 6.3.16 Reply
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      You’re welcome!

      Posted 6.9.16 Reply
  3. I love your posts and I enjoy to read about you honeymoon in Italy especially after enjoying your snapchats.
    Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful moments of your time in Italy!
    Can´t wait for your next post.
    XO Saskia
    PS: Hope you are feeling better!

    Posted 6.3.16 Reply
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      Thank you! On the mend and missing Italy but I love getting to share it all with you guys 🙂

      Posted 6.9.16 Reply
  4. Hi, Alyssa!
    I’ve always wanted to go to Italy but now I’m dying to go there!
    Thanks for sharing with us, everything is so beautiful and your outfit is amazing.
    All the love! xx yris

    Posted 6.3.16 Reply
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      I have always wanted to go to Italy too! My husband had been before but I never had (and I have Italian blood!). I obviously recommend it!

      Posted 6.9.16 Reply
  5. Gorgeous! I have visited Italy but have never been to Portofino before. It looks like the most charming and amazing place.
    You look perfect in the nautical look! I do the same thing when planning trips… I like my outfit to evoke the feeling of the city.

    That ASOS skirt just arrived in the mail today and I am so excited to wear it. It looks great on you!

    xo Bryn
    http://www.waketonroad.com

    Posted 6.4.16 Reply
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      Portofino is definitely charming! We thought it was a bit quieter than Positano. Cannot wait to see how you style the skirt! Seriously, isn’t it the best white skirt for summer? I am obsessed!

      Posted 6.9.16 Reply
  6. The pictures are stunning. That pasta looks fantastic. What a beautiful honeymoon!! Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Posted 6.4.16 Reply
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      The pasta was most definitely fantastic!!

      Posted 6.9.16 Reply
  7. Elena

    you’re beautiful and I love your style! I live in Italy (In Bergamo, it’s beautiful city!) and I hope to meet you one day!

    Baci, Elena

    Posted 6.4.16 Reply
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      Perhaps I will need to make a visit to Bergamo!

      Posted 6.9.16 Reply
  8. Absolutely stunning photos!

    It’s Me, Maggie | http://itsme-maggie.blogspot.com/

    Posted 6.5.16 Reply
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      Thank you! My husband took them 🙂

      Posted 6.9.16 Reply
  9. Beautiful post Alyssa! That outfit is perfection. These pictures make me excited to fly to Italy this summer!

    https://thefashionablephysician.wordpress.com

    Posted 6.11.16 Reply
  10. Beautiful pictures Alyssa! I think you chose the perfect outfit for the occasion. Th skrit, the shirt and your shoes make the perfect combiation. Love your style! Its super femmenine.

    Posted 6.25.16 Reply
  11. The skirt of yours looks so fabulous! Cheers!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply