From its breathtaking architecture & its wealth of history to the most delicate pasta and unforgettable gelato–Italy is one of the most romantic countries to visit, and the beautiful city of Portofino is at the heart of the romance! Recently, Michael and I enJOYed a visit to Portofino, and it absolutely stole our hearts!

Where to stay?

Hotel Splendido and Hotel Splendido Mare. Michael and I had an “ooopsie daisies!” moment when checking into Hotel Splendido Mare as we were not aware that there are two Splendido hotels in Portofino when we booked our stay. This happy accident introduced us to the cozy atmosphere of Hotel Splendido Mare, which is located in the center of town directly on the harbor! Both hotels are Belmond properties and both offer a beautiful and different array of charm! However, if you’re wanting a more upscale setting overlooking Portofino, book Hotel Splendido–it’s absolutely stunning. Regardless of where you stay, both are must-sees!

What to do?

Michael & I have a tradition of collecting artwork when traveling overseas and discovered the most charming gallery located directly on the harbor in Portofino–Galleria d’art Portofino. This gallery was filled with the most beautiful settings portraying Portofino, and we fell in love with a painting that perfectly captured our stay!

Hike to Castle Brown. This brief hike is worth the uphill climb as the castle is neat, but the views of Portofino and the harbor are absolutely breathtaking! Great photo ops (see pic above)!

The spa at Hotel Splendido. After your hike to Castle Brown, retreat to Hotel Splendido’s spa for the ultimate R&R!

Chiesa di S. Giorgio is a beautiful, bright yellow and richly decorated church that is a quick walk from the center of town.

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Where to eat?

Kick off your evening with a cocktail at the super stylish cocktail bar at Belmond Hotel Splendido!

Da Puny. Nestled in the heart of the harbor, dine outside on the terrace and make sure you don’t miss out on the homemade pappardelle doused with tomato & pesto. Perhaps one of the best pasta dishes that I’ve ever had!_JTR6616

La Terrazza located at Belmond Hotel Splendido is truly “splendido!” Request a table on the terrace and enJOY a more formal dinner while overlooking the bay.

I hope this helps anyone interested in planning a trip to Portofino! I’d love to hear your favorite spots!

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