“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” - Gustav Flaubert
This summer we got to visit some incredible places and one of them was Portofino, Italy. I have been obsessing over this little pescatarian town for a little over 2 years now. Back in April, we were still researching and pondering where to go. We knew for sure we wanted to go to Europe, and Italy has always been in the back of our minds; One day I suggested: "How about Portofino?" My husband immediately agreed and we added it to our itinerary.
Portofino is a highly touristic area and prices are on the upper range compared to places like Rapallo. Italians understand that tourism is an essential part of their economy and they leverage it as much as possible. Despite the prices, it is just as magical as a non-touristy part of Italy. Just like Monaco, the town is completely surrounded by mountains which offer incredible hiking trails by the mediterranean. The sea is as blue as it gets and boats are visible from every angle of the town. The boats pick up and drop off tourists, a common practice in the mediterranean. These are known as boat taxis, which are very popular in Europe specially Venice. Even with all of the tourism, the town is quiet and peaceful. This particular day the sun shone brighter and hotter than a typical Spring day in New England.
We walked by the water while waiters served champagne and a wide variety of cheeses to Americans who sat by the water. I heard them speaking English and got so excited! We decided to do the same and sit by the boats, in order to soak it all in. The water made the paddles inside the boats move which makes an identifiable and extremely relaxing water noise. We proceeded to our hike of the day. We first saw Church of Saint George and then turn around and saw all of Portofino. The hiking trails brought us all the way to the light house and back. We could observe unleveled Italian backyards where several people farmed their little piece of land by the water. It was unlike anything I had ever seen. We continued our hike which took us right to the light house (Faro di Portofino) at the very edge of the coast. (Photo credit: Gioffa)
We walked our way back to Portofino where we ate the most delicious chocolate gelato. Older women sold embroidered Italian pieces in an outdoor market set up right outside the restaurants. It was so beautiful and pleasing to the eyes, truly out of a painting. It was time to head back to the hotel and get ready for dinner at Baya Del Silencio which I will be sharing with you on my next Italy post.
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