Tuesday, 2 July 2013

One Night in Portofino

We drove from Como to Portofino and as we were entering this beautiful seaside town a queue of traffic started to form. We were a few cars behind the first.  An Italian policewomen walked up to each car and questioned every one of us of our destination.

"Where are you heading to?" she asked.
"Portofino" Saad replied
"Parking in Portofino is full, no one is allowed to enter the town at this time. It's a very busy weekend" she informed us.
"But we have a hotel reservation, we are sleeping there tonight"
"Ok, in that case wait a minute"

Queue to get into Portofino

She walked back to her colleagues and after a few finger pointing to our car someone beckoned us to skip the queue and drive pass the traffic right into town. Bouncers at town doors? It's like trying to get in a club in London. As we entered the town we noticed there were more and more expensive cars and limousines. We started to wonder if Portofino is always like this or was it just this particular weekend?

We finally found our hotel that was nestled on the side of a hill over looking the sea. Portofino is so tiny and have very limited hotels. Of course the most famous hotel in Portofino is the Splendido but who the hell wants to spend 800euros a night? Luckily I managed to find a great hotel that was just a 5 mins walk from the Splendido at just 250euros a night. (I highly recommend this hotel if you are ever planing a trip here). If you have difficulty booking somewhere in Portofino, a lot of people end up staying in the neighbouring town St Margarita (10 mins drive away) that has more hotel options.

The hotel's sun lounge area

Our bedroom and balcony in the hotel

Our hotel in the centre of the photo, and up higher in the hills is the Splendido where we had dinner

For dinner we had reservations in the Terrace restaurant at Splendido Hotel. This restaurant is renowned for its breath taking views and true to its name, it took my breath away. It is possibly one of the most romantic places I've had dinner. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is great too. We sat outside on the terrace under candlelight, feeling a light summer breeze, listening to live piano and jazz, and watching the moon light reflecting in the dark sea in front of us. And before you think it sounds too romantic or boring, it really is not. The crowd is buzzing and loud, everyone is just having a great old time. I felt like I was at Gatsby's dinner party. It turns out Bulgari were hosting a party that weekend in this hotel, so I needn't say that a lot of women were sparkling that night.

The Terrace Restauant @ Hotel Splendido

Our view at dinner

Dinner for two
Moonlight reflecting in the water

Full moon
We had been craving pasta for a week. The week before we started doing the no carbs diet, so by the time we got to Portofino we desperately wanted pasta. After spending 15 minutes looking at the menu we decided that we didn't care about the meat course and was just going to order 3 different types of pasta dishes between us. So here they are....

our only starter
Spaghettie with tuna roe and fish flakes
Pesto: The speciality of the region
Cappucino mouse dessert

The next morning we woke up with a rounded belly. So we went for a long walk around town.

My feet started to feel un comfortable in the heat in my ballerinas so I went and bought these new sandals from Emanuela Caruso. Do you like them? I've never heard of the brand before but they have super adorable sandals that look glam and elegant. I got the white one but they come in so many different shapes and colours. You can find a similar one here.

Unfortunately we only had time for 1 day in Portofino, but I fell in love with the scenery so much that I am sure I will return again and next time explore surrounding towns and coast lines. It is only a 2 hour drive from Milan so it really isn't that difficult to get to from London.

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  1. Dear Julia - Very nice - I also like to Eat Fly and then Fornicate... I need some advice - where can I find love? I am looking in all the wrong places...I am very good at eating and flying. Thank you

  2. Thank you Rosie! I looove your blog!! xx