Honeymoon Chic: Portofino and the Italian Riviera
Contributed by: Tia Meredith
The Italian Riviera, a place where old world meets new world-ritziness, is one of the preferred Italy honeymoon destinations for those seeking exclusivity and charm. Also known as The Ligurian coast, it rests between the Ligurian Sea and the mountain chain formed by the Maritime Alps. Its center is Genoa that divides the Riviera into two main sections: the Riviera di Ponente (“the coast of the setting sun”) and the Riviera di Levante (“the coast of the rising sun”). Still, the jewel of the Italian Riviera remains that of Portofino. A playground for the rich, famous, and fabulously chic since the late 19th century, the former fishing village remains one of the most exclusive locations on the Ligurian coast and therefore the perfect backdrop for an Italian Riviera honeymoon.
Portofino is a honeymoon opportunity like no other with its shoreline of sparkling blue waters and slopes filled with flowers. Located east of Genoa, this village sits on a rocky peninsula with its cluster of orange and pink buildings that are backed by hills covered in pines, palms, azaleas and cypresses. So beautiful and so discreet, celebrity rock stars Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroegar recently honeymooned there, while model Kate Moss and Jamie Hince docked their yacht and spent some time on shore for their Italy honeymoon. Additionally, many of northern Italy’s wealthy elite own villas in Portofino, making this a low-key but glamorous destination.
Filled with summer yachts and the odd fishing boat and fringed with cafes and restaurants, the harbor is the little hub of village life in Portofinio. Walking about, you will find its brick-lined paths in the slopes above the harbor that wind you through flowery vegetation to the church of San Giorgio, the Castello Brown, and a fortress dating from the 16th century. Another great stop is at the Museodel Parco, a terraced sculpture garden overlooking the harbor and filled with modern artworks. However, for a different experience away from the town, try a private tour to Cinque Terre. On this Portofino tour, you will explore the beautiful coastline of Cinque Terre and the villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola. You will also travel by boat to Vernazza and check out Moterosso for its historic center while ending your day with a Schiacchetra wine tasting.
The luxury hotels in Portofino complete your chic honeymoon experience. The Hotel Splendido, one of Italy’s finest hotels, is set in a former monastery just above the village. Complete with fabulous views and heated saltwater infinity pool, it guarantees a feeling of timeless luxury. To add some romance to your night’s stay, have a candlelit meal on a patio overlooking Portofino Bay at La Terrazza. A top rated Portofino restaurant, try munching sea bream with potatoes, black olives and pine nuts under a star filled sky.
For honeymooners who are looking for something closer to a vibrant local scene than the Splendido hotel Portofino, try its sister property, Splendido Mare. Located beside the Piazetta, it is one of the best hotels in Portofino and is ideal for those wanting the amenities of Hotel Splendido but a little more action. For some late night romance at this hotel, try sampling a “Tintoretto” (a cocktail made of pomegranate and spumante) under the light of the moon at Chuflay, an exclusive bar at Splendido Mare. Still not what you’re looking for? Try another one of Italy’s romantic hotels in the Italian Riviera, the Grand Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita Ligure. It is an elegant historical hotel in an art-nouveau building that provides stunning views of the sea and garden.
Portofino and the Italian Riviera offer a spectacular and exclusive experience for your honeymoon destination. Its unforgettable coastline and picturesque harbor attracts the elite year after year. A destination where you may see celebrities yachting nearby or walking through its winding streets, it is a glitzy destination that still holds onto a traditional feel. Romance, privacy and exclusivity are just part of what you can experience on a honeymoon to Portofino and the Italian Riviera. For more honeymoon ideas on what to experience in Portofino, contact Travel2Italy’s consultants. Unlike typical Italy honeymoon packages, these experts will assist you in creating a chic honeymoon in Italy.