PORTOFINO, ITALY BY SOPHIE LEE

A TRAVEL DIARY OF THE BEAUTIFUL SEASIDE TOWN OF PORTOFINO ON THE ITALIAN RIVIERA COASTLINE BY OUR FRIEND, WRITER AND ACTOR, SOPHIE LEE

A view of the picture-perfect Portofino coast. Clear skies, bright blue water and rolling green mountains A view of the picture-perfect Portofino coast. Clear skies, bright blue water and rolling green mountains
Anchored boats and colourful houses at the port of Portofino
The vibrant orange buildings of Vernazza
The vista of the Italian coastline – the mountains meet the sea and boats sail along the horizon The vista of the Italian coastline – the mountains meet the sea and boats sail along the horizon
Portofino, Italy – By Sophie Lee
Fishing nets hung across metal railings by the ocean at Camogli
A lone boat sits on the Mediterranean ocean A lone boat sits on the Mediterranean ocean
Where to Eat in Portofino: Tombarello Do Spadin – Seafood lunch and rosé; Da Puny – Try the house-made pappardelle; Taverna Del Marinaio – A local favourite for their antipasti
A blue sign sits outside a restaurant advertising a seafood lunch in Italian A blue sign sits outside a restaurant advertising a seafood lunch in Italian
The sun shines down on the docks and cobblestone square The sun shines down on the docks and cobblestone square
Watching the sun set over the horizon from the terrace at Hotel Splendido Watching the sun set over the horizon from the terrace at Hotel Splendido
Where to Swim in Portofino: San Fruttuoso – Arrive by boat or hike
Large rocks sit in the clear water of the Cinque Terre coastline
Sophie Lee sits in the shade at beachside restaurant, Da Giorgio, in San Fruttuoso  Sophie Lee sits in the shade at beachside restaurant, Da Giorgio, in San Fruttuoso
Where to Stay in Portofino: Belmond Hotel Splendido – Historic, hillside monastery
Looking through the trees out to Paraggi beach
A stone pathway leads through the lush green gardens at Hotel Splendido
The small beach of San Fruttuoso is filled with beach umbrellas and people sunbathing, swimming and chatting
The pool at Hotel Splendido sits amongst thick greenery on the side of a mountain and overlooks the deep blue Mediterranean  The pool at Hotel Splendido sits amongst thick greenery on the side of a mountain and overlooks the deep blue Mediterranean
Sophie Lee’s family sit on a bench outside the ‘Yacht Club Italiano’ Sophie Lee’s family sit on a bench outside the ‘Yacht Club Italiano’