Snapshot! – Portofino, Italy
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and vacation resort famous for its picturesque harbour. It is located in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. The town is clustered around its small harbour, and is known for the colourfully painted buildings that line the shore. Nearby beaches include Paraggi, Camogli, Chiavari, Lavagna, and Sestri Levante. Italy offers so many enchanted places to see. The beauty and Culture is warm and inviting. With its natural splendor and lovely sights, Portofino makes having a perfect day a rather easy and exceedingly fulfilling endeavour.
Next to the harbor are a number of lovely narrow streets perfect for leisurely strolls past Portofino’s pretty little pastel-colored homes and quaint churches. Portofino’s town center, Piazza Martiri dell’Olivetta, offers first-rate shops that are very suitable for window-shopping. Enjoy exquisite local cuisine, and have a glass of wine or two to perfectly recalibrate your spirit to the Portofino way of life. This is foodie heaven! Portofino food is made from the simplest ingredients, but in such a way to exalt individual flavors. The most typical ingredients come from its land and seas: local fish, forest mushrooms, nuts, and herbs.
Being the home of basil pesto, Portofino makes some similar, equally delightful sauces, like a walnut pesto used for specifically for ravioli and made from walnut, herbs, and cheese. Another local sauce is called salsa verde, made from parsley and pine nuts and exquisite when used as a topping for beef or veal. Portofino’s zuppa di pesce, a peasant fish stew, filled with local fresh fish and a secret mixture of spices, is a popular recipe for experiencing the very fresh local seafood. Fresh mussels are excellent served alla marinara (steamed in parsley, lemon and olive oil), and prawns and crayfish work their way into exquisite recipes at most restaurants. Portofino cuisine is best enjoyed with the local wine, including Sciacchetra, an unusually fragrant wine produced from the vines of Cinque Terre.
But it’s not just about food. Walking alongside the beautiful blue ocean you will pass some of the loveliest and most exotic flora and the region’s grandest villas. The castle, past the lighthouse is the Church of San Giorgio. This site is particularly interesting because it is built on top of a Roman temple honoring the Persian god Mithras. (The view of Portofino from the temple grounds is also impressive). If you really want to stretch your legs, a longer hike through the exotic Monte Portofino Promontory will bring you to the 10th-century Abbey of San Fruttuoso. This journey takes about two hours but is well worth it for the scenic beauty.
Portofino is also a famous hub for yachts and sailboats exploring Liguria’s scenic jagged coastline. You can easily rent your vessel of choice. Swimming and sunbathing are especially delightful at both its private and public beach clubs, particularly because of the region’s striking sea beds. Private beaches offer a variety of water sports like windsurfing, kayaking, and jet skiing. Portofino offers tennis, bike riding, fishing, and a world-class golf course .
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