As our long but picturesque drive through the centre of Northern Italy drew to a close, the roads became increasingly narrow, hugging the breathtaking coastline and winding around quaint villages and pastel coloured buildings. Vintage scooters whizzed past us as we negotiated tight corners and skimmed past large buses, trying to steal a glance at every opportunity.
Situated just 5km south of Santa Margherita, we had arrived in one of the world’s most alluring and iconic destinations, Portofino. There’s no denying the appeal of Portofino, the beautiful scenery and pastel hued harbour have turned this elegant port into a haven for jet-setters, high-flyers and celebrities, as evidenced by the flotillas of giant yachts usually anchored just outside. Tucked away in a protected alcove, the port is surrounded by lush olive-clad slopes and turquoise water reaching out to where the sea meets the sky.