Path To Portofino

TRAVEL DIARIES : REBECCA HESSEL COHEN

Travel I Path to Portofino. Location I Positano, Italy.

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My husband and I recently took a little baby moon before our second daughter arrives in November. We are taking our 2 year old daughter on a two week trip to Europe with friends in early August, so we decided to do a quick romantic getaway just the two of us. We went to Italy for 7 days and it was heavenly. Here are a few of my tips.

We land in Milan after a sleepless flight from JFK (too many good movies on the plane), rent a convertible, and drive 2 and a half hours to Portofino. With our suitcases strapped into the backseat, music blasting, roof down, cruising through the beautiful Italian landscape, we are off on our adventure!

We land in Milan after a sleepless flight from JFK (too many good movies on the plane), rent a convertible, and drive 2 and a half hours to Portofino. With our suitcases strapped into the backseat, music blasting, roof down, cruising through the beautiful Italian landscape, we are off on our adventure!

We arrive at Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy. As we imagined, the hotel, the pasta and pizza, are just beyond incredible. Sitting on the terrace by the pool, and enjoying the gorgeous views and the mouth-watering pesto pasta, is priceless. Our room has this beautiful balcony, and we have the most lavish room service for breakfast every day. There is nothing better than an over-the-top breakfast when you travel! You spend your days relaxing by the beautiful pool and staring at the breathtaking scenery of Portofino. The hotel is an elegant, old 16th century monastery; it's very old world and you know that not much has changed in this glamorous Italian setting.

We arrive at Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy. As we imagined, the hotel, the pasta and pizza, are just beyond incredible. Sitting on the terrace by the pool, and enjoying the gorgeous views and the mouth-watering pesto pasta, is priceless. Our room has this beautiful balcony, and we have the most lavish room service for breakfast every day. There is nothing better than an over-the-top breakfast when you travel! You spend your days relaxing by the beautiful pool and staring at the breathtaking scenery of Portofino. The hotel is an elegant, old 16th century monastery; it's very old world and you know that not much has changed in this glamorous Italian setting.

Portofino is this amazing little sleepy village; it's so quaint and charming. It's the perfect destination to escape the city for a few days of relaxation, eating, and drinking. There are some great high-end boutiques and a few cute, authentic Italian stores. I found some adorable little bohemian cotton and lace dresses to bring back for my daughter, and a few great linens. Walking around the village is magical and hiking up to the cliffs is a sight to see!

Portofino is this amazing little sleepy village; it's so quaint and charming. It's the perfect destination to escape the city for a few days of relaxation, eating, and drinking. There are some great high-end boutiques and a few cute, authentic Italian stores. I found some adorable little bohemian cotton and lace dresses to bring back for my daughter, and a few great linens. Walking around the village is magical and hiking up to the cliffs is a sight to see!

Da Puny in town, and La Terraza at Splendido.

Da Puny in town, and La Terraza at Splendido.

After 3 days in Portofino we set off for Hotel Il Pelicano in Porto Ercole. On our drive we stop at an adorable little beach town, Forte Dei Marmi. I love its elegant simplicity, one of my favorite places from our trip. Ristorante L'orsa Maggiore and its beach club are heavenly. Sip espressos on the beach and eat the most magnificent lunch at their beach club restaurant. After a long lunch, browse the cute little shops around town - they have everything. Everyone rides bikes around; it's absolutely charming and beachy.

After 3 days in Portofino we set off for Hotel Il Pelicano in Porto Ercole. On our drive we stop at an adorable little beach town, Forte Dei Marmi. I love its elegant simplicity, one of my favorite places from our trip. Ristorante L'orsa Maggiore and its beach club are heavenly. Sip espressos on the beach and eat the most magnificent lunch at their beach club restaurant. After a long lunch, browse the cute little shops around town - they have everything. Everyone rides bikes around; it's absolutely charming and beachy.

Of course on our drive from Forte to Il Pelicano (about 2 and a half hours) our adorable little Audi convertible breaks down. My Husband tries replacing the tire, but the spare tire is also busted. With no cell reception, no one stopping to help us, bugs eating us alive, and being 5 months pregnant and starving, it's not a pretty sight! At the same time I am still enjoying the gorgeous scenery because even though we are stopped on the side of the highway, it's the most incredible highway you've ever seen! The moon is starting to come out, the farmlands are beautifully lit, and I'm just taking it all in. We finally charge our phones enough to organize a car service and help to pick up our broken care, and 4 hours later we arrive at Il Pelicano in time for dinner at 10:00 pm. Still in our bathing suits and dreaming about our day in Forte Dei Marmi, we quickly change and enjoy a beautiful dinner under the stars.

Il Pelicano is an absolute Tuscan dream. We bask in the sun and sea for three beautiful days. The hotel has been around for nearly 50 years, a big summer home for the fashion crowd. It's a bit like camp for adults now, a beautiful escape. You can take paddle boards out on the sea, float on a raft, or take a boat ride to see the surrounding villages. Definitely book a massage and shop in the hotel's boutique - they carry amazing brands, like Lisa Marie Fernandez, Erez, Missoni, and much more. Definitely buy the book on Il Pelicano, it's incredible.

You barely need to leave this magical setting. It's all about the delicious Italian wine, amazing company, a great book, and incredible food.

xx

Rebecca