02 Sep GLASS MAGAZINE – “GLASS STAYS AT THE SPLENDID BELMOND SPLENDIDO, PORTOFINO”
September 2019 – Glass stays at the splendid Belmond Splendido, Portofino – Portofino, 2019 – of Rachel Spencer – GLASS MAGAZINE
I walked to the “Al Faro Lounge Bar”, the Portofino Lighthouse Lounge Bar (roughly 45 minutes from the hotel), where a well-earned Italian aperitivo is enjoyed as I basked in the surrounding beauty. I was told I may spot a pod of dolphins swimming near the coast, but unfortunately I was not so lucky on that occasion.
On a morning excursion, a winding (and slightly exhilarating) drive upwards from the hotel led me towards the precipice of one mountain in particular. There I met Umberto, the agriculturist frontman of La Portafenese Group, who created the step like vineyards and terraces that now nestle into the mountainside on high over a five-year period of presumably hard endeavours. As I take a deep breath up at these heights, the air is crisper and the view even more astounding. Home-made focaccia, pecorino, parmesan and cherries was delectably paired with the group’s local produce of honey, beer and wine. This was an idyllic and all-encompassing tasting of the Verminto and Bosco fruits from the harvest.
Photo credit: Belmond Hotel Splendido