A Splash of Porto Venere
Island creatures like me who were born near the sea naturally gravitate towards bodies of water to reconnect, resynchronize and recharge. In addition to providing a spiritual elixir, the beach or coastal seaside town is awash with endless inspiration when it comes to light, color, texture and atmosphere. As some of you may know, my husband hails from Liguria, where favorite seaside towns like Cinque Terre, Camogli and the impossibly posh Paragi and Portofino are situated. Over the past decade, I’ve become familiar with Porto Venere, which is a short car ride from where my hubby grew up. Porto Venere, one of three small villages that dot the “Gulf of Poets”, a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, is adored for its breathtaking sea, picturesque town lined with multicolor palazzos, the San Pietro church that sits majestically on a cliff overlooking the gulf, spaghetti ai muscoli (one of its signature dishes), and most of all, its unpolished authenticity. When I was “packing” for this style dispatch, I reminisced on how I’ve lived past holidays immersed in its charm. From layouts on rock beaches, to enjoying vibrant beach umbrella life at a local beach club, to hikes up along the coast, my memories are filled with warmth, refreshing breezes and mist, shimmery reflections and utter joy. I hope that the looks that I share here reflect these emotions and inspire your suitcases for your own seaside holidays. Ciao Bella!