The colorful harbor of Portovenere.
When Mark O’Connell pulled into Portovenere on the custom-built, 177-foot superyacht Maridome, the photographer did what he always does. “I went on a little shoot,” says the Royal Air Force trained photographer. What immediately caught his eye was the picturesque harbor lined with brightly colored buildings; storefronts touting their wares on the water’s edge. In the foreground, tenders bobbed languidly while waiting for their owners to fetch foccacia or a farinata as a snack.
Situated on the Gulf of Poets, Portovenere—named after Venus or a hermit monk, or both—is a springtime magnet for Italians and the international boating community. Among its many charms, it features a rugged promontory protruding into the sea like a huge stone ship, and, of course, the tall colorful buildings. “I love all the colors,” says O’Connell. “Portofino is very similar, but it’s the way they color the whole town like that it’s pretty amazing—I wish more people did it in other cities.” —