Power & Motor Yacht - - IN THIS ISSUE - Simon Mur­ray

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.” —

Photo by Mark O’Connell

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