The Italian Riveria

Exploring the Italian Riviera

If you love all things Italian as much as we do, why not take a visit to the Italian riviera during your next break away.

Exploring Northern Italy

Smeg constantly takes inspiration from its surroundings in Northern Italy. A couple of hours drive to the East of Guastalla, Smeg's HQ, is the scenic Italian Riviera. Spanning the French border across to Gulf of La Spezia, the coastal strip is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the authentic Italian way of life.

The Italian Riviera is charismatic, known for holding true to the traditional Italian values of enjoying good food and good company. It’s a more relaxed way of life, with the mild climate creating a less intense heat than comparible southern resorts.

One of the true delights of the northern coastline is the port town of Portofino, an hour from the city of Genoa. Its relaxed way of life and scenery has made Portofino a popular tourist destination.

Portofino: An Inspired Fishing Village

A small town, Portofino is centred around its beautiful harbour. Layers of buildings create a feel that you are looking down on the port, allowing for stunning views. The harbour is not just an aesthetic spot - its fishing industry remains at the heart of its economy.

Many of Portofino’s historical landmarks are associated to the village’s strong religious beliefs, with numerous gothic churches and Oratory’s. Perhaps most famous is the Statue of Christ of the Abyss. Standing 17 metres underwater, it was placed to protect fishermen following the death of a diver. Visitors to Portofino can dive to the Christ of the Abyss for a quite moving experience.

As with any rustic Italian village, Portofino has an affinity with good food. Pesto originates from the Italian Riviera, using fresh basil leaves and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese to create a delicious blend. As a harbour town, unsurprisingly fresh fish is a popular choice within the restaurants that adorn the harbour side. Grilled bass and sea bream are noted as particularly enjoyable. A signature dish is Seafood Portofino, a linguine with a white wine sauce and seafood including shrimp, mussels and scallops.

Portofino By Smeg

Our love of beautiful Portofino has culminated in the design of a new aesthetic line of professional range cookers – cooking beautiful food at its very best. The bright colours take inspiration from the village, from the yellow resembling the harbour side architecture and olive green from neighbouring Tuscany.

Portofino is one of northern Italy’s greatest destinations to sit back and admire the traditional Italian way of life, a welcome contrast to the hustle and bustle of the major cities. Why not pay a visit to Portofino during your next trip to Italy? You'll see just how it inspired us. Promise.