What is this? Italy?
Nope. It’s North Wales.
You’d be forgiven for the mistake; Portmerion village is a collection of brightly colored houses and grottos modeled after the Italian town of Portofino. Walking around was bizarre and delightful. My sense of place was definitely thrown off-balance, and I loved it.
Like Portofino, Portmerion is perched along the sea, affording stunning views. Maybe even more importantly, it has gelato, just like its Italian counterpart.