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PortofinoItaly

Feel as if you’ve stumbled onto a vintage Technicolor film set. You might even experience the jet set lifestyle.

Indulge your celebrity fantasies in the classic fishing village of Portofino, known world-wide as an A-list vacation spot. It’s popular with VIPs, but feels secluded because of its position on the tip of the coastline in front of rising hills. Walk along the promenade around the harbor. View the brightly colored buildings on the waterfront. Browse chic boutiques, sip local wine and dine on the region’s finest seafood and olives in a terrace bar as you watch activity around the little bay.

Portofino remains a small fishing village, but has had a celebrity sheen ever since it became a high-profile vacation spot in the 19th century. It was a fixture on the jet set itineraries of the ‘50s and ‘60s and hasn’t lost its appeal in its transition to a modern resort town. Here, small terrace restaurants serve the crowds of travelers who have come to admire this Ligurian gem. A tiny square on the waterfront called the “Piazzetta” lies in front of the boats that bob around while moored in the bay.

As well as being a glamorous holiday location, the town has the typical attractions of a regional village. Visit atmospheric old churches including San Martino and San Giorgio. One of Portofino’s iconic sights is Castello Brown, which allows breathtaking views of the little town from up on the hill. If you’d like to get out of town, explore the thick vegetation of the Portofino Regional Nature Park which starts behind the town’s pastel buildings. See the classic little white lighthouse, Il Faro, which is accessible on foot.

A short boat ride away is the more isolated San Fruttuoso Bay. Rent gear to go diving and see the original of the famous submerged statue of Jesus, the Christ of the Abyss.

Drive your sports car to Portofino via the road from San Margherita or travel like a real superstar and arrive by yacht.

Top hotels in Portofino

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Belmond Hotel Splendido
Belmond Hotel Splendido
5 out of 5
Salita Baratta 16, Portofino, GE
The price is £494 per night from 11 Oct to 12 Oct

This family-friendly Portofino hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Church of St. Martin and Portofino Marina. Castello Brown and Paraggi ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)

"Great as usual. Thank you for the excellent service, especially from the front desk, Florence."…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019

Belmond Hotel Splendido
Hotel Nazionale Portofino
Hotel Nazionale Portofino
3 out of 5
Vico Dritto, 3, Portofino
The price is £169 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps away from Portofino Regional Park and Portofino Marina. San Fruttuoso Abbey is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (69 reviews)
A room with a view!

"Location could not be better, right in the heart of Portofino. Few rooms have a view to the front, but worth paying extra for that. Rooms are spacious, spotless, and in good condition. Plenty of toiletries etc. We had everything we needed. Staff kind and helpful. A little noisy - it is right on the ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2019

Hotel Nazionale Portofino
Hotel Eden Portofino
Hotel Eden Portofino
3 out of 5
via Dritto 20, Portofino, GE
The price is £148 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Situated in Portofino, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Portofino Marina and Castello Brown. Paraggi Beach and San Fruttuoso Abbey are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (97 reviews)

"The staff was welcoming and friendly. The hotel was quiet but in a great location."…"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2019

Hotel Eden Portofino

Top Holiday Rentals in Portofino

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Altido La Finestra Sulla Piazzetta a Portofino
Altido La Finestra Sulla Piazzetta a Portofino
Piazza Martiri dell'Olivetta, 59, Portofino, Liguria

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps away from Portofino Regional Park and Portofino Marina. Castello Brown and Spiaggia dell' Olivetta ...

Altido La Finestra Sulla Piazzetta a Portofino
Altido Stylish Seaview Apartment in Portofino
Altido Stylish Seaview Apartment in Portofino
Calata Marconi, 30, 2, Portofino

Located in the heart of Portofino, this apartment building is steps away from Portofino Regional Park and Portofino Marina. San Fruttuoso Abbey is 2.9 mi (4.6 ...

Altido Stylish Seaview Apartment in Portofino
Altido Unbelievable GuestHouse
Altido Unbelievable GuestHouse
Viale Baratta, 2, Portofino

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Portofino Regional Park and Portofino Marina. San Fruttuoso Abbey is 3 mi (4.9 ...

Altido Unbelievable GuestHouse

Popular places to visit in Portofino

Castello Brown
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Castello Brown

5/5(11 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Portofino when you stop by Castello Brown. Wander through the seaside and beautiful beaches in this trendy area.

Aquarium of Genoa
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Aquarium of Genoa

4.5/5(25 reviews)

Discover the weird and wonderful creatures of the deep at one of Europe’s largest aquariums, where sharks, manatees, penguins and a myriad of tropical fish await.

Bay of Silence
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Bay of Silence

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Bay of Silence, a popular beach in Sestri Levante. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Old Port
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Old Port

4.5/5(84 reviews)

Venture into this thriving and culturally rich area of Genoa to discover splendid museums, a bustling harbor and a leisurely atmosphere. 

Piazza de Ferrari
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Piazza de Ferrari

4/5(71 reviews)

Stroll past the quaint shops and cafés that line the narrow alleys leading to Genoa’s main square then visit the historic buildings surrounding it.

Palazzo Ducale
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Palazzo Ducale

4.5/5(43 reviews)

Inspect the fabulous frescoes and chandeliers and climb the tower to see the former secret jail that detained renowned inmates.

Top things to do in Portofino

Genoa Walking Tour & Cruise to Portofino from Genoa
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Genoa Walking Tour & Cruise to Portofino from Genoa

£81
Per adult
Snorkel Tour in Paraggi Bay
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Snorkel Tour in Paraggi Bay

£32
Per adult
Best of Portofino: Pesto Cooking Lunch Boat and Walking Tour
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Best of Portofino: Pesto Cooking Lunch Boat and Walking Tour

£140
Per adult
Paddle Boarding Experience in Portofino
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Paddle Boarding Experience in Portofino

£41
Per adult
Easy Kayak Tour in Portofino
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Easy Kayak Tour in Portofino

£47
Per adult
Exclusive Private Day Trip: Portofino & Santa Margherita from Portofino's Port
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Exclusive Private Day Trip: Portofino & Santa Margherita from Portofino's Port

£312
Per adult

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10 Jul 2019

It’s a fantastic place to visit.

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Santa Margherita Ligure

Santa Margherita Ligure

Photo "San Lorenzo della Costa" by Stefano Mazzone Geno… (CC BY-SA) / Cropped from original

San Lorenzo della Costa