Portofino Travel Guide

Where Timeless Elegance Meets the Riviera's Natural Splendor

Portofino is located in the region of Liguria (the Italian Riviera) on the Mediterranean coast and the Gulf of Genoa. The northern part of the region extends into the Alps and the Winelands of Piedmont. Liguria is one of Italy’s loveliest regions, with pastel-colored fishing villages and stunning places like Portofino. The area has always been important strategically because of its access to the sea and the mountains from the Romans’ time to later domination by the Milanese and French. Genoa was the most powerful city in the region, and the Republic of Genoa encompassed Portofino and the rest of the coast for centuries.

Portofino is located in a stunning setting with a pretty bay and is a walker’s paradise. The hamlet rests on a peninsula between Punta Chiappa, the inlets of Cala dell Oro and Saint Fruttuoso, and Punta Carena and hugs a crystal clear protected marine habitat. The backdrop is of lush pine trees and beautiful villas built into the hillside. The surrounding area is full of chestnut trees, vineyards reaching the sea, and quaint fishing villages on cliffs. An excellent walk is from Portofino to San Fruttuoso, a gorgeous Benedictine medieval Abbey set in a pristine cove.

Above all, Portofino’s exclusivity and idyllic beauty attract the rich and famous year after year and has historically been a magnet for actors, artists, aristocrats, and royalty. Princess Grace, Rex Harrison, the Duke of Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor, Humphrey Bogart, and even Nietzsche all summered in Portofino. Today, it is a beautiful place firmly on the jet set’s stomping grounds to relax, eat well, enjoy natural beauty, shop, and enjoy wine tasting in the Cinque Terre. It is a supremely relaxing place. The “Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino” marine reserve is home to chic yachts and colorful boats that grace its waters from spring to autumn. One thing you should look out for when visiting Portofino is the red coral, which is very pretty.

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