In Portofino, the clear sea reflects the pastel colors of the facades, the sky and the nature surrounding the village. The many visitors go to discover every corner, the boats, ferries, and yachts arrive and depart. All in perfect harmony.

Welcome to Portofino.

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Portofino is one of the most iconic places of the Italian Riviera.

All over the world, in fact, they know the image of this magnificent seaside village, nestled in the green headland, with its tall colorful houses arranged in a semi-circle around the famous Piazzetta.

This pearl of the Mediterranean is today one of the most renowned tourist resorts in the world and every year attracts thousands of travelers including artists, politicians and celebrities of international level.

What to see in Portofino

Portofino is a village of very ancient origins, documented in the imperial age with the name of Portus Delphini; the central part of the town still retains the Roman road system, with orthogonal meshes.

In the twelfth century, after a long period under the control of the abbey of S. Fruttuoso, Portofino passed under the jurisdiction of Genoa, which since then has always kept it in its possession.

The Piazzetta of Portofino

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Via Rome guides visitors to the sea.

On the right, the fourteenth-century oratory of Nostra Signora Assunta, with a beautiful portal carved in slate (1555), serves as a container for art exhibitions.

The street ends in Piazza Martiri dell’Olivetta, better known as the small square: under its arcades there are shops and boutiques, restaurants and ice cream parlors, which also surround the marina.

Chiesa di San Martino

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Behind the square, on the left, stands the church of S. Martino, built in the 11th century in Lombard Romanesque style; owes its present appearance to an intervention from the 1800s.

Church of San Giorgio

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Behind the square, on the left, stands the church of S. Martino, built in the 11th century in Lombard Romanesque style; owes its present appearance to an intervention from the 1800s.

Brown Castle

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The fortress of Manarola was built in the twelfth century to defend the village from the raids of Saracen pirates. Later it represented the real nucleus of the ancient country.
Today some parts are still well preserved and visible, others have been incorporated by the houses perched on the sea.
There are no visible parts, however, of the ancient castle, which was built together with the bastion.

Faro di Punta del Capo

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The last stop of the walk is faro di punta del capo: a view that leaves you breathless.

Where to sleep in Portofino

Portofino hotels are very luxurious, exclusive and offer exceptional service. These wonderful structures inside elegant period buildings are ideal for an elite clientele or to celebrate special moments.

If your budget is over € 200 per night you can find some solution to spend the night in this wonderful pearl of the Mediterranean.

Otherwise the nearby cities of Rapallo and Santa Margherita Ligure offer much more choice with accommodation of all types and for all budgets: hotels of all price ranges, apartments and B & Bs.

How to get to Portofino

You can leave your car in the covered pay parking in Piazza Martiri della Libertà, open 24 hours a day, or in the free parking area along the road to Santa Margherita Ligure; from here it is possible to reach the town center on foot with a beautiful panoramic walk.

Since there is still a risk of turning empty in the vain search for a parking space, it is better to choose the train, going down to the station of Santa Margherita Ligure from which, in the summer months, a bus departs every 20 minutes (until 8 p.m.), whose tickets are available for purchase at the vending machine; Portofino can also be reached by sea, taking advantage of the ferry ferries that provide a constant connection from Genoa, the Paradise Gulf and the Gulf of Tigullio.

The nearest airport is Genoa ( http://www.aeroportodigenova.it/ )

Portofino beaches

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Sea lovers have two options to lie down at the beach and take a swim from Portofino.

The first is to reach the abbey of San Fruttuoso by boat or through the paths of the mountain of Portofino.

If you want to spend more time on the beach in a less remote area you have to go back to Santa Margherita Ligure and stop at Paraggi. Here is the only real beach close to the village that is much loved by VIPs and is known as “Portofino beach”.

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