Portofino, a breathtaking gem in the Italian Riviera
, is hailed as «One of the eight wonders» due to its natural beauty and the universally celebrated «Piazzetta» nestled in its heart.
In the 60s, the allure of Portofino's luxury life drew famous faces from the «Dolce Vita» era. Actors, pop stars, and affluent aristocrats made Portofino Italy a regular part of their travel itinerary, drawn in by its mesmerizing twilights, exclusive parties, and panoramic views. Stories of these high-profile visits flooded newspapers, transforming the tranquil hamlet into a global emblem of the alluring «Dolce Vita». Today, Portofino's fame has only increased, becoming a hotspot for international tourism and the jet-set lifestyle.
Renowned International fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci, and Emilio Pucci, among others, have set up shop in this hamlet on the Ligurian coast, contributing to the area's luxury feel.Portofino
, «Portus Delphini
», a cornerstone of the Italian Riviera, is an ideal haven for relaxation and tranquility. Its enchanting atmosphere offers a perfect backdrop for meditation and self-reflection. If you're wondering when to go to this splendid location on the Golfo del Tigullio., for example, the St George church, we recommend the period from Easter until the end of October. Ferry services from Molo Umberto I offer trips to the Golfo Paradiso, two stunning villages located on the opposite side of the promontory.
La Riviera Ligure is an ideal spot for a leisurely lunch or dinner. Before reaching Camogli, consider stopping at Punta Chiappa, a sunbathing haven with a fantastic seafood offering at «Trattoria da Spadin». Camogli, with its quaint fishermen's village vibe, is also a must-see destination. The app offers information on various seafood-serving restaurants. Do not miss out on the secret-recipe-cooked Scampi at «Da U Batti» in Vico Nuovo 17 or the seafront dining experience at «U Magazin» - it's truly romantic!
From April (Easter) to the end of October, any day is a good day to visit Portofino Italy. From Thursday to Sunday, you will find yourself amidst a lively crowd. The bustling «Piazzetta» will make you feel at home. In the course of the winter, it's best to go when the weather is agreeable. For lodging recommendations,
we give our[ thumbs up to Splendido Portofino. Between November and March, many shops and accommodations close for the season. However, if you chance upon good weather or come during Christmas, a trip to портофино is worth every minute. The magic of this place is sure to elicit a cascade of emotions!
On the main street «Via Roma», you'll discover a charming shop selling local ceramic pieces. As the day ends, enjoy an "Aperitivo" at «Winterose» at the end of Calata Marconi. This boutique-style establishment offers a wide selection of wines that you can savor while overlooking the sea.
If you're looking for a tranquil escape, head to the Lighthouse. A serene 15-minute walk from the Chiesa di San Giorgio
, the path is lined with plants and fields. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and carry water for the excursion. On the same route, you'll spot «Castello Brown», boasting stunning views perfect for capturing memories.
In Portofino Italy, even a boat trip can be a romantic experience. Consider a trip to the idyllic San Fruttuoso, with its «Christ of the Abyss» and the Abbey. Or explore the romantic «Camogli» and the crystalline bay of Paraggi before the Hotel Piccolo. Things to go to the Cinque Terre too. Relax on the beach and savor the beautiful sunsets.
Walk to SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE to enjoy an aperitif, have dinner, and experience a vibrant night at the trendy club "il Covo". TAXI BOATS are available on the right side of the piers. Please ask for a quote before boarding. Further down the same pier, a public boat service runs from/to Portofino every 30/45 minutes over the span of the day - a more affordable option.
Luxury nightclubs and discos are a rare sight in this peaceful hamlet. Instead, revel in the serenity of nature and the richness of human connection. The closest nightlife spots, "Carillon" in Paraggi and "Covo di Nord-Est," are only a leisurely 20-minute and 40-minute journey away, respectively. In July and August, Friday and Saturday nights at these locations come alive with the rhythm of life.As warm summer weekends arrive, music emanates from the "Chuflay" piano bar, and the harmonious voices of live performers in the "Piazzetta" echo through the air, filling your senses with joy and wonder
Music can also be found at the «Strainer» Restaurant, located at the end of the right pier.
If clubbing is your thing, your destination should be «Covo di Nord-Est», particularly on Saturdays in July and August. With a young and vibrant crowd, the club is a hub for ages between 16 and 40. The top floor is highly recommended and the dress code is fashionable yet casual. They play a variety of music, including mainstream, house, and 70s. For women in high heels who prefer not to walk from the hamlet, a private cab is the best option.
For nightclub enthusiasts, consider a car and driver service for a freedom-filled night out at «Twiga» in Versilia, «Billionaire» in Monaco, or at «Le Vip Room» and «Les Caves du Roy» in Saint Tropez. The service includes round trips without the stress of driving or alcohol limits. If relaxation is your preference, don't forget to explore the Monte di Portofino. A little adrenaline rush in the middle of paradise will give you exceptional views.
In conclusion, Portofino allows you to wake up late in the morning, have breakfast, take a boat trip or swim in the Paraggi beach, indulge in an aperitivo from 6 pm until 9 pm, and have dinner around 9.30 pm. In the course of weekends and the summer season, women usually dress quite elegantly for dinner. You'll see many famous boutiques offering chic dresses in the fishing village.
Ladies, please note: The famous Piazzetta of Portofino is composed of hand-made sandstone. So, tread carefully when wearing high heels, preferably using the appropriate corridors at the center. A light sweater is recommended from 6 pm onwards. In town, you will find a pharmacy, banks, ATMs, food shops, a bakery, newsstands, and places to buy cigarettes.
Free WiFi: Through the high season, when the restaurant Delfino is open (situated in the Piazzetta on the right side), you can access a free Wi-Fi connection. The signal covers approximately 30/50 meters. For everything else, download our APP for iPhone
, or Huawei
to explore the Portofino luxury effortlessly. Compatible with iPad too. For more info, check out our local guide for things to do, where to eat or stay, and remember, «Portofino is Love! 🐬