Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
10AM TO 2PM
October to March
10AM TO 2PM
to any public administration
“Chic e attraente”Sandro Benigni, Google
“Super magnifique”Gaby Lespi, Google
“Bella come sempre 😍”Claudia Cerna, Google
“Paisagens magníficas num local muito aprazível!”Guida Brss, Google
“Breath taking scenery with buildings nestled into the mountains. The beach scenery was nice too, glad I had my binoculars.”Bruce Jen, Google
“Molto caratteristico. Raggiungibile comodamente con pulmino da S. Margherita, o anche a piedi con una bella camminata sul lungomare.”Claudia Maga, Google
“La bellezza della natura, non si può spiegare 😍”Valentina Stefanati, Google
“Un incanto.”Benedetto Magro, Google
“Luogo d’incanto come sempre.”Andrea Barendson, Google
“A beautiful place, great at this time of year with fewer tourists. Not a cheap place to visit for eating out but worth it for the ambiance!”Jan Robinson Google
“Meraviglia”Maury Bianco Google
“Absolutely charming in May, with not so many people and great service at all restaurants. Small place with luxurious shops.”Irem Aktug Google
“A little gem of paradise I had not expected to encounter. It’s an obviously fun place to visit and vacation for those who can afford it. The water is great and the hike up to the castle is nice also.”Carl Cencig Google
“Uno dei posti più romantici e raffinati che abbia mai visitato. Una perla italiana”Sara Bozzato Google
“A place you must see when visiting the Italian Riviera, have an ice cream and enjoy the view of the yatchs.”Igor Gavrilenko Google
“Пафосное место, хотя бы и для галочки посетить нужно. Красивые виды. Поплавать можно по дороге из/в Санта Маргарита Лируре. Можно пешочком, заодно ознакомиться с пляжами и бухточками. “Irem Aktug, Google
“Прекрасное местечко!Очень понравилось здесь прогуливаться.От Санта Маргариты лучше идти пешком-слишком хороша дорога!”Ольга Полухина, Google
“SUPER! Портофіно озвучено в багатьох піснях італійських виконавців. Ціни вище середнього по Італії. Парковка від 5 євро за годину. У вихідні дні потрібно стояти у черзі з авто, щоб потрапити в Портофіно.”Rostyslav Makukh, Google
“Atmosfera irripetibile per un angolo di paradiso unico ed esclusivo”Pietro, Google
“Lugar lindo que quero voltar sempre que possa.2 vez aqui.❤❤❤”Cristina Carneiro, Google
Portofino is Love
Campaigns & Memories
Where to Dive
Portofino, one of the eight wonders of the world, is a fantastic hamlet on the sea-based in the Italian Riviera, close to Genoa in the Nord West area of Italy. It’s easy to reach from Genova, Milano, Florence, Turin and Cote d’Azur. Portofino became famous in the 60s when the rich and famous characters of the «Dolce Vita», actors, actresses, pop stars, and rich aristocrats frequently started visiting it for its twilights, exclusive parties, and breathtaking views. Today, Portofino is a place known for international tourism and the jet-set lifestyle.
We have written a specific page with an ultimate guide on which are the best hotels in Portofino. Click here.
Three options: 1) You can book a Limousine Transfer. 2) If you prefer to drive yourself you can Rent a Car at Genoa Airport. The average transfer time between Genoa Airport and Portofino is 60/90 minutes – after the Morandi bridge collapse. 3) To finish you can choose the train too, moving from Goa Airport to Principe Rail Station. On an average weekday, there are usually about 50 trains per day traveling from Genoa to Santa Margherita Ligure, the railway station that serves Portofino. From this point, you need the public bus who runs every half an hour. In this case, the Ferry Boat transfer from Santa Margherita Ligure could be a fascinating option.
After the storm who broke the panoramic road to Portofino, the only way to get there is by Ferry Boat from Santa Margherita Ligure or Rapallo. Please keep in mind that during the off-season this service runs only with good weather.
Between April (Eastern) to the end of October, you can come at any day. Usually, you can be in the middle of the crowd from Thursday to Sunday. The «Piazzetta» is always full of people, and you can feel as if you were in your living room. For the rest of the time – November to February – we suggest Portofino only if there is good weather and during the weekend. At Christmas – most of the shops are closed – but emotions are really amazing!
Aperitivo: Winterose at the end of Calata Marconi (left dock). Around 10 euro.
Art Gallery: Lorenzo Cascio on the right of the Piazzetta. Really amazing!
Eating Out: Da U Batti, behind the Piazzetta. Around 100 euro. Secret Scampi Recipe.
Beach: Cannone Bay, just a couple of minutes before Portofino.
Inspirations: Lighthouse of Portofino and the little wall above the yacht club in the walk to St. George.
Best Moment: From 8 pm during the season. Soo romantic!
Love Declaration: Terrace on the right of the St. George Church, Castle Brown and little pier on Molo Umberto I.
Magic: If you have time, walk to Portofino during Christmas, it’s really magical. Embrace each other and let go!
Dolphins: 150 meters from the coast between Lighthouse and San Fruttuoso and in front of the Cervara Abbey. Best moment from October to March.
Whales: 500 meters from the coast between our lighthouse and Nervi (GE). Best moment from November to March.
Ducks: In the season you can find them inside the little bay of the «Piazzetta».
Barracuda: Between the little bay of Cala dell’Oro and San Fruttuoso.
Wedding: Possible with a little patience to the Church of San Giorgio. Access needs to be discussed in Townhall.
Best picture: Go to Castle Brown. There is a deck with stunning views. Even San Giorgio Church deserves.
Mothers and children: The access to the village and its surroundings is easy with prams. No problem. There isn’t nursery in the city.
Keeping fit: Jogging along with the state Portofino to Santa Margherita Ligure (about 3.3 kilometers).
Dine in the Evening: In season, Ladies are dressed in an elegant evening gown.
Parking: Required for cars inside the silos. Cost during the season € 7,50 / h.
Underwater: Christ of the Abysses at a depth of 17 meters in the San Fruttuoso bay. Amazing!
With your dog: Required dogs on a leash. They are very welcome.
Disability: There is a lift in the parking measuring 82 cm. Arrive in Piazzetta is possible without too many issues. Floor sandstone.
Good to know: We have Newsstand, Pharmacy, Police, Post Office, Yacht Club, a Park, ATM, and Captaincy.
Toilets: They are in the square of parking on arrival. There are also at the end of Molo Umberto I. Pier at the right.
Emotional Thing: Arrive in Portofino by boat at the sunset. Absolutely!
St. George’s Bonfire: April 23rd. Emotional moment.
Parish: +39.0185.269337 – Mobile +39.333.217.9407 – [email protected]
Where to Stay: The Splendido. A very enchanting and exclusive retreat with SPA. We recommend it.
When: From April to October each day. In winter only at the weekend. At Christmas – most of the shops are closed – but emotions are amazing!
The Saint George bonfire is a unique moment, quite popular among tourists and even the locals. Getting to Portofino by car can be very hard at that time. You hardly get any chance to park after 5 p.m., and you risk the traffic block in Santa Margherita. A good option is taking the bus or an electric bike from Santa Margherita Ligure, (you’ll need a card, which you can purchase in Santa Margherita on the rotatory of buses in the morning). In this case, you can leave the car in Santa Margherita Ligure.
Our Dolphins during 2021 will support:
Don’t Leave Me (Pet Abandonment)
Grindadráp (Faroe Islanders’ ritual slaughter of Pilot Whales)
Taiji Japan (Taiji Dolphin drive hunt)
Dignity in Dying (End of Life and Legal Euthanasia)
Portofino is available for iPhone and iPad.
– iPhone 12: works like a charm;
– iPhone 11: works like a charm;
– iPhone 6s/6/7/8/X: works like a charm;
– iPhone 5s, 5c, 5: our app is compatible with these devices.
– iPad: our app is compatible with all the iPad versions.
Portofino is available for Android.
– Huawei P30, Mate 30 Pro: works like a charm;
– Samsung S9/S10/Note 21/21+: works like a charm;
– Our app is compatible with all android devices.
• Minimum required configuration:
– Internet Explorer 10.0 or later
– Mozilla Firefox 59.0 or later
– Google Chrome 65.0 or later
– Safari 11 or later
– Mozilla Firefox 59 or later
– Google Chrome 65 or later
– IOS 9 and later
– Android 6 and later
Wishes from the «Dolphins of Portofino» 🍾 This #video is dedicated to the #guys of @SeaShepherd. Thanks for all you have done! We love you! 🐬The «Dolphins of Portofino» were in front of the lighthouse in the last December 22,2016 😍 Thanks to @veronicapac Portofino.it® #portofino #dolphins #seashepherd @sea_shepherd_italia
Lat 44°18’,18 N Long 009°12’, 83 E
Near the dock from 1.4 to 4 – near the buoys from 1 to 1.7- in the port from 0.5 to 16 M.
Lee wind: from the northwest
Portofino harbor is completely docked, except for the two moorings at Cannone Bay.
Boat places: 16.
You must wait at the port mouth and contact the port service on channel 12VHF.
Speed limit below three knots and you must give way to boats coming out.
Be careful of two shallows with surfacing rocks: one is situated in front of the building of the Local Maritime Office just below sea level, the other (0.5 m.) is starboard the fuel station.
Lighthouses and Lights
White flashing lighthouse, 5 sec. intermittence, 15 M. capacity on the tip of Portofino.
Green flashing light, 3 sec intermittence, 7M. capacity on the inside corner of the Maritime Authority building.
Red flashing light, 3 sec intermittence, 7M. capacity on Punta del Coppo.
Fly to Milano Malpensa, Code: MXP.
Portofino is 219km south of Milano Malpensa Airport on the A7 motorway. Transfer time: 2.30 hours. Rent a Car or book a Limousine Transfer from/to Milano Malpensa Airport.
Fly to Milano Linate, Code: LIN.
Portofino is 187km south of Milano Linate Airport on the A7 motorway. Transfer time: 2.20 hours. Rent a Car or book a Limousine Transfer from/to Milano Linate Airport.
Fly to Nice Cote d’Azur, Code: NCE.
Portofino is 237km east of Nice FR Airport on the A10 motorway. Transfer time: 3.00 hours. Rent a Car or book a Limousine Transfer from/to Nice Cote d’Azur Airport.
In the high season (May, June, July, August, and September), Portofino can get very crowded and it can be difficult to find a parking space. So, rent a car could be a nightmare! In this period, add 30/40 minutes to the transfer time, especially during the weekend.
A good idea might be moving around via public boats in Portofino. The service involves small ships that leave from Molo Umberto I (the dock on the right facing the sea) in a dedicated space. At the current moment, there are two lines that connect Portofino to San Fruttuoso, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Chiavari, and Sestri Levante. The service is valid from April through October. During the other months, the rides are very rare or non-existent. During the peak season, they add some evening rides.
San Fruttuoso, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo. Departures: every hour from 9.30 (during summer) or 10.30 (March to November). Rides may vary due to weather conditions, feast days and events.
During summer and special events such as the «St. Giorgio Bonfire» on the 23rd of April, «Rapallo’s feast days» on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of July, «Stella Maris» in Camogli the first Sunday of August and the «Cryst of the Abyss feast» in San Fruttuoso, the boats add special rides to cover the events.
Getting to Portofino in the evening by boat is a unique and touching experience. Unfortunately, the last ride to Portofino from Santa Margherita Ligure is at 5.15 p.m., while from San Fruttuoso it is at 6.30 p.m. If you want to see the sunset in Portofino from a boat, get in touch with a Taxi Boat on Calata Umberto I. And don’t forget to bring your electronic devices to snap some shots of the sunset!
WHERE ARE LOCATED THE BOATS?
Find the Ferry Boat in Portofino it’s very easy. You just need to go on the right pier – looking at the sea – localize the Restaurant «Delfino». Go ahead for about 100 meters, you will see a small pier. Found it!
Molo Umberto I, Portofino
Motorway A12 Exit to RAPALLO
Follow indications to Portofino. Transfer time: 25 minutes.
Motorway A12 Exit to RECCO (Romantic Solution)
Follow indications to Portofino. Transfer time: 35 minutes.
SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE Railway Station. Transfer time: 20 minutes.
RAPALLO Railway Station (Second Option). Transfer time: 30 minutes.
Public Bus is available on both stations.
Taxi service is available too. (please arrange a price before to board)