Portofino is an amazing location based in the Italian Riviera, considered «One of the eight wonders of the world» with it’s natural bowl which has become the world’s famous «Piazzetta».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. At those times, newspapers began to be filled with these stories of mundane events and love stories about the fascinating «Dolce Vita», of which Portofino became a worldwide symbol. Today, Portofino is a place known for international tourism and the jet-set lifestyle.Many International fashion houses have chosen Portofino as their home, included among them are: Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci, Emilio Pucci and many more.
Portofino is perfect to love, dream and relax. Today one goes to Portofino to feel good, because it is a fantastic place, full of magic, where to meditate and make peace with oneself. We suggest visiting Portofino from Easter until the end of October. If the weather allows it, you can take a small Ferryboat from the Molo Umberto I (the one on the right) to San Fruttoso or to Camogli, two beautiful viallages right on the opposite side of the Portofino mount.
In San Fruttuoso you can either have lunch or dinner. Before Camogli you can stay at Punta Chiappa, where you will find rocks for sun baths. There, you can eat at «Trattoria da Spadin», a cozy place on the sea. Then, take the time to visit Camogli, a very fishermen’s village mood. In Portofino, there are many Restaurants serving fish, we suggest for example «Da U Batti» in Vico Nuovo 17 (just behind the Piazzetta) where you must try their secret-recipe-cooked Scampi – very amazing – or on the left pier, you can find the restaurant «U Magazin», where you can eat fish with candle light at one meter from the sea! Very romantic.
Between April (Eastern) to the end of October, you can come at any day. Usually you can be in the middle of the crowd between thursday and sunday. The «Piazzetta» is always full of people, and you can feel as if you were in your living room. During winter time, we suggest Portofino only if there is good weather.
During the months between November and March, a lot of shops and accommodation are closed. However, if there is the chance of good weather or during Christmas, a visit to Portofino is well worth all the times. Emotions are always a magic!In the main street «Via Roma» you’ll be able to find a small shop of cute local ceramic pieces. At the end of the day, we also suggest an “Aperitivo” at «Winterose» at the end of the Calata Marconi (the left one). It is a type of boutique of good wine with good selection.You’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine a meter away from the sea.
For anything else, if you’re thinking of staying a night or more and If you want to swim in the sea, we suggest to stay at «Splendido», a romantic 5 star hotel at 5 minutes walking distance from Portofino. It has a splendid panoramic pool with sea water.
We suggest to visit the Portofino Lighthouse. It is takes about 20 minutes walking which starts from the «Piazzetta» on the right. There are plants, fields, and you will feel calm. Take water with you and wear comfortable shoes for this walk. We also suggest you visit the «Castle Brown» on the same road, there is a fantastic view where you’ll be able to take pictures or film the surroundings.
EVEN A BOAT TRIP IS A ROMANTIC IDEA TO PASS THE TIME IN PORTOFINO. WE SUGGEST VISITING SAN FRUTTUOSO, WITH ITS «CHRIST OF THE ABYSS» AND THE ABBEY. Then, THE ROMANTIC «CAMOGLI» or the bay of PARAGGI WHICH HAS CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATER where you can relax during all the the day on the beach with amazing sunsets. You can walk also until SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE where you can enjoy an aperitif in the middle of the crowd, have a dinner, and spend a crazy night at the trendy club Covo di Nord-Est. The TAXI BOATS are available on the right side of the PIAZZETTA. Please ask a quote before to boarding. If you go ahead on the same pier, you can find a public boat service from/to Portofino with a run – during the day – every 30/45 minutes. (cheaper).There are no nightclubs or discos in Portofino. The closest is the «Carillon» in Paraggi at 20 minutes walking distance or «Covo di Nord-Est» at 40 minutes walking. We suggest visiting the second one from June to August only on Friday and Saturday nights, whereas for the remaining periods, only on Saturday.
If you want, you’ll be able to have all the fun you can get, by using a car plus driver service for trendy and freedom-full nights in Versilia at the «Twiga», at «Montecarlo’s Jimmy’s» or at «Le Vip Room» and «Les Caves du Roy» in Saint Tropez with a round trip service with no driving stress or alcohol limits. On the other hand, if you are looking to relax yourself, you can’t forget to visit the Park. Take an excursion for a slight adrenaline rush in the middle of a paradise with super views.In conclusion, in Portofino you can wake up late in the morning, have breakfast in the «Piazzetta», take a boat trip or swim in the Paraggi beach, enjoy an Aperitivo from 6pm until 9pm, and have dinner around 9.30pm. During weekends and in the summer season, women usually go to dinner dressed quite elegantly. You’ll have the chance of buying a nice dress in many of the famous boutiques in Portofino.
Warning for ladies: The famous Piazzetta is made up of hand made sandstone. So be careful when wearing high heels. Try walking in the appropriate corridors at the center. We always suggest wearing a tiny sweater on the shoulders from 6pm onwards. In town you will find a pharmacy, banks and ATM, some small food shops, a bakery, newspapers and places where to get cigarettes.Free WiFi: During the high season, when the restaurant Delfino is open (in Piazzetta on the right side), you can find a free wifi connection there. The signal is reachable in around 30/50 meters. After all, for everything you need, download our APP for iPhone. You can use it on iPad too.