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“Chic e attraente”Sandro Benigni, APP
“Super magnifique”Gaby Lespi, App
“Bella come sempre 😍”Claudia Cerna, App
“Paisagens magníficas num local muito aprazível!”Guida Brss, App
“Breath taking scenery with buildings nestled into the mountains. The beach scenery was nice too, glad I had my binoculars.”Bruce Jen, App
“Molto caratteristico. Raggiungibile comodamente con pulmino da S. Margherita, o anche a piedi con una bella camminata sul lungomare.”Claudia Maga, App
“La bellezza della natura, non si può spiegare 😍”Valentina Stefanati, App
“Un incanto.”Benedetto Magro, App
“Luogo d’incanto come sempre.”Andrea Barendson, App
“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 RobinsonApp
“Absolutely charming in May, with not so many people and great service at all restaurants. Small place with luxurious shops.”Irem AktugGoogle
“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 CencigApp
“Uno dei posti più romantici e raffinati che abbia mai visitato. Una perla italiana”Sara BozzatoApp
“A place you must see when visiting the Italian Riviera, have an ice cream and enjoy the view of the yatchs.”Igor GavrilenkoApp
“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, App
“Прекрасное местечко!Очень понравилось здесь прогуливаться.От Санта Маргариты лучше идти пешком-слишком хороша дорога!”Ольга Полухина, App
“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, App
“Atmosfera irripetibile per un angolo di paradiso unico ed esclusivo”Pietro, App
“Lugar lindo que quero voltar sempre que possa.2 vez aqui.❤❤❤”Cristina Carneiro, App
La Dolce Vita
Portofino is Love
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WHERE IS PORTOFINO?
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.
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WHY IS PORTOFINO SO FAMOUS?
Portofino’s fame can be attributed to its picturesque harbour, colorful buildings, and stunning natural surroundings. The village has been a popular destination for artists, writers, and celebrities since the early 1900s. Today, it remains a popular spot for those seeking relaxation, luxury, and beauty.
IS PORTOFINO ITALY WORTH VISITING?
Absolutely! Portofino offers a unique blend of natural beauty and luxurious amenities. The village is known for its high-end boutiques, fine dining restaurants, and exclusive resorts. But beyond the glamour, Portofino offers a chance to connect with nature and explore the Italian Riviera. Hiking trails wind through the surrounding hills, offering stunning views of the coastline and nearby villages.
IS PORTOFINO ON THE AMALFI COAST?
No, Portofino is not on the Amalfi Coast. It is located on the Italian Riviera, in the province of Genoa. The Amalfi Coast is located further south, in the Campania region of Italy.
IS PORTOFINO NEAR LAKE COMO?
No, Portofino is not near Lake Como. Lake Como is located in the Lombardy region of Italy, while Portofino is in Liguria, on the other side of the country.
WHAT PORTOFINO MEANS?
Portofino is a small fishing village and popular tourist destination located on the Italian Riviera, in the province of Genoa, Italy. The name “Portofino” is derived from the Latin “Portus Delphini,” which means “Port of the Dolphins” It is believed that the name refers to the large number of dolphins that inhabit the bay.
HOW TO GET FROM GENOA AIRPORT?
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.
WHEN TO GO?
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!
WHAT IS THE TEMPERATURE IN PORTOFINO?
The temperature in Portofino, Italy varies depending on the time of year. In general, the summer months of June, July, and August are the warmest, with average high temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to low 80s Fahrenheit (around 24-28 degrees Celsius). The fall and spring months are cooler, with average high temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to low 70s Fahrenheit (around 16-22 degrees Celsius). During the winter months of December, January, and February, the temperatures are coolest, with average high temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to low 60s Fahrenheit (around 12-16 degrees Celsius).
WHAT TO DO IN PORTOFINO?
Visit the iconic Castello Brown: This historic castle offers breathtaking views of the harbor and coastline, as well as fascinating exhibits on the history of Portofino. Go hiking in the Portofino Regional Park: The park features scenic trails that lead through stunning natural landscapes and offer panoramic views of the coastline. Explore the underwater world with a scuba diving or snorkeling excursion: The crystal-clear waters of the Ligurian Sea offer a fascinating glimpse into the marine life that calls this area home. Enjoy a day at the beach: Relax on the sandy beaches of Paraggi or San Fruttuoso, or take a dip in the refreshing waters of the Ligurian Sea. Indulge in local cuisine: Sample the delicious seafood, pasta, and other specialties of the Ligurian region at one of Portofino’s many excellent restaurants. Take a boat tour: Discover the stunning beauty of the coastline from the water with a boat tour, which can take you to hidden coves and secluded beaches that are only accessible by sea.
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.
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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!
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SAINT GEORGE BONFIRE
The Saint George bonfireis 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.
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IS PORTOFINO SAFE?
CAN YOU SWIM IN PORTOFINO?
IS PORTOFINO EXPENSIVE?
WHY IS PORTOFINO SO EXPENSIVE?
WELFARE CAMPAIGNS WE SUPPORT
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)
Sea Shepherd – They protect our Dolphins
A.P.S.P. Levico Curae – Alzheimer’s disease
Up&Down – Down’s Syndrome
Associazione Luca Coscioni – Dignity in Dying
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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 Genoa, Code: GOA.
Portofino is 45km east of Genoa Airport on the A12 motorway. Transfer time: 45 minutes. Rent a Car from/to Genoa Airport.
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 Limo 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 Limo 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 Limo Transfer from/to Nice Cote d’Azur Airport.
Fly to Bergamo Orio al Serio, Code: BGY.
Portofino is 227km south of Bergamo on the A7/E62 motorway. Transfer time: 2.40 hours. Rent a Car from Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport.
Fly to Pisa, Code: PSA.
Portofino is 149km west of Pisa Airport on the A12 motorway. Transfer time: 1.45 hours. Rent a Car from/to Pisa 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.
by Ferry Boat
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)
From the Santa Margherita Ligure or Rapallo station, there is a regular bus service to Portofino.
Journey time is about 15/25 minutes. The service runs every 30 minutes from 6:15 to 22:00 (up to 00:45 in summer).