Situated in a narrow cove is one of Italy's most picturesque and enchanting places. Tiny Portofino owes its fame and popularity to its spectacular setting, agreeable climate and lush, luxuriant vegetation. This acclaimed Pearl of the Mediterranean has long been a favorite with celebrities and artists who have come to appreciate the unsurpassed charm and intimacy of the cliff-lined port.
Overlooking the rocky coastline, quaint Portofino surprises with incredible views of the Gulf of Rapallo and the surrounding pine-covered hillsides. High above the village stand the church and fortress of San Giorgio, from where beautiful views extend over the resort and the harbor.
In 1935, the city government of nearby Genoa declared Portofino a national monument. Altering the architecture of any structure requires approval from a committee. Thus, Portofino's look has changed very little over the past decades.
Bronzed and beautiful visitors enjoy the unique ambiance, chic boutiques and quaint cafÐ ¹s that overlook the small yacht harbor and line the narrow, cobbled streets. Others explore along the coastline, where tiny villages are tucked away in hidden coves.
Don't miss out on practically everyone's favorite pastime – people-watching while sitting in one of the outdoor cafÐ ¹s, sipping a campari or enjoying a cappuccino. The boutiques and designer shops are only a stone's throw away, tempting prospective buyers with chic resort wear and Italian designer clothing (be aware that not all shops may be open on Sunday).