Portofino – the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’

Portofino was the second port of call on our most recent cruise aboard Oceania’s Riviera visiting the Italian and French Riviera.

 Over the years Portofino has attracted wealthy actors and artists partly due to its most beautiful scenic setting and agreeable climate. Enjoy chic boutiques and quaint cafes overlooking the small yacht harbour. As early as 1935 Portofino was declared a national monument so architecture has changed little in the past 60 years and any type of building work or alterations must receive strict approval.

What to do?

Ideal for just sitting at one of the many outdoor cafes enjoying lunch or a coffee, soaking up the unique atmosphere while you people watch.

Boat trips along the coast

A boat trip up the coast is a great way to see the fabulous coastline scenery.

Regular boats connect nearby Santa Margherita (15mins), an elegant seaside resort, or visit the Benedictine Abbey at Santa Fruttuosa (30 mins) or if you travel in the other direction you can visit the beautiful port city of Rapallo (30 mins also). Famous in the 1930s as a popular holiday destination. Ferries (run by Servizio Marittimo Del Tigullio) run roughly every hour and there is also a more frequent bus service to Santa Margherita.

 Art Lovers

Art lovers might enjoy the fascinating outdoor Museo Del Parco set on various levels of the hillside next to the pier. International artists have created a collection of over 120 statues of various sizes made out of bronze, marble, glass and steel to blend in with their surroundings.

 Wonderful Views for taking photographs.

Not far from the pier take the steep stairs and the short walk up to the Chiesa Di Sangiorgio for wonderful views; if you walk further along the path you come to the Castello Brown and for a different view of the resort you can walk all the way to the lighthouse taking at least 30 minutes each way.

Luxurious Hotel Splendido

This luxurious hotel sits just north of the harbour and also provides spectacular views of the village. Be prepared for a 15 minute uphill climb but it is a fabulous spot to enjoy lunch or a drink. It is rated as one of the top hotels in the world so be prepared to pay ‘top’ prices.

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Photo: View from Museo Del Parco – Portofino (SG) 153

 

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