Fine wine, unforgettable dining, long summer days on the sea, hiking among lush flora and fauna and elegant coastal hotels where glamorous international travelers summer each year define the picturesque port town of Portofino. Located on Italy’s northwest coast, between the Ligurian capital of Genoa and the towns of Cinque Terre, Portofino is an idyllic seaside village on a peninsula that encapsulates the true Italian Riviera.
Perfect forFamilies | Foodies | Romantics | Style Mavens | Ultimate Indulgers
When to goJune-August | September-November
Ideal length of stay3-5 Nights
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3 Days: Luxurious Portofino
Most Portofino visitors quickly settle into the Italian Riviera rhythm, spending warm summer days relaxing at the pool or shopping in the port and long evenings passed over leisurely diners with friends and family. But there is also easy access to picturesque hiking, interesting cultural sites and family-friendly day trips that allow for a fuller, more active itinerary.
Day 1: Finding the Portofino Pace
Your first day in Portofino should be spent settling into the Italian coastal pace—go for a swim at your hotel, check out some of the cute boutiques in town (punctuated with a gelato break, of course), stroll along the marina checking out the docked megayachts, then end the day with dinner in town at Chuflay.
Day 2: Hiking
The excellent hike from San Rocco di Camogli runs along a path that skirts the sea and includes the ability to visit the remains of a German WWII bunker. Return to the hotel in time for an afternoon swim and spa treatment before a casual dinner at Pizzeria Da Nicola.
Day 3: Boat Day
After breakfast meet your guide and head to the Portofino port to set sail for the romantic Cinque Terre, the five legendary hanging villages strung like jewels along the verdant, rugged, Ligurian coast. You will stop for lunch at Belforte, set atop an old fortress in Vernazza, one of the more unique and charming of the Cinque Terre. On your final evening, have dinner at Da U Batti, set in a narrow alleyway behind Portofino’s piazzetta.
Where To Stay
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Belmond Hotel Splendido
Set above the harbor of Portofino, Hotel Splendido exemplifies timeless elegance and pampering with a staff that makes every guest feel immediately at home.
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Belmond Hotel Splendido Mare
Occupying prime real estate in the center of the harbor’s piazzetta, Splendido Mare is a small boutique hotel among the buzzy restaurants and cafés of Portofino
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