Postcards from Portofino

Postcards from Portofino

While you may not be able to visit us at the moment, we bring you Portofino’s most picture-perfect places to help you plan your next trip to the Italian Riviera. Whether you’re a nature lover or have earned your nautical stripes, our pretty village on the sea awaits your arrival…

Explore La Piazzetta

Our famous town square, La Piazzetta is the beating heart of Portofino life and overlooks the main harbour and its traditional fishing boats bobbing on the water. Surrounded by art galleries, cafes, restaurants and boutiques, you’ll find the life and soul of the village just here.


Live la Dolce Vita at the Hotel Splendido

Perhaps Portofino’s most renowned hotel, the Splendido embodies classic Italian glamour. Situated on the site of a 16th century monastery, its bright, airy rooms have unbeatable views of the harbour that have been enjoyed by everyone from Winston Churchill to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Take a hike in Portofino Regional Park

Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Portofino’s Regional Park with a walk through the north Tyrrhenian coast’s nature reserve. Overlooking the sparkling blue waters of the Ligurian Sea, you can explore its woodlands, flora, fauna and olive groves - and spy the medieval Abbey of San Fruttuoso di Capodimonte in its secluded bay below.

Stop for a coffee at Caffè Excelsior

This 100 year old bistro is the perfect pit stop for a coffee or gelato break. It has previously played host to visitors including Greta Garbo, Frank Sinatra and Brigitte Bardot, and is known locally as the birthplace of the Negroni.

Set sail into the sunset

You can’t visit Portofino without a private tour on one of our traditional wooden boats. Take in the village from an entirely new perspective as you cruise the coastline, stopping for a swim in the crystal clear waters in one of the secluded coves en route.

Visit the Cervara Abbey

A National Monument of Italy, the beautiful Cervara Abbey is situated between Santa Margherita and Portofino. This ancient monastery was built in 1361, and whilst it is now privately owned, you can take a guided tour of the stunning grounds, including its 16th century cloisters and the only preserved Italian Renaissance-style garden on the Riviera.

Eat at the Taverna del Marinaio

After busy days sightseeing, you’ll be dying to tuck into traditional Italian seafood and pasta dishes at this classic taverna overlooking the marina on the Piazzetta. Make sure you grab an outside table - it’s the perfect spot for people watching on the bustling square.

Sip on cocktails at the Chuflay Bar

There’s nothing quite like a sundowner at the Chuflay Bar & Restaurant at the very heart of Portofino, with its terrace bordering the Piazzetta. Watch the twinkling lights of the yachts in the harbour whilst enjoying an evening nightcap. The drink of choice? A Portofino G&T, of course.

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