Portofino Travel Guide

Posh and picturesque, this little fishing village on the Italian Riviera is dazzling even if you’re not on a jet-setter budget. Travel to Portofino —which has been a playground for the rich and famous since the 19th century—and you’ll get photo ops of the cliffs of Santa Margherita, the azure Ligurian Sea, the charming port, and Portofino’s landmark castle. But when you visit Portofino, you’ll also get some world-class people watching and, beyond the glitz, an excellent launching pad for uncovering the area’s local traditions in the nearby villages. Explore this Portofino travel guide to plan your trip here:

Things Not to Miss in Portofino

• Stroll the harbor
 • Take the hike uphill to Chiesa di San Giorgio
 • See the gorgeous gardens and hilltop views from Castello Brown
 • Take in the views (and ogle the fancy homes above) from the Faro lighthouse and Punta Portofino
 • Sample a “tintoretto,” a cocktail of pomegranate and spumante
 • Shop—or at least window shop—around La Piazzetta

When to Go to Portofino

Summer is the prime Portofino travel season—and in some ways the only season. With the exception of Easter, some shops and restaurants along the Italian Riviera close early, or completely shut down during the off-season. Spring and summer also bring the natural advantages of blooming flora and warm seawater for swimming.

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