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Things to do in Portofino + the Italian Riviera

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Portofino + the Italian Riviera. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Portofino + the Italian Riviera attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Portofino + the Italian Riviera to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Portofino + the Italian Riviera.

  • Bar Morena

    Portofino's social scene revolves around Piazza Martiri dell'Olivetta—known simply as La Piazzetta—where A-listers and celebrity-watchers meet. At ... More
  • Castello Brown

    Follow the pathway up the Salita di San Giorgio, past the yellow Church of San Giorgio, to the 16th-century castle, named after a British consul in... More
  • Chuflay

    Head to the terrace for a drink under the stars. Cocktails, such as the pomegranate-and-spumante Tintoretto, are served at candlelit tables beneath... More
  • Excelsior, Portofino

    Yacht and villa owners come to the 1970's-style Excelsior for the town's signature cocktail: a mix of pineapple, gin, and curaçao. But the bar is b... More
  • Gelateria Cavassa

    The place in Recco for outstanding gelato. More
  • Il Bar Perla

    Make yourself at home at this lively bar where the spirited barkeeps Paola and Lori bring out glasses of Prosecco. More
  • La Piazzetta, Portofino

    Italian brands from Gucci to Pucci tout their latest collections of beach, cruise, and yachting wear in the tiny boutiques lining Portofino's Piazz... More
  • Mingo

    The unpretentious boutique sells moccasins, ballet slippers, and bejeweled sandals crafted by Tuscan artisans from original thirties, forties, and ... More
  • Museo del Parco

    Wander round the verdant pathways of the open-air sculpture park on the hillside above the port; it's home to works by more than 100 contemporary a... More
  • Seghezzo

    The wooden shelves of this traditional gastronomy store in nearby Santa Margherita are stacked with area delicacies, such as scented Ligurian olive... More
  • Villa Durazzo Pallavicini

    The park has beautiful trees and shrubs, in particular the camellias, which date back to the garden’s inception in 1840. More

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