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Things to do in Portofino

This town may be pricey, but the photo ops and scenery are fabulous and free. From outdoor activities to art and culture, you won’t have a problem figuring out what to do in Portofino. Follow the pathway up the Salita di San Giorgio, past the yellow Church of San Giorgio, to the Castello Brown, a 16th-century castle, named after a British consul in Genoa, Montague Yeats Brown. After you catch your breath, this is the best place to take spectacular photographs of the town. Happily, the best things to do in Portofino also get you your exercise. Museo del Parco is an open-air sculpture park sits on the hillside above the port, and is home to works by more than 100 contemporary artists, from Giò Pomodoro to Lucio Fontana.

Italian brands tout their latest collections of beach, cruise and yachting wear in the tiny boutiques lining Portofino's Piazza Martiri dell'Olivetta and surrounding streets. If that’s too glitzy for you, different sorts of treasures abound on Via Romo at Mingo, an unpretentious boutique that sells moccasins, ballet slippers, and bejeweled sandals crafted by Tuscan artisans. If three meals are not enough culinary exposure, foodies can still find enticing things to do in Portofino. Take your appetite to Seghezzo, and head to Santa Margherita, where the wooden shelves of this traditional gastronomy store are stacked with delicacies such as scented Ligurian olive oil and quince-jam pie.

  • 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
  • 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
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