Sailing along the glorious Italian Riviera coastline, it’s easy to miss Portofino, the perfect fishing village tucked away in a beautiful tree-sheltered bay just south of Genoa. However its pastel-coloured houses, overlooking the harbour lined with super-yachts, is a gem waiting to be discovered.
Chic boutiques and fabulous seafood restaurants fringe the small, cobbled Portofino Piazzetta.[ReadMoreMob] A path leads from the square to the imposing Castello Brown, a 16th century fortress that towers over a gorgeous hanging garden. Its museum has art exhibitions and offers panoramic views of the Ligurian Sea. The 12th century Church of San Giorgio – Portofino’s patron saint, and the lighthouse on Punta del Capo both merit a visit, and also offer unspoilt views of the bay.
Arriving at Portofino via the warm, aquamarine waters surrounding the peninsula is an unforgettable experience in itself. Little wonder so many artists, celebrities and members of the ‘jet-set’ dock their expensive yachts here every summer. A drink by Portofino's harbour or a stroll around its designer shops provides a rich slice of the good life.
As Portofino is a famous fishing village, a trip here would not be complete without seeing the fishermen in action. Walk along the harbour, see the beautiful fishing boats and watch the fishermen bring in the day’s catch, using their unique fishing techniques. And of course, you’ll want to try the seafood once it’s cooked too.
Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino
This park has one of the highest concentrations of plant life in the Mediterranean. Created in 1935, the park offers beatiful natural scenes.
Cruises to Portofino
Departs: Liverpool • Thu 02 Sep 2021
24 nights • Black Watch • W2121
- Embark on a voyage of discovery packed with typical experiences associated with some of Italy’s most beautiful and inspirational regions, towns and cities.
- Immerse yourself in the beauty and romance of the Amalfi Coast; be charmed by the Italian Riviera; and head to Tuscany, for tours to legendary Pisa or beautiful Florence.
- Elsewhere, there’s a rare visit to Milazzo on the gorgeous shores of Sicily; and calls at Civitavecchia – gateway to Rome, the Sardinian city of Olbia, and Roman-influenced Salerno.
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