Portofino is a colourful seaside village on the Riviera Levante, located about a 2.5 hour drive from Milan. Tucked in between the surrounding hills and a gorgeous little harbour, the village, with its brightly-coloured houses and quaint alleys is absolutely picture perfect. Probably because of its relative seclusion and its incredible beauty, Portofino has been a favourite vacation spot for the jet-set since the 1950’s. These days, the jet-set moor their stunning yachts in one of the secluded coves along the coast – Madonna and her family were spotted on a yacht just off the Portofino coast not too long ago – leaving the village to the thousands of day-trippers.
Despite the throngs of tourists, it’s hard not to feel drawn by the charms of Portofino. Strolling along the harbour, with its many colourful fishing boats against a backdrop of houses in shades of yellow, pink and orange, I felt like I was walking through a gorgeous painting, albeit one with noisy tourists and designer boutiques. 🙂 With beautiful luxury villas dotting the hillsides surrounding the picturesque harbour, I can imagine why Portofino is a dream getaway for many. Set off with a mild climate and relaxed, friendly people, this little town is one of my favourite spots in the Italian Riviera.
There are various places of interest in the village such as the beautiful Castello Brown and the San Giorgio church. However, Portofino’s main attraction is its picturesque harbour. I spent many moments, sitting at the water’s edge, sipping wine and taking in the sights: the schools of fish in the crystal-clear water, the brightly-coloured boats floating on the glassy surface of the harbour, the charming houses, the boisterous locals, and the fascinating mix of camera-toting tourists and glitterati.
Search for hotels in Portofino (Booking.com).
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