"Picturesque Portofino" Portofino by TRimer

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Perched on Italy's northwest coast, Portofino is one of the most perfect, most photogenic fishing ports in the Mediterranean. Portofino means "port of the dolphins". Home to the exclusive Hotel Splendido, Portofino has been a magnet for Europe's beau monde, from Rex Harrison to Elizabeth Taylor, for decades.

The lifestyle is mellow, hang out on the beach, go for a sail or a cruise on your yacht, and take some time to enjoy the local cuisine and wines. Restaurants and bistros dot the streets offering excellent fare for visitors. Take a stroll up to the church San Giorgio for a spectacular view of the harbor. For the more industrious, there are many nearby opportunities for exploring: olive orchards, vineyards, isolated fishing villages, and be sure to walk the spectacular cliffside path to the isolated abbey of St. Fruttuoso, just outside of Portofino.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great picture taking
  • Cons:Not much to do. Expensive shops and restaurants.
  • In a nutshell:Bring Your Camera
  • Last visit to Portofino: Oct 1999
  • Intro Updated Feb 15, 2005
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  • sprdak11's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2005 at 11:39 AM

    Nice tips and pictures! Greetings from Poland!

  • MATIM's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2004 at 4:47 AM

    Hi thank for the info,, I am in Italy right now and want to spend some time In Portofino

  • Mez77's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2003 at 4:35 PM

    Great page...what a lovely place to visit. One day hopefully!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2003 at 9:46 AM

    Portofino is in fact a must, when visiting Italy ! Great to see another Portofino-page ! Good infos about the famous Splendido-hotel, but I'm sure 1 night there is like MY budget for 10 days in Italy all-inclusive...

  • cbeaujean's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2003 at 10:13 AM

    awfully right,if you do there only one thing,have a stroll on the path to san fruttuoso!


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