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Situated in a narrow cove is one of Italy’s most picturesque and enchanting places. Tiny Portofino owes its fame and popularity to its spectacular setting, agreeable climate and lush, luxuriant vegetation. This acclaimed Pearl of the Mediterranean has long been a favorite with celebrities and artists who have come to appreciate the unsurpassed charm and intimacy of the cliff-lined port.
Overlooking the rocky coastline, quaint Portofino surprises with incredible views of the Gulf of Rapallo and the surrounding pine-covered hillsides. High above the village stand the church and fortress of San Giorgio, from where beautiful views extend over the resort and the harbour.
In 1935, the city government of nearby Genoa declared Portofino a national monument. Altering the architecture of any structure requires approval from a committee. Thus, Portofino’s look has changed very little over the past decades.
Bronzed and beautiful visitors enjoy the unique ambiance, chic boutiques and quaint cafés that overlook the small yacht harbor and line the narrow, cobbled streets. Others explore along the coastline, where tiny villages are tucked away in hidden coves.

  • Last visit to Portofino: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated Nov 6, 2006
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    Nov 17, 2006 at 11:52 AM

    Great tips on Portifino. Must admit I have not heard of this town before. Now, I know. Ciao. SL

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