There is a lot to do in Portofino if you are ready to take in a completely different type of an experience. First, exploring the Italian Riviera never gets old. The Marina Bay here is so beautiful that you can spend hours gazing deep into the sea. To explore more, you can take ferry rides from here and also go for yachting tours. Swimming and fishing is also permitted although quite a bit of caution is advised.
Apart from this, walking around the city exploring its churches and simple yet enriching history is one of the best things to do while in Portofino. You should visit all the three churches and explore the different history that has gone into making them.
You should also try out the authentic pizzas, pastas, gelato as well as various other Italian delicacies such as the tiramisu, risotto and ravioli at the cafes here, your stomach and tongue will thank you forever. Another thing to do here is to visit the Castello Brown which is located at a slight hike and is one of the best places to get a panoramic view of the city.
Although, not exactly frequented by tourists you can also walk down a little from the hill and access the beautiful lighthouse of Portofino. Around this area, you will also find a conserved national park looking area which has a variety of flora and fauna for you to explore on your walking track. If you want to go to the beach, then just go to the road that connects Portofino to Saint Martin and there are a lots of beaches on this particular stretch.
If you feel the city is too small for you and you have a lot of days, then exploring the Ligurian coast is not a bad idea either. You can take the ferry and get to any of the places located nearby on the Riviera to get a completely fulfilling experience. Alternatively, you can also go explore the artistic side of Portofino by visiting its famous gallery and analyzing the beautiful paintings housed inside the churches here.
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What to Do in and around Portofino
Enjoy 8 best Portofino attractions and points of interest to choose from!
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Camogli, Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, 16032 GE, Italy
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Area Marina Protetta Di Portofino is a marine protected natural heritage in Portofino. With the widespread waterbody, this is the main place for natural recreation in the city. The area is divided into three zones, out of which the third one has access to swimming, fishing and various other activities. You can take any of the boat tours of this city to explore the beauty of this region. It was established by the Ministry of Environment in the year 1999 and has been really well maintained ever since. A favorite amongst locals and tourists alike, this place also attracts a lot of fishermen who for a meagre cost can find a variety of fresh fish.
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Via alla Penisola, 13, 16034 Portofino GE, Italy
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
Located at the center of the bay of “Portofino”, this beautiful terrace hosts various exclusive events and is frequented attraction amongst the tourists. There are various marriages, art events and prestigious functions that take place here. People of Portofino describe this place as a dream between sky and sea, and in all honestly it is located right in the center of the two. Situated on a slightly high climb, Castello Brown also provides you an opportunity to get a really nice panoramic view of the entire bay of Portofino.
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Salita S. Giorgio, 16034 Portofino GE, Italy
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The San Giorgio Church or the Chiesa San Giorgio is easily the most prominent church of Portofino. It is a Catholic Church and has gathered a lot of followers ever since its inception. It is believed that this church was built in the year 1154 and the architecture is that of Romanesque style. Although, a reconstruction had to be done after the Second World War, but even then a small chapel was found. The church is dedicated to St George, who was the patron of Portofino and is definitely worth praying at.
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Salita della Chiesa, 16034 Portofino GE, Italy
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Chiesa Di San Martino is a catholic church dedicated to St Martin of Tours. The Church is believed to be constructed in the twelfth century, but the Parish was established somewhere around the year 1848. Situated at a slight elevation, this church provides some breath-taking views of the bay of Portofino and also ensures tranquility in complete solidarity. There are various paintings inside of famous Italian artists that enhance the beauty of the church that is made in Romanesque Lombard style.
Piazza Martiri Dell’Olivetta is the most lively square of Portofino. It is a great place to interact with the locals and you will see a lot of humbleness in this beautiful town. What makes this square even more amazing is its location that is right in front of the mega yachting harbor. With various restaurants and cafes, this place is always bustling with people. The old rustic buildings complement the newly cropped up cafes and restaurants perfectly. It is a great place just to take a stroll at to completely absorb Portofino and understand how laid back and yet how charming this place is.
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Oratorio di Nostra Signora Assunta, Portofino, Genoa, Italy
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Oratory of Our Lady of the Assumption has a very prominent place on the religious and architectural map of Portofino. The biggest highlight of this church is the two large crucifixions that are placed here. One is black in color and the other is white. They weigh about 105 kilograms and 115 kilograms respectively. Apart from this, the history of this place is not very known but it is still a prominent worship place amongst the locals. It has undergone various changes and hence it is very difficult to decipher its original components as well as its initial look. Although the final change in architecture is said to be done in the fifteenth century, but even so the church is fairly new as compared to the other two churches of Portofino.
The food at Portofino is perfect for you to explore the Italian cuisine. Bar Morena Portofino is another such place. It is a highly coveted place, but unfortunately is open only for one day in the week. You can have a great time here with some special drinks and some amazing pizzas and pastas as well as appetizers on a Thursday. Considering it is located in one of the main squares of the city, the food here makes for a great experience as you can stare at the mesmerizing bay as well as the city go by while enjoying your food.
Galleria D’Arte Portofino is one of the only attractions that appeals to an artistic mind in the humble bay town of Portofino. There are various artists whose works have been showcased here and the place boasts of various interesting exhibits- out of which some are permanent and some are temporary. Some of the most coveted artists whose works are housed here are Accardi Angelo, Baratta Luigi, John Bisaz, Cargnel Antonio and various other people.