Best Things To Do in Portofino, Italy

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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Must see places in Portofino ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Portofino and point of interests to visit.

  1. # 1 of 20 Things To Do in Portofino | Added 994 times in trip plans
    Area Marina Protetta Di Portofino

    Tags: Outdoors, Tour, Adventure

    Address: Camogli, Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, 16032 GE, Italy

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 int...Read more

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    Castello Brown

    Tags: Tour, Castle

    Address: Via alla Penisola, 13, 16034 Portofino GE, Italy

    Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    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 e...Read more

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    Chiesa San Giorgio

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    Address: Salita S. Giorgio, 16034 Portofino GE, Italy

    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 ...Read more

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    Chiesa Di San Martino

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Salita della Chiesa, 16034 Portofino GE, Italy

    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 18...Read more

  5. # 5 of 20 Things To Do in Portofino | Added 20 times in trip plans
    Piazza Martiri Dell' Olivetta Image
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    Tags: Restaurant, Square

    Address: Piazza Martiri dell' Olivetta, 16034 Portofino GE, Italy

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 ...Read more

  6. # 6 of 20 Things To Do in Portofino | Added 122 times in trip plans
    Bar Morena

    Tags: Bar, Food And Drinks, Adults

    Address: Piazza Martiri dell'Olivetta, 22, 16034 Portofino GE, Italy

    Timings: 07:30 am - 11:59 pm Details

    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 wee...Read more

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    Galleria D'Arte Portofino

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Gallery, Exhibition

    Address: Piazza Martiri dell'Olivetta, 16034 Portofino GE, Italy

    Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    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 ...Read more

  8. # 8 of 20 Things To Do in Portofino | Added 2 times in trip plans
    Seafront Portofino Image
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    Address: Piazza Martiri dell'Olivetta, 16, 16034 Portofino GE, Italy

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    Samuel Chong

    Over priced, Small Plates, Not Tasty, No Friendly service.

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    Faro Di Punta Di Portofino Image
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    Address: 16034 Portofino, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy

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    Alan King

    Definitely worth the walk around to the lighthouse. Very nice walking track between between the houses to get there. Well signed plus a cafe at the end to reward those who make the trek up 😃...

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    Oratorio Di Nostra Signora Assunta

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    Address: Oratorio di Nostra Signora Assunta, Portofino, Genoa, Italy

    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 pl...Read more

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    Mussini Giorgio & C. SNC Image
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    Address: Calata Marconi 38

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    Ufficio Locale Marittimo Di Portofino Image
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    Address: Calata Marconi 48

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    Teatrino Comune Di Portofino Image
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    Address: Vicolo Dritto 16

  15. # 15 of 20 Things To Do in Portofino
    Carabinieri Image
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    Address: Via del Fondaco 3

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    Corso Italia

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Villa del Principe

    Piazza del Principe 4

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Caffè Defilla

    Corso Garibaldi 4

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Piazza San Matteo

    Piazza San Matteo

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Ponte Monumentale

    Corso Andrea PodestĂ , Genoa

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Forte Sperone

    Via del Peralto

    Historic and Protected Sites
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  • Galleria Museo Rizzi

    Via Cappuccini 4

    Museums
  • Museo Giannettino Luxoro

    Viale Mafalda di Savoia 3

    Museums
  • Museo Del Risorgimento

    Via Lomellini 11

    Museums
  • Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria

    Via Brigata Liguria 9

    Museums
  • Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola

    Piazza di Pellicceria 1

    Museums
  • Raccolta Frugone

    Via Capolungo 9

    Museums
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  • La Citta dei Bambini

    Magazzini del Cotone/Porto Antico 16

    Amusement Parks
  • Costa Edutainment SPA

    Piazza Cavour Camillo 1

    Amusement Parks
  • Costa Edutainment SPA

    Via XII Ottobre 2

    Amusement Parks
  • Costa Edutainment SPA

    Amusement Parks Landmarks
  • Piccoli Pesti SAS

    Via Giorgio Canale 15

    Landmarks Bars Amusement Parks
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  • Bar Morena

    Piazza Martiri dell'Olivetta 22

    Bars Cafes, Coffee and Tea Houses Restaurants
  • Ristorante Portobello

    Via Portobello 16

    Italian Seafood Bars
  • MilleLire

    Via XXV aprile 149

    Restaurants Bars
  • Bar Festival

    Via Boccardo Gerolamo 6

    Cafes, Coffee and Tea Houses Bars Restaurants
  • Miami Cafè

    Piazza Martiri della LibertĂ  29

    Bars Cafes, Coffee and Tea Houses Italian
  • Exultate

    Piazza Lavagna 15R

    Pizza Bars
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  • Ente Parco Dell'Aveto

    Via Marrè Carlo 75

    Natural Parks
  • Ente Parco di Portofino

    Viale Rainusso 1

    Natural Parks
  • Ente Parco Aveto

    Via Roma 47

    Natural Parks
  • Villetta di Negro

    Piazzale Mazzini 4

    Natural Parks
  • Area Marina Protetta Portofino

    Viale Rainusso 1

    Natural Parks
  • Ente Parco Aveto- Miniera Gambatesa

    LocalitĂ  Piandifieno

    Natural Parks
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  • Acquasola Recinto Cani

    Viale IV Novembre

    Dog Parks
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  • Spiaggia di Camogli

    Via della Repubblica

    Beaches
  • Spiaggia di Riva Trigoso

    Beaches
  • Bagni Benvenuto

    Corso Italia 7

    Beaches
  • Spiaggia di Sestri Levante

    Via Vittorio Veneto

    Beaches
  • BeachPack

    Via M.DISMA 87

    Beaches
  • Spiaggia di Sturla

    Beaches
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  • Caccia e Pesca di Figone Roberta SNC

    Via Annuti Vittorio 12

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Rocchi & C. SAS di Renzo Rocchi

    Corso Europa 259

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Club Cacciatori Castellaccio

    Mura delle Chiappe 44

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Italia Fishing SRL

    Via Fortunato Vinelli 38

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Unione Cacciatori Staglieno Sottosezione Federaz.Ital.Caccia

    Via Superiore del Veilino 34

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Casa Del Pescatore SAS

    Viale Brigate Partigiane 13

    Hunting and Fishing
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  • Aero Club Albatros

    Regione Borgata Barbato 20

    Skydiving
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  • Centro Sportivo Polivalente Sant'Eusebio

    Via Rocche di Bavari 1

    Stadiums and Arenas Football
  • Stadio Carlini

    Via Vernazza 31

    Stadiums and Arenas
  • Stadio Comunale

    Via Gastaldi

    Stadiums and Arenas
  • Piazza Pallavicini

    Stadiums and Arenas
  • Palestra SE.DI

    Stadiums and Arenas
  • Stadio Luigi Ferraris

    Corso de Stefanis

    Stadiums and Arenas
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