Portofino truly is one of the wonders of the world, a pearl enclosed in a Tigullio inlet, surrounded by the woods of the omonym park. The town centre is characterized by a small port in the Golfo dei Delfini (Dolphins' Gulf) which hosts boats and small ships from all over the world, surrounded from peculiarly colored town houses that set the scenery for the famous “Piazzetta” (Little Square), a popular destination among famous personalities, who have showed these breathtaking places to the world. Under the porticos we can find pointed arches, and by the pier are expensive boutiques, precious commercial shops and exclusive restaurants.
Chiesa di San Martino: The first one encounters arriving from Santa Margherita, built during the XII century in romanic-lombard style and completely renovated in the XIX century. Passeggiata a Punta a Capo: If one has got some time to spend, this is a nice path to have a trek in pure nature. Starting from the road on the right side of the port, it takes around half an hour to get to the cape lighthouse: from here one can admire the splendid coast spanning from Sestri Levante to Capo Noli, on the eastern side of Genoa
Chiesa di San Giorgio: Mid XX century reconstruction of a 1154 building that already had passed through several transformations. The church hosts the holy relics of the patron saint, brought here by local sailors partaking in the ancient crusades.
Castello Brown: A defensive bulwark dating back to the middle ages, for a long time this castle has been used for military purposes. It was then strenghtened by Napoleon, and, later on, it became the spectacular house of several private citizens, among who is english consul Yates Brown, while since 1961 the fortress was acquired from the municipality, which turned it into an exposition centre. The castle is surrounded by a mediterranean style garden rich in flowers and pergolas
For trekking enthusiasts: Portofino is the starting location of paths going to Camogli and San Fruttuoso. For further information visit https://portofinotrek.com/module/portofinotrek/trailmap.
HOW TO REACH PORTOFINO
BY CAR: Enter Highway A12 towards Genoa, exit in Rapallo and follow indications to Santa Margherita Ligure first, and to Portofino then. Keep in mind that parking spots in Portofino cost around €6,00/h and that there are very few of them, therefore we sugges you park around Santa Margherita (particularly around dance club Il Covo di Nord-Est) and walk or take a bus from there.
BY TRAIN: From Cavi Railway Station (800 mt from the Hotel), or, in order to have a better flexibility, from Lavagna Railway Station (3,3 km from the Hotel) you can board a train towards Genoa, descending in Santa Margherita Ligure – Portofino Railway Station. From there you can go on foot via a 5 km seaside walk (around 1h), or take a bus (Line 82, €3,00 for the one way trip, €5,00 for the two way trip).