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Portofino

A jewel of the Italian Riviera, Portofino has managed to retain its traditional fishing village roots despite becoming a fashionable resort and sometime playground of authors and film stars.

Founded by the Romans, this beautiful town in Genoa, north-west Italy, has a history that reaches back at least as far as the eleventh century. A natural harbour afforded Portofino prosperity as a fishing village, and today the town's picturesque semi-circular waterfront, backed by a jumble of pastel pink or yellow houses above which a tree-clad hillside rises, provides visitors with a truly memorable image, and especially when approached by boat.

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Portofino
Regional Travel Offer
4.0 stars(35 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulSepOct
9 days from
£1,199 pp
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9 days from
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  • DestinationFrance, Italy
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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The Italian Riviera
22/Oct
S Williams
4 stars
“A very enjoyable holiday, spent with a lovely supportive group of fellow travellers and led by an extremely enthusiastic and helpful tour guide in James. Beautiful scenery, with plenty of interesting places to visit on our excursions. However, it involved a lot of walking and some places had lots of steps to negotiate with steep climbs. Day 1 from London to Turin was a very long one and the journey from Paris to Turin was particularly grewelling. We didn’t finish dinner until 11:15pm that evening. The transfer of luggage on this particular holiday is a very important consideration, and those with small suitcases had fewer problems. In hindsight those that had taken a larger suitcase between them as a couple would have been far better in taking a smaller one each. The staff at the Stella del mare hotel in Chiavari where we were based for the majority of the time were lovely, and the breakfast waitress couldn’t do enough for us. It was in a good location for our excursions. Dinner is not served at the hotel as inclusive on free days, which was somewhat disappointing as we found it difficult to find somewhere else to eat at that time of the season. There were issues at the hotel in Nice concerning dietary intolerances/preferences which could potentially have been fatal. The hotel in Turin was of a higher standard than the others. Although we were only based there for one night, it would have been preferable to have maintained this standard for the duration of the holiday. This was our first European trip with Rail Discoveries, and it was a very pleasant experience overall. We are now looking forward to deciding where to go with them next. Sue & Andrew - Selsey, West Sussex.
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The natural beauty of Portofino's location - the peninsula upon which the town sits has been a protected National Park since 1935 - began to attract tourists from Italy's aristocracy at the end of the nineteenth century. By the middle of the twentieth century tourist revenue had become Portofino's primary source of income, no doubt aided by the town's association with holidaymaking stars such as Cary Grant, Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor and Rex Harrison.

Whilst Portofino's popularity with visitors remains undiminished, the town has not succumbed to the excesses of tourism and even today retains its traditional charm and atmosphere. Best explored on foot, Portofino rewards its guests with historic buildings, stunning views, superb cafes and restaurants and a host of attractions to provide a destination that is simply unforgettable.

Castello Brown

Now a museum, Portofino's sixteenth-century defensive castle occupies a strategic position on a promontory that overlooks the town and bay, offering outstanding views. The castle is surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean flower gardens, whilst inside exhibits include a gallery of photographs of the many Hollywood stars and other notable people who have stayed in Portofino.

Church of San Giorgio

Built in the Romanesque architectural style in 1154, the simple but beautiful Church of San Giorgio, dedicated to the patron saint of Portofino, is reached via steps and a winding lane from the harbour. The church is notable for its mosaic-tiled pathway, bronze doors and for its small cemetery, richly planted with orchids, cyclamen and other flowers.

Paraggi Beach

Although a popular holiday resort Portofino does not possess a beach of its own, but visitors wishing to relax in the sun and top up their tans need only head a few minutes along the coast to the romantic and secluded Paraggi Beach, reputedly one of the finest beaches in Italy.

Parco di Portofino

The very best way to appreciate the diverse natural beauty, flora and fauna of Portofino and its surrounding countryside is to follow any of the numerous and well-defined hiking trails of Portofino's National Park.

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