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A peninsula village with celebrity status
Holidays in Portofino promise a charming and inspiring break set on the picture perfect coast of North West Italy. Colourful townhouses line an impossibly blue harbour filled with yachts, while the forested hills of the Alps dominate the skyline. Here on the Italian Riviera, restaurants line the waterfront, waiting for visitors to indulge in homemade pasta or local wine. Portofino offers the perfect location for couples looking for a sophisticated and elegant retreat, where food, beautiful scenery and architectural delights are waiting to be uncovered.
Hop on a boat to explore the beautiful coastline and waters of the Portofino Regional Natural Park, or head south to Cinque Terre, where colourful, centuries-old villages and vineyards are waiting to be explored. For those who like to be active, grab your hiking shoes and walk around the peninsula to reach the impressive San Fruttuoso Abbey. Boasting gorgeous views, this 10th Century abbey is full of history and stunning architecture.
Luxury holidays in Portofino provide a taste of Italian glamour - from stylish, harbourside restaurants to high end shopping, this colourful town is packed with elegance and atmosphere. Portofino is renowned for its pesto, focaccia bread and first class seafood dishes, so this is a true haven for foodies. Spend your days exploring the boutiques and lanes of the town, overlooking the Italian Riviera with a glass of wine in hand or enjoying the beautiful Natural Park by boat. Or, opt to head to the city of Genoa, which is just 45 minutes away and home to bustling piazzas, elegant palaces and interesting museums.
A variety of luxury hotels call Portofino home, but Belmond Hotel Splendido provides a world class stay, where the likes of Winston Churchill and Marlon Brando have enjoyed their visit. Chic and elegant, and nestled in a picturesque garden, Belmond Hotel Splendido offers stunning views over Portofino. It also treats its guests to gourmet cuisine, a stunning sea view swimming pool and a luxurious spa and sauna centre.
Direct flights from the UK to Genoa (usually the best airport for Liguria) take approximately two hours.
Transfer time from Genoa airport to Portofino is approximately 1 hour.
Summer is a fantastic time to visit Liguria – temperatures can reach 30 degrees, and the coastline (particularly the colourful villages of the Cinque Terre) looks particularly lovely when the sun is shining. May, September and October are also great times to visit, with temperatures in the early 20s – ideal for walks along the coastal paths. From April to October, while the weather is pleasant, boats run up and down the coast stopping off various towns and villages along the way.
British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.
When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.