Portofino, Italy

Coming down the mountainside cliff from Hotel Splendido, I could barely believe my eyes. We had made our way down through the forest green pathway on the wiggly roads and came upon some houses with old world charm.  This was the type of place that you would say to yourself, “I could live here.” “This is Portofino, Italy.” Portofino is a small Ligurian fishing village in which no new houses have been build since 1935. The pretty pink and yellow houses with the perfectly painted shutters retain an old-world charm.  Peaking thru to the bustling harbor all offset by the staggering scenery, it makes for an irresistible retreat, and one that over the years has attracted writer Truman Capote and the glamorous Hollywood stars, including Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable from back in another time.  O, sure, Beyonce and Jay-Z come here, but they don’t really belong!


Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

This is the place to see and be seen by the world’s rich and famous.  As their staff park these multi-million dollar yachts out in the harbor, they jet set in for a quick lunch at

La Critta – An American Bar.

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

The charming Piazzetta is lined with cafés, while the main street, Via Roma, glitters with designer boutiques and artists’ workshops.  Louie and Chanel both live here!

Portofino, Italy

Painting of Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

We sat there with our glasses of wine admiring the boats coming in and going out of the harbor, I think I could sit here all day and just people watch. Being here is like a fairytale movie set in Hollywood, as the staggering beauty makes you gasp and it is hard to believe that this is real.

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

I’ll leave you with the daydreaming of your next trip here.

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy: How to get there

Fly into Genoa, Italy.  Be sure and take a day or two in this old world city, then rent a car and make your way up to Nervi, a real working city and drive along the coast till you reach Santa Margherita.  Stay here, as it is a much more economical city and beautiful in its own right.  From here you can either drive into Portofino or if you are ready to ditch the car, you can take public transportation (a bus) up to Portofino, just be sure and ask the driver where to get off.  Plan a full days outing for here so that you can relax and take it all in.  There is not that much to do here other than gawk.


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Disclosure:  The writer believes in full disclosure and wanted to let you know that this trip was provided by Hotel Splendido.  As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with accommodations, meals, and other compensation. There are affiliate links in this article.