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Portofino is an elegant and famous resort in a spectacular setting overlooking the bay of Tigullio in Liguria. For decades it has been a favored destination of the jet set, attracted by the town's unrivaled location in a secluded inlet surrounded by slopes covered in cypress and olive groves. It's a compact and picturesque town that also offers the ideal base for hiking along the scenic coast trails or snorkeling and scuba diving in the clear waters of the bay. Whether you are looking for high-end options or more economical accommodation, online travel specialist venere.com can find the best value Portofino hotels. Book your Portofino accommodation in advance with Venere and look forward to joining the in crowd on the streets of this refined resort.
What's Portofino Like?
Portofino established itself as a celebrity escape in the heyday of Hollywood, attracting stars ranging from Humphrey Bogart to Sophia Loren. It still attracts a celebrity crowd, many of them cruising in on their luxury yachts. The setting is spectacular and the town has a tasteful elegance, characterized by the luxurious stores that cluster around the harbor. The 16th-century Castello Brown fortress is reached by a winding and attractive path up from the waterfront. Portofino has a number of hiking trails heading along the coast, some skirting cliff-tops or heading through olive plantations. For divers, the bronze statue of Christ of the Abyss, submerged around 55 feet down in the bay between Portofino and Camogli, is an irresistible attraction. A popular excursion from Portofino is the walk or boat trip to the 8th-century abbey on the waterfront at San Fruttuoso, with the beach encroaching on the ancient porticoes. Portofino hotels offer an ideal base on this stretch of the Ligurian coast.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Portofino
Portofino is used to English-speaking visitors, so language is unlikely to be a problem in the town. It's a resort that is accustomed to dealing with affluent guests and many of its restaurants are aimed at that type of clientele. You don't have to be a celebrity to visit Portofino, but it helps if you dress well when dining in the town's elegant establishments. Cuisine here offers some of the finest Ligurian specialties, with seafood dishes and local mussels prominent on most menus. The local Cinque Terre wines are a suitable accompaniment. Check the amenities of Portofino hotels using the venere.com guest reviews feature, offering candid and accurate ratings. Our website highlights photos and sample room layouts to help you choose your perfect Portofino accommodation.