Beautiful sea coast with colorful houses in Portofino, Italy

Cruise to Portofino, Italy

The Italian Riviera's fishing village of Portofino has more to offer than the rows of brightly colored houses that made it famous — this coastal town is also a destination for nature lovers eager to explore. Cruise to Portofino and hike through the Regional Park: Its lushly forested coastal paths look down dramatic cliffsides to the Mediterranean below. Or head to Portofino Marine Reserve, where you can kayak on the crystal-clear waters, taking in views of the quaint village as you paddle by under the weathered cliffs. Then, people-watch in one of Portofino's quaint piazzas, or head to nearby Cervara Abbey, an ancient monastery turned into a terraced garden.
National Language Italian
Currency Accepted Euro (EUR)

Things To Do in Portofino

Promontory in Portofino regional park overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, in Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy Regional Park

Take a Hike

Take a Hike

Grab your hiking boots and get ready for an adventure through Portofino Regional Park. The park is home to an extensive network of lush trails and coastal paths that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. You can hike through this unique environment during both the winter and summer, making it the perfect year-round activity for outdoor enthusiasts.

iew of Church of St. George (1154), Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy Church of St George

Village Views

Village Views

Stretch your legs and climb to the top of the hill above Portofino. Here, you'll come to the Church of St. George, where you can take in sweeping views of the vibrant village below. Continue walking an additional 10 minutes, and you'll find yourself at Castello Brown, which overlooks the stunning bay, making it the premier spot to watch the boats come in and out of the harbor.

Small bay in the natural marine reserve, cala dell'oro, in Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy Marine Reserve

Dive Right In

The Portofino Marine Reserve stretches across the city and is home to a variety of marine life and is a must-see for divers. Cruise to Portofino and explore shipwrecks, natural walls and drop-offs, and come face to face with the flounder and octopus that call this part of the Mediterranean home.

Pesto alla genovese, Ligurian style pesto spaghetti with basil, in an eatery in Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy Pesto Alla Genovese

Local Cuisine

Come hungry to Portofino — home to Ligurian cuisine, the originator of some of Italy's most popular culinary exports. Sample pasta dressed in pesto alla genovese, with basil, pine nuts, cheese and garlic. Try fresh focaccia, eaten here like a pizza straight out of the oven. During your Portofino cruise, sink your teeth into a piece of branzino (European sea bass) baked under a mound of sea salt.

Scarves and fabrics for sale in a shop in Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy Fabrics


Portofino is a dream destination for shopaholics. Luxury boutiques and upscale shops line the streets and piazzas. If buying Gucci or Salvatore Ferragamo in Italy isn't your thing, there are several lesser-known and less expensive shops in Piazza Martiri dell'Olivetta selling beautiful cashmere, which is commonly found in Portofino.

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