In Liguria there is a place you will never forget if you visit, sheltered in the Tigullio Gulf, dotted with colourful houses and cradled by the sweet sound of the waves. Want to go? Here is what not miss.
According to Pliny The Elder, Portofino town, in the region of Liguria, in a bay at the foot of the homonymous promontory, was founded during the Roman times, and was known as Portus Delphini, probably because the Tigullio Gulf, was populated by dolphins.
It is now one of the most beautiful places on Earth and with one of the most famous squares in the world: the Piazzetta di Portofino. Originally a quiet territory where monks found the peace and quiet for a contemplative life, the Gulf was transformed in the Sixties when Portofino became a hot spot for movie stars and VIP’s .
There are many ‘must-sees’, but you can't miss the Oratorio di N.S. Assunta, which dates back to 1300. It's right at the end of Via Roma towards the Piazzetta on the right. Visit also the Brown Castle surrounded by a beautiful garden and a terrace with a beautiful view of Portofino. Perfect if you are looking for tranquility. It was built around 1000 in a dominant position so to watch over the entrance of the bay and now is often used for exhibitions. You are going to need to walk for about 15 minutes to reach it. The Church of San Giorgio (San Giorgio Church) is dedicated to the dragon-slaying hero of legend.
San Giorgio's Church
It dates back to 1100 but it was rebuilt in 1950 after the bombs of II World War destroyed it that dates back. You can visit it walking up from the Piazzetta. If you keep walking from there you will encounter the Portofino lighthouse, a very romantic walk that offers a beautiful view.
Portofino's lighthouse, 1949
And of course there is the beautiful Piazzetta that is the heart of Portofino life.
Foodwise, Portofino has the best focacceria ever - the typical bread that is done everywhere in Italy but originates from here - Panificio Canale. Trattoria Concordia (Via del Fondaco, 5) is your place if you need good food (the primi are great), nice people and a cosy restaurant.
Portofino's view by the sea
And for your stay, pick one of the most refined hotels in Portofino, situated uphill, the 8Night (http://portofino.eighthotels.it/, Via del Fondaco 11) just 3 minutes walk from the Piazzetta.
Portofino's view by night
Written by Elisa della Barba
The classic version of Light Blue Perfume by Dolce&Gabbana has just been re-edited in a limited edition dedicated to Portofino.
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