January 29, 2018

Italian Riviera and Portofino

Walking tour Portofino and Santa Margherita

Where is Portofino?

Portofino is located on the Italian Riviera in Liguria, between the city of Genoa and Cinque Terre. It is an ancient village whose origins date back to the pre-roman age. In fact the name Portofino comes from the "port of the people of Delphi": Greek trade people travelling on the sea from the Magna Grecia to the city of Marseille.  The small protected bay of Portofino was perfect to rest and repair ships during a thunderstorm.

 

Why is Portofino so famous?

The modern story of Portofino begins in the 30’s, when Portofino together with Santa Margherita became the headquarter of the German Wehrmacht.  When the Germans were forced to escape from Italy, in 1945 Hitler ordered to destroy every military site.  Portofino was saved by the brave Jeany Watts, a Scottish lady married to a German diplomatic and living in Portofino during world war 2.

Some years later, with Grace Kelly Hollywood discovered Portofino. Many movie stars spent and spend fabulous days in  Portofino. Frank Sinatra performed in Portofino in 1987.

What to see in Portofino

With a guided tour of Portofino you can reach the Church of Saint George and the small tiny cemetery with the best view of Portofino.  The famous square where the stars walked. The story telling of Portofino is really interesting and full of details.

Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure

Together with Portofino you can also visit Santa Margherita, which is maybe less popular but also worth of a visit. Best thing is to arrive to Santa Margherita Ligure from the sea, and remaining deeply impressed by the openness and vitality of its port: it still evokes the historical relationship between the town and the sea catalysing the social and economic life. Visit the centre of Santa Margherita with the incredible “Basilica” nestled in the heart of the town, the Church of Santa Margherita d'Antiochia dominates the main square. Construction began in 1658, building a new Baroque church upon the remains of an earlier 13th-century chapel.

DETAILS

PAX NUMBER

1-50

LENGTH

7 Hours

DROP OFF AND DROP ON

Rapallo highway exit or Rapallo boat Terminal

INCLUDED

English speaking guide

TARGET

Everyone

PRICE

From 220 Euro each guided tour

COMBINE YOUR TOUR WITH

CAMOGLI

Enjoy the enchanting view of the fishermens village Camogli, close to Portofino

HIKING TO PORTOFINO

Choose one of the nice trails accross the park

SO CLOSE TO GENOA

Combine a visit of Genoa and Portofino

FROM PORTOFINO TO CINQUE TERRE

With a private or pubblic boat for a daily trip to Cinque Terre