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travelling to portofino from genoa

by barzeev

will it be worthwhile to rent a car or use other transportation to portofino from genoa airport. we plan to be one week in portofino. how much will it cost to use the ferry? that is to get around cinque terre and the entire area?

Re: travelling to portofino from genoa

by leics

The nearest station to Portofino is Santa Maria Ligure, around 30 minutes by train from Genoa. From there you will need bus 82:


or taxi to Portofino (it's not too far).

The CT villages are all easily accessible by train.

There is a shuttle bus to Genoa station from the airport. Info and timetable here:


You can find train times, details and fares in English here:


You can ferry timetables and rates in English here;


Re: travelling to portofino from genoa

by Manara

Finding a parking place in that area is a bit of a nightmare, so you'd better use the public transports suggested in leics's posting.

Re: travelling to portofino from genoa

by travelgourmet

If you are going to be in Portofino, then renting a car is very expensive for parking in Portofino, a no car port town. If you are staying in Santa Margherita Ligure, many of the hotels do not charge for parking, and there is more to offer from Santa Margherita in a week. You can go to Portofino for a drive of only a few minutes and stay as long during the day or night as you wish, but there is a big difference in price between Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure. My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Regina Elena with an excellent view of the bay, close to town, no parking fee and free access to beach. See their website: http://www.reginaelena.it/en/home-page.aspx

Travel Tips for Portofino


by call_me_rhia

Portofino is a very postcard-charming small village (500 inhabitants) with the reputation of being very fashionable. It really must be the world’s smallest tourist spot of such importance. It’s located 36 km east of Genoa and stands in a protected bay in the Tigullio Gulf.

The name, apparently, has a very old origin.it is said that it derives from the name of a village that used to be found in this locaton during the Roman Empire: Portus Delphini, the dolphin’s port, because the Gulf used to be inhabited by tghose creatures. Portofino has narrow lanes, a small pebbled square and colourful houses, leaning one against another – like the typical Ligurian fishing village it used to be. But now, instead of fishermen, you are most likely to find VIP lounging around in their huge yachts.

Famous people that have links with Portofino include kings (Richard Lionheart), popes (Gregory XI), writers (Guy de Maupassant) and inventors (Guglielmo Marconi)

the windows are fake! :)

by kinkers

When you see the pictures, you must look closely at the buidlings and window frames. It took me a while to figure out "why does this place remind me of disneyland?". Eventually, we figured out that we were looking at flat buildings with painted window frames and shadows, to make it look like they were actual structural window frames! The attached pic shows. On the right you can see there is nothing sticking out for a widow frame. But on the left side facing you, it realy looks like there is!. I was pretty impressed because i'm so simple. :) The view from the castello brown. Go there, watch the people in their boats sunbathing in the little cove. makes you want to be there.

the harbour


Portofino is a small village that you can easily walk around in two hour.
I don’t advice you to sit on a terrace on less you have lots of money to spend cause everything you order is very expensive.

The old castle

by globetrott

The old castle had great strategic importance since times of the roman empire, as from there the whole bay of La Spezia + the Ligurian Coast could be seen and approaching enemies had no chance to land on the coast undetected.

from Santa Margherita to Portofino


Portofino is car free, we drove along a narrow road from Santa Margherita Ligure, we had to be careful for all the walkers, cyclists and cars that drove towards us.
This is the only way you can enter Portofino, that is situated on a peninsula.
Entering Portofino there is one parking garage where you can park your car for €5,-- an hour.


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