Favorite thing: Yeah, after big expectation we finally arrived to the harbor of Portofino, small and filled with boats, those poor looking and those smelling very rich. The first impression was very positive, of course, since it look alike very much to Cinque Terre places, where we were day before. Portofino is deinatelly very charming place.
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.
Fondest memory: 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 most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Italy:
State Police: 113
Forest Service: 1515
Guardia di Finanza (Customs/Financial Police): 117
Coast guard: 1530
Portofino is tugged away between Genova and the Cinque Terre at the Ligurian Coast.
The highway A 12 runs along the coast from Genova, passed Recco, Rapallo towards Chiavari. An exit is clearly marked to Portofino.
One can also reach Portofino by boat from Camogli or S. Margherita.
Or as many today will do - they arrive by cruise ship and tender right into the heart of Portofino.
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. :)
Fondest memory: 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.
Below few words in Italian that you can use while visiting Italy.
Waiter / Waitress! - Cameriere/ Cameriera, per favore!
May I have the menu, please? - Potrei avere il menu, per favore?
Do you have a set menu / local specialities? - Avete un menu fisso/ delle specialità locali?
What do you recommend? - Cosa mi raccomanderebbe?
Do you have vegetarian dishes? - Avete dei piatti vegetariani?
bread - pane
butter - burro
cheese - formaggio
coffee - caffè
cream - panna (montata)
ice cream - gelato
lemon - limone
milk - latte
mineral water - acqua minerale
mustard - senape
pepper - pepe
salad - insalata
salt - sale
sugar - zucchero
tea - tè
yes/no - si/ no
please / thank you - per favore/ grazie
good morning - Buongiorno
good afternoon - Buon pomeriggio
good evening - Buona sera
good night - Buona notte
good-bye - Arrivederci
excuse me - mi scusi
you're welcome - prego
how long / how far - per quanto tempo/ quanto è lontano
yesterday / today / tomorrow - ieri/ oggi/ domani
day / week / month / year - giorno/ settimana/ mese / anno
left / right - sinistra/ destra
up / down - su/ giù
good / bad - buono/ cattivo
big / small - grande/ piccolo
cheap / expensive - economico/ caro
hot / cold - caldo/ freddo
open / closed - aperto / chiuso
free/ occupied - libero / occupato
early / late - presto/ tardi
Does anyone here speak English? - Qualcuno qui parla inglese?
I don't speak (much) Italian. - Non parlo l'italiano/ molto italiano.
Could you repeat that? - Per favore, potrebbe ripetere?
Could you spell it? - Per favore, potrebbe fare lo spelling?
Can you translate this for me / us? - Potrebbe tradurre questo per me/ per noi?
What does this mean? - Che cosa vuol dire?
I don't understand. - Non capisco.
How much is that? - Quanto costa?
Does this bus / train stop at ... ? - Questo autobus/treno ferma a...?
Monday - lunedì
Tuesday - martedì
Wednesday - mercoledì
Thursday - giovedì
Friday - venerdì
Saturday - sabato
Sunday - domenica
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.
You can make a tour in the Piazzetta, here there are shops of famous trade names too.
In the port you can see big boat and yacht!
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.
We passed a lot of exclusive stores like Giorgio Armani, Gucci.
We absolutely didn’t dare to take a peak inside, way to exclusive for backpacking tourists!
We looked around for famous people but unfortunately we didn’t saw one we recognize!
My children fantasize a famous person at all the yachts we passed.