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    Central square

    by Polly74 Written Jul 30, 2004

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    The central square of Portofino is small but very nice.
    During summer time is really crowded and a lot of yatch are anchored to the pier.
    There are a lot of very very very nice shops there, the most important brands.....but also very very very expensive :-D

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    Hiking

    by jlee008 Written Oct 11, 2004

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    There is an abundance of hiking activities that are sponsored by the Italian National Parks. The hikes vary in length and difficulty. Check out their schedule of events on their website. This will help give you a better idea of what the Portofino area has to offer.

    View of Sea from Path to Lighthouse
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    Small Fishing Village

    by TRimer Updated Feb 3, 2005

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    Originally a small fishing village shaded by eucalyptus and olive trees, Portofino has become a sunny and relaxing paradise on the Ligurian Riveria. Dotted with palm trees and overlooking an azure sea, the tranquillity of the Italian countryside with its olive groves, holm oaks, pines and cypress trees is within a short walking distance, whilst the exquisite swimming cove at Paraggi is only a few minutes drive. Take in the pastel buildings against the green mountains. No wonder many an artist has painted this place!

    Portofino
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    Chiesa di San Martino

    by croisbeauty Updated May 17, 2012

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    The church of San Martino is the 12th century construction which dominates the whole central part of Portofino. It has both religious and archaeological importance in the history of the place. The hanging arches and its beautiful rose window stand testimony of its Middle Ages past. Interior of the church is in particularly attractive and richly adorned with marbles, sculptures and valuable paintings. The triptych of saints Rocco, Sebastiano and Fabiano belonging to the Genovese School, dating back to the 16th century. The stripes on its front facade are very characteristic for the Lombard Romanesque style which could be seen on most church of Liguria.

    chiesa di San Martino San Martino interior of San Martino the square in front of San Martino San Martino from San Giorgio hill
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    Oratorio di Santa Maria Assunta

    by croisbeauty Updated May 17, 2012

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    The 14th century oratory of the confraternity of Our Lady of the Assumption has big importance in religious - architectural past of Portofino. The most noteworth features of the oratory are two huge crucifixes, one is white while the other is black. Local people carrying them in the processions to mark the feast of San Giorgio, however, carrying these two crucifixes isn't easy task since each of them weighing over 100kgs.

    Oratorio di Santa Maria Assunta

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    The Piazzetta

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 6, 2006

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    The famous “Piazzetta”, surrounded by small Italian style houses, right next to the harbour of Portofino. To this day, sailors still pull their boats out of the water and repair those next to the square.
    The square is nice to relax, and the typical small town Italian way of life passes by. Arched porticos, shops, boutiques and bars, as well as restaurants can be found here.

    The Piazzetta
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    Chiesa di San Martino

    by MM212 Updated Mar 9, 2010

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    Situated in the heart of Portofino, la Chiesa di San Martino is one of two churches in town. It was built in the 12th century in an unmistakable Lombard Romanesque (romanico lombardo) style. The stripes of alternating colours on its façade, typical of the region, is an architectural design imported by the Crusaders from the Middle East. The interior, however, is Baroque with rich decorations and paintings added during an 18th century renovation. The church's doors are an interesting modern addition (see attached photos).

    Chiesa di San Martino - May 09 Baroque interior of San Martino - May 09 The door
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    The Port of Portofino

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 6, 2006

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    A lot of visitors arrive in Portofino by cruise ship. Since the port is too small to have larger ships dock here the tender service will bring guests ashore, arriving in the port right in the heard of Portofino. From here boat excursions also start to explore the coastline and the other jewels of the Italian Riviera. The Piazzetta is right next to the port.

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    Enjoying Portofino

    by Bregman Updated May 28, 2005

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    The best tip I can give for Portofino is "use your legs". Just walk around and enjoy the beautiful sights. Don't be lazy, there is more than the hrabour. Go to the castle overlooking the town for great views and if you have time, explore the hills between Portofino and Santa Margherita. I walked the entire way, but you walk a little and take a bus the the rest of the way.

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    The Harbour

    by MM212 Written Mar 9, 2010

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    The narrow harbour of Portofino is the reason the town exists in the first place. Named Portus Delphini, i.e. the Port of the Dolphins, by the Romans, this harbour gave the town its name. Although it may have hosted naval and commercial ships during its history, the harbour nowadays is used exclusively by fishermen, ferries and expensive yachts. The harbour is the most picturesque part of Portofino where many of the town's outstanding restaurants are located.

    The harbour of Portofino - May 09 Lady Aida - an expensive yacht in Portofino

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    The town centre

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 6, 2006

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    Portofino is a small town, and an advantage that no cars are allowed into the centre. From the Piazetta one can move up the hill towards the post office and car park. Shops, restaurants and boutiques line the street in typical Italian fashion.

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    Architecture

    by MM212 Updated Mar 9, 2010

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    Portofino's typical architectural style adds to the beauty of the town. Most of the buildings are painted in bright colours, including red ochre, green and yellow, and accentuated with decorative frescoes. Attached are a few examples.

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    Villas, Mansions & Gardens - Portofino Hillside

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 21, 2014

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    The landscape of Portofino, particularly the hillside has many magnificent villas, many of which can only be seen from the water.

    My walk along the hillside pathway was most rewarding and gave me a glimpse of some of the villas, however most are protected from tourists by lush gardens which in themselves are well worth the hike.

    One can only imagine the water and landscape view the rich and often famous enjoy from their villa.

    Magnificent entrance to this hidden villa Pathway Water View - Imagine View from Villa Waterside Mansion - Portofino Villa or Fortress - High on the Hill
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    Aspects of Portofino Marina

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 24, 2014

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    Take some time to study the marina and its surrounds. It is not just a parking station for boats, it is a lifestyle.

    Always activity, always something different, could be the sun from a different angle, clouds, new arrivals or activity on the marina.

    I wonder how many visitors do not see the Marina Sign?

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    Santa Margherita Ligure

    by TRimer Updated Feb 3, 2005

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    This popular seaside resort with palm trees and cafés is situated on the Gulf of Tigullio. The resort contains many old buildings including the Villa Durazzo, a 16th-century building with an elegant garden and a large park featuring exotic plants, statues, and fountains.

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