Portofino World is a private international community of culturally influential people and home of Portofino Italy, one of the eight wonders of the world. In the 60’s and 70’s, stars like ...]r, Frank Sinatra, Brigitte Bardot and Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Clark Gable, Catherine Deneuve, Liza Minelli and Rex Harrison visited Portofino and his world, for passionate and romantic encounters. The newspapers of the time were filled with society life and were in a race to tell the world these fascinating stories of international celebrities and their Dolce Vita in Portofino, and also Via Veneto and Piazza di Spagna in Rome. Today, it is still the place to encounter the international jet-set. [
Hotels in Portofino: which are the best?
Hardly 2km in total area, Portofino is nicknamed the most beautiful Piazzetta (square) in the world. In effect, this open air “room” is unique and full of magic. In a few steps its possible to see many of the world famous shop-fronts, walk beside the luxury yachts in the marina, see the local fisherman mending and rearranging their nets, in the unforgettable bay, full of pastel coloured houses.
Famous International fashion houses have a home in Portofino, such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Hermés, Emilio Pucci and many others. All are situated on the main street Via Roma, near the parking area and between the two quays. Molo Umberto I quay, to the right, and Marconi quay, to the left. There are other shops situated in the lanes and alleyways, still originally maintained in the perfect Ligurian style, and you will notice particular details when you walk around. There are beatiful local boutiques, specialising in hand made goods, such as cashmere, lingerie, bikini’s, sandals. Also present are local painters and artists. Portofino is particularly famous for representations of the views and sights of the Piazzetta and maritime life.
There is a wide choice of restaurants whose speciality is fish, always fresh. In particular scampi, prawns and lobster. Also the unforgettable pesto sauce which orignated in this region. All of the restaurants offer a wide selection of wines, particularly red and white, which you can drink seated a few metres from the sea. This marriage of taste and view is magnificent, and forces you to relax. Portofino is also great for a longer visit, we recommend that you take a walk from the “Piazzetta” (square) to Castle Brown, an 1870 castle built by the english consul Sir Montague Yeats Brown, which offers a panoramic view of the bay of Portofino and the Gulf of Tigullio which is spectacular. A short distance away is the church of St. George where you can see the Gulf of Paradise towards Genova. If you continue you will find yourself in the green gardens of the Lighthouse of Portofino where you will find the antique flavour of long ago, where in the ligurian sea one can see dolphins, sperm whales, starfish and lots of other species which are protected in this area of the mediterranean.
We also recommend other trails, so, equipped with beverages and suitable shoes, you can leave the “Portofino Park” in the direction of Genova, towards the bay of San Fruttuoso which is also beautiful and where, 18 metres beneath the sea is the statue of Christ, called the Christ of the Abyss. Otherwise, in the other direction towards Santa Margherita Ligure, you will arrive at the bay of Paraggi a small bay famous for the particular colour of the sea, distinguished by its blue-green colour. We also recommend that you do not miss the celebration of the local saint, St George which falls on 23rd April, who is remembered with a famous bonfire in the Piazzetta in Portofino. Its an evening deep in the hearts of the residents, with a huge bonfire, music and seafood specialities. With the bright, warm colours and the smell of carbon, it evokes a romantic emotion. It is a very heartfelt festival and we recommend that you go to Portofino in the afternoon, or arrive by ferry which departs from Rapallo and Santa Margherita Ligure, as there is always a long queue for parking.
On the Portofino World it is possible to make reservations for all holiday locations in Italy. Especially Hotels and Suites in the area comprising of Genova, Portofino and Cinque Terre, romantic andlike the castles of “Pavone” and “Ivrea”, the castle of “Oviglio nell’Alessandrino” and the Castle “dell’Oscano” in the umbrian mountains, and all the best 5 Star Luxury Hotels in Italy, such as Capri, the legendary Venice, the fascinating Amalfi Coast and the romantic Portofino. The Grand Hotels in Rome, the Historical Grand Hotels in Florence, the Hyper Cool Hotels in Milan, in Porto Cervo - Emerald Coast and in the fabulous Positano. It is also possible to discoverl Night Clubs and Restaurants whose speciality in fish, meat and mediterranean cooking, explain why italian cuisine is one of the most appreciated in the world.
Santa Margherita Ligure is a calm town on sea between Rapallo and Portofino on the Riviera Ligure di Levante. Famous at the time of the “Dolce Vita”, it was a destination favoured by famous people between the 60s and the 70s. It was a place where to have fun during the 80s and 90s, especially because of the Covo di Nord Est, one of Europe’s most famous clubs. Today it is a location which relies on its fantastic views, very calm, with warm weather all year long. We suggest visiting it if you want to relax, take nice walks, find yourselves again and for the whole family. There is no traffic, the town centre is almost entirely pedestrians only, there are supermarkets and you may still find “botteghe” where you’ll be able to taste local foods and products. [...]
Genoa, the capital city near Portofino Italy - one of th eight wonder of the world - is a town full of life and activity that reflect the character of her inhabitants. Writers and politicians who saw her before the historical events of the XVII century and her altered economical circumstances of the XVIII, called her Superba (haughty). Heine disparaged her XIX century aspect whereas her ancient splendour, that was blossoming again in her new middle-class and merchant princes during the XIX century was enthusiastically praised by De Musset, Flaubert and Michelet, Nietzsche and Wagner. Genoa is a lovely town that the tourist must conquer. [...]
Hotels in Capri, the romantic italian Isle.
The Isle of Capri like a fair maiden who must be wooed if her full charm is to be enjoyed. There is a certain coyness about her, an aloofness which withdraws her from the grasp of the impatient. The winds and the waves which are seldom still around her rocks, guard her from the importunate mob. True, thousands of tourists visit her shores every season; but the majority of those do not even land except at the Blue Grotto, photo below, and as they roll back to Naples on the Mediterranean swell, they are apt to think unkindly thoughts of that fair Siren rock which had lured them to such a fate! The few, however, who refuse to be content with aim hour’s interview, but persist in their attentions: who settle down and fall in love with the beauty and the mystery of this elusive island, begin to discover her secret. [...]
Hotels in Venice, the place who means Love.
Venice, one of the most famous city in the world, was probably founded in 726 on the isle called Rialto (or Rio Alto). In the course of centuries, while its might increased, Venice developped in the lagoon carrying its name on a group 119 islands, which are divided by 160 canals and linked by about 369 bridges. Venice was called the Serene Republic, and its history is glorious and magnificent; glory and magnificence, of which Venice retains a sign in its wonderful buildings and in the masterpieces of its museums and churches. [...]
Hotels in Rome, the most historical city of the World.
Rome, perhaps the first impression on the mind of the visitor to Rome is the kaleidoscopic effect of colour in its streets, ever varying, never clashing, but blending into one harmonious whole. The eye is attracted by the bright blooms on flower-stall for whatever the season may be it always seems to he summer in Rome. ”I fiorai di piazza” or Flower Sellers are a tradition of Rome to which the Romans tenaciously cling in spite of the repeated threat that the increasingly congested traffic demands their removal. They are, however, secure in their position, supported as they are by general sympathy. Neither the Roman nor the tourist will let them go. There fore the Flower girl can go on smiling. Much of the picturesqueness of her costume has vanished, yielding to the dictates of modern fashion: and her heelless shoes, red stockings, her black corset and many coloured apron, as well as the red corals hanging from her ears have given place to high heels, short skirts, and silk stockings. [...]
Hotels in Positano and Ravello in Amalfi Coast.
In Positano, a rare beauty place, one of the most romantic in Italy in the Amalfi Coast, you can choose as a base, Sorrento in the best-specifically Bellevue Syrene hotel. Ravello is gorgeous, but it’s a white knuckle drive to get up there (the whole coast road is fairly horrifying-narrow, loads of curves, and more vespas and tour buses than you have ever seen in your life!!). Also, the boats to Capri and Ischia leave from Sorrento, which makes it quite easy. Positano is very nice, but very crowded and very expensive. You’ll leave your car at the top and walk all the steps through the town itself down to the beach (unless you’re at a hotel at the top that has a lift down), which can get old after the first few times, especially in the summer [...]
Portofino World, a World apart.