Using the very helpful notes provided by my family I am aiming to do a post on Portofino today. Portofino is located in Italy, in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. The place itself is a small fishing town, but now a main holiday spot for celebrity visitors. If you just take a moment to google this place you can instantly see how beautiful it is, and this is what my parents were first met with after a long tiresome journey driving around the Italian loopey roads (bet it was worth it).
Where to Stay:
Domina Home Piccolo:
Prices are around £269 per night for a Classic double or Twin room and this allows you to use the great facilities of the hotel which includes the private beach (as there is no beach around this area). i’ll base this review on the room my parents stayed in which was room 208, as my mum described ‘it had a fantastic sea view, with views of yachts and the blue ocean’. On top of the pleasant views, they also described the sounds of grasshoppers rubbing their legs together which both woke them up and sent them to sleep!
The breakfast here is also good. With a vast range of options- continental breakfast of course, then scrambled eggs, bacon, yoghurts, cakes, biscuits, fruits, juices and good coffee. They also had fresh croissants with jams! It’s worth adding this into your cost to save money if visiting.
What to do:
Visit S. Fruttuoso on the ferry for 11.50 return and visit the quaint little cove with a Benedictine Monastery built by the Doria family in the 1200s. There is also an octagon bell tower with a cloister and mausoleum of the Doria family. Well worth a visit as you can only see this via the boat journey and is a nice day out (slightly cheaper food here as well than Portofino).
Visit S. Margherita for a cost of 1.80 each way on bus- which rooms approximately every 15 minutes from Portofino. It takes about 25 minutes for the journey and once there you can visit the beaches or settle for something to eat. This place seems to have a few more options than Portofino on restaurants and activities for families. From a little online research it seems the churches here are also extremely beautiful and well worth a visit. (Chiesa Di San Giacomo Di Corte + Chiesa di Santa Margherita d’Antiochia – Santuario di Nostra Signora della Rosa) Click for more info!
Visit Genoa by taking the bus to S. Margherita which goes all the way to the train station then swap there for the Train for 8 euros. Here there are more cultural excursions such as Galleries and Museums to visit. For example: the Museo di Palazzo Reale in Via Balbi (Royal Palace) costs 4 euros each and has a beautiful mirrored gallery in there.
Where to Eat:
Wine Bar Jolly:
The nice thing about Portofino is that every time you sit for a drink you seem to be offered food! I don’t mean like a full course meal but more like snacks and nibbles to keep you going (although the portion size is enough to fill you all day). Wine Bar Jolly brought out a tray of crisps, carrots, olives, tomatoes and breads before evening ordering a main meal! This place is great value for money in the area as it offers shrimp and salami skewers for 28 euros.. much cheaper then other places in the area.
Probably not as reasonable as Jolly but not bad again for the area. A skewer of Prawns is 30 euros along with a litre of house wine for 12 euros. This restaurant is pretty interested in where and how its placed. It’s up the slope from the harbour side. The tables are covered in red check and it’s opposite the Ristorante da Nichola Pizzeria. Seems to have more of a buzz then other places in the area and a few more families.
Down Via Algeria in S. Margherita. Here you can get the classic Turistica Menus- 3 courses for 23 euros! No more I need to say on that!
Well, the weather is stunning. Beautifully hot.
You’ll find there seems to be a bit more of an interest in self-appearance here with the Italians being fond of the ‘Bella Figura’- that is ‘first impression’. So these Italians look particularly elegant in order to create a great first impression. On top of this the verb Promenggio applies here- to walk or parade. Italians like to dress up early evening and parade their best clothes up and down the street- in a way this is nice. It has an elegance to it.
Ciao for now!