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    Elvira Vanag
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    5 Jan 21, 2013

    Portofino is a picture perfect fishing village on the Italian Riviera. No wonder it attracts so many people – some come here to relax for a few days, others just visit for a few hours. You can spot celebrities here and there, especially during the summer. You can get a picture of the famous harbor view from the castle that is located on a hill above the village.

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    chiara cerini
    5 Sep 13, 2012

    The ferry takes you from santa margharita to portofino and you cannot fail to be impressed by this stunning little bay. so simple and nice to stroll around for an hour, pick up a pizza and have a drink at a bar overlooking the harbour.

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    Barbara Kossy
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    5 Jul 08, 2012

    Portofino is a gorgeous fishing village that's become a luxury resort town. It hosts celebrities, and tourists from around the world. Rex Harrison had a place there and celebrities who stopped by recently include Kevin Spacey, Cate Blanchett, Jude Law, Denzel Washington and Paris Hilton. In addition to star spotting, you take find a trails to Camogli and San Fruttuoso. I suggest you return to Portofino via the water taxi (check the schedule) for views of the spectacular coast.

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    Nick Newbury
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Portofino....where I married my amazing wife, Carlotta in 2007.

    OK, Byron went for years at a time. I have condensed my version of the Grand Tour into one month. Fly to Genoa then transfer to Portofino where I recommend staying at the Splendido Mare and walking in the Cinque Terre. Form there head to Milan for two nights of top notch cultural tours of the industrial capital of N. Italy including an evening at La Scala. Stay at the Bulgari. Then head to the Lakes for two nights. There is a huge amount to do there including both culture and nature, staying at Villa d’Este. Next stop is Verona in which I would again stay for two nights. Cultural tour at the time of the opera and stay at the Hotel Due Torri. Venice for three nights is next including private tour of the Doge’s Palace staying at Cipriani or Palazzo Vendramin. From Venice you should head to Florence for two nights cultural tour including Fiesole, Medici Palazzos, the Uffizi and the City. Stay outside Florence at the Villa Mangiacane. Then head to Siena for two nights including a private balcony for the Palio staying at Certosa di Maggiano. Then to the Eternal City of Rome for three nights culture bonanzna staying at Hotel de Russie. Then down to the Amalfi for two nights visiting Pompeii, Etna, Amalfi, Positano etc staying at the Caruso. Then over to the island of Capri for the last three nights visiting Emperor villas and staying at the Capri Palace. Fly home from Naples.

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    Nicky Carter
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    If you haven't the stamina to walk the Cinque Terra, then get the train, but keep an eye on the time so you don't miss the last one to Chivari

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    Monique Vanni
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    This is the most high brow spot in Italy's riviera, the Italian St. Tropez. It's also a really lovely little village, with amazing sights, and some nice restaurants and shopping!

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    Barbara Britschgi
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    YES,,,,IT is very touristy,but a fun place to visit .love having lunch at the outdoor cafes,and watching the boats and people go bye,when we go,we go just for the day,but what a beautiful day it is,,,

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    hotdot2
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Wow! Talk about lifestyles of the rich and famous! Take the ferry over from Santa Margherita and spend the day in this beautiful seaside town. Be sure to check out the yachts in the harbor!!

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    Craig Kellar
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Just as cute as it looks in every picture of the place.

    We actually came to the area and stayed in Santa Margherita Ligure, and then just took the local bus here. And you know? I think that was a great way to see Portofino.

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    Stuart Scott
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    4 Jan 19, 2014

    Very pretty and expensive town which gives you the opportunity to see how the other half live.

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    Adrian San
    5 Nov 24, 2012

    just have a Bellini or Rossini at the port

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    Jeanette Wyatt
    5 Oct 07, 2012

    Stunning!

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    5 Oct 07, 2012
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    John Funck
    4 Jul 16, 2012

    What is not to love

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    Maxine Jones
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Beautiful little town....amazing yachts. Well-worth its reputation.

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    kfinn
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    I highly recommend a drink and some food in the central square, right by the boat harbor.

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    Luke Hornof
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Full of life, full of celebrities, good energy.

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    5 Jul 04, 2012
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    4 May 24, 2012
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    3 Apr 01, 2012
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4.5 out of 5
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Portofino, Italy, is known as the resort of the rich and famous, but there is much more to see here than just people. Portofino is a picturesque, half-moon shaped seaside village with pastel houses lining the shore of the harbor. A castle sits atop the hill overlooking the village.

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