Things to do in
Portofino

Our most recommended things to do in Portofino

Genova : Boat Tour to Camogli, San Fruttuoso, & Portofino

1. Genova : Boat Tour to Camogli, San Fruttuoso, & Portofino

Experience a full-day boating excursion and discover three of the most charming villages in Liguria: Camogli, San Fruttuoso, and Portofino. Enjoy options of visiting all three, or selecting which ones you'd like to discover. Depart from Genova in the morning aboard the motorboat Città di Camogli and enjoy panoramic coastal views on your way to the harbor of Camogli. If you choose to visit San Fruttuoso, you will find a charming fishing village located on the promontory of Portofino and the Abbey of San Fruttuoso. After leaving the dock from Camogli, catch sight of beautiful views of the tiny village. Next, you'll be able to admire the majesty of Portofino mountain, the pudding-stone landmark outcrop of Punta Chiappa. Then, pass the exclusive hamlet of San Fruttuoso, followed by the famous Hermit's Grotto and the Cala dell'Oro. Next, in Portofino, you will find the awe-inspiring blue sea, the lush green vegetation at the edge of the cliffs, and the elegance of villas along the coast. Finally, keep an eye out for bottle-nose dolphins on the boat trip back to Genova.

From Genoa: Roundtrip Boat Tour to Portofino

2. From Genoa: Roundtrip Boat Tour to Portofino

Spend the afternoon exploring Portofino, just a short trip down the coast from Genoa. Check out the amazing scenery along the way and explore the charming and unique village for the afternoon. Depart from Genoa's Porto Antico Calata Mandraccio and head to Portofino. As you travel along the coast, admire the beautiful cliffs and coastal scenery. Camogli, the San Fruttuoso Bay, the Portofino Promontory, and the white lighthouse on the cliff await you. The natural beauty of the area is sure to amaze. In Portofino, visit the square, the famous boutiques, and admire the unique views in front of the church of San Giorgio. Maybe treat yourself to gelato before returning to Genoa.

From Genoa: Boat Tour to Portofino with Free Time to Explore

3. From Genoa: Boat Tour to Portofino with Free Time to Explore

Admire breathtaking views of the Ligurian coast from the sea on this tour from Genoa to Portofino. Leave from the Genoa's Porto Antico and spend free time soaking up the quaint features of Portofino and its extraordinary harbor before returning to Genoa. Check-in at the ticket office which is conveniently located next to the Genoa Aquarium in the late morning. Set off in a comfortable and spacious boat. Relax on the way to Portofino with views of the Italian Riviera's azure waters and picturesque villages. Arrive at Portofino around noon and have two hours to purchase a tasty lunch, stroll along the pastel-colored houses, or to visit the Piazzetta which is a cobbled square with spectacular views of the harbor. Capture pictures of the 16th-century Castello Brown. Bid farewell to Portofino and return take in the lush coast on the way back to your meeting point in Genoa's bustling Porto Antico.

From Milan: Genova & Portofino Full-Day Tour

4. From Milan: Genova & Portofino Full-Day Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Milan on a full-day sightseeing tour of 3 gems of the Ligurian Coast. Departing by bus from central Milan, drive south to the capital of Liguria and the largest seaport in Italy at Genova (Genoa). Nicknamed “La Superba” ("Superb One"), due to its impressive landmarks, part of the old town was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. Explore streets rich in art, gastronomy and architecture. The birthplace of Christopher Columbus, its role in maritime history is beyond compare. Once one of the "Maritime Republics,” along with Venice, Pisa, and Amalfi, the ornate buildings and monuments reveal a rich story of trade and shipbuilding. Next, relax at the pearl of the Ligurian Sea at Portofino, a small village that dates back to the Roman period. Its glittering harbor and colorful waterfront houses have made it a much sought-after destination among celebrities, while its Roman name of Portus Delphini (Port of the Dolphin) reflects the large number of dolphins that inhabited the Tigullian Gulf. End your tour at Santa Margherita Ligure, where the maritime scenery and turquoise sea blends beautifully with the green of the Ligurian hills, colorful fishing boats bob in the harbor, and picturesque fishermen’s houses transport you back to a less hurried time.

From Genova: Portofino Return Transfer by Open-Top Bus

5. From Genova: Portofino Return Transfer by Open-Top Bus

Join us on this tour dedicated to the discovery of Genoa, its coast and the enchanting resort of Portofino. This experience will make you admire the beauties of Liguria, discovering a coast full of unique and breathtaking views, the tour will start from Genoa reaching Portofino along the Riviera di Levante, crossing typical places such as Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure and Rapallo. Our one-storey panoramic open-top bus will take you in an hour from Genoa to Portofino, the onboard staff will be happy to provide information about the coast and curiosities of Liguria. Once in Portofino you will have free time to discover this renowned Ligurian resort. Prepare your camera and come and discover with us the Italian Riviera!

Monterosso al Mare: Cinque Terre National Park E-Bike Tour

6. Monterosso al Mare: Cinque Terre National Park E-Bike Tour

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with our e-bike tour, an unparalleled way to effortlessly explore the enchanting Cinque Terre region! The entirety of the tour takes place outside of the tourist crowds! Starting from the picturesque town of Monterosso, just 5 minutes from the train station, our journey unfolds through a landscape of breathtaking beauty and cultural richness. As we set out, the gentle hum of our e-bikes propels us uphill through the heart of the national park, where every turn reveals awe-inspiring viewpoints. Here, amidst the traditional terraced landscape adorned with vineyards and olive trees, we have the opportunity to admire the region's iconic scenery. The exploration leads us to the doorstep of an ancient sacred sanctuary, Soviore, nestled in the embrace of untouched nature. Here, history comes to life, showcasing architectural marvels, panoramic vistas of the seaside and national park, a refreshing spring with crystal-clear water, and a charming coffee bar where you can savor the local flavors.Throughout this immersive experience, our knowledgeable guide serves as a companion, offering insightful commentary on the region's nature and traditions. Gain a deeper understanding of the Cinque Terre as you absorb the stories that echo through time, adding layers of meaning to the scenery around you. Following a rejuvenating break, we embark on the return journey to Monterosso, tracing a different path to complete the loop. Every pedal stroke unveils new facets of this coastal haven, ensuring that no two moments are alike. Our grand finale awaits at a panoramic spot, where you can indulge in the delectable taste of local focaccia paired with a glass of exquisite wine. It's not just a tour; it's a sensory symphony, a delightful odyssey through the treasures of the Cinque Terre. Join us and immerse yourself out of the crowds in the beauty and charm of this remarkable region! *** The tour is suitable for everyone who can safely ride a bike with gears on a road where cars are present too. The route consists of paved roads with a total length of 18 km (12 miles) and an altitude difference of 500 m (1600 ft) *** *** The ticket can be reimbursed 100% until 24 hours before the scheduled starting time. In case of rain or force majeure events, the tour can be reimbursed even at the last minute. In the event of forecasted light rain, the customer can decide whether to cancel the tour with reimbursement or proceed with the tour ***

Genoa: Round Trip Boat To San Fruttuoso

7. Genoa: Round Trip Boat To San Fruttuoso

Take a cruise along the waters in the Ligurian Sea with stop San Fruttuoso. Wander around the stops and create your own adventure in the Bay of San Fruttuoso among the history and mythological legends that live here. First, meet your captain at the docks to start your half-day adventure. Board the boat and watch the water pass by you as you travel along coastlines that boast 20th-century architecture wonders placed neatly above the cliffs. Then, arrive beside the seaside fishing village of Nervi, where a relaxed combination of houses and seafood restaurants hold the shoreline. Continue to Recco, a sunny city in the Riviera, where the hills meet the waterside. Finally, you'll see Camogli, nestled on the west side of the Portofino peninsula, and San Fruttuoso, which is nestled neatly into a bay that is blanketed with greenery. Take time to explore San Fruttuoso before concluding your return trip.

Easy Kayak Tour to Portofino with Optional Snorkeling

8. Easy Kayak Tour to Portofino with Optional Snorkeling

This easy kayak tour is suitable for all levels to explore the beauties of the Park of Portofino and its Marine Protected Area. In the company of a kayak instructor and marine guide, you paddle along the coast from Paraggi to the picturesque port of Portofino and beyond to the Olivetta and the Lighthouse. Be captured by the charm of these areas rich in history and curiosity. The beauty of Portofino as seen from the sea, will make you feel as though you are in a postcard. At the feet of the lighthouse where nature gets more "wild", take a refreshing dip in front of the breathtaking landscape is an experience not to be missed. Alternatively, pick the sunset option and enjoy the unspoiled coastline of Portofino Park at dusk, the best hour when crowds leave and the landscapes turn quiet again. Explore Portofino’s unique territory and hidden gems from the sea and land. Savor an excellent apperitivo with local natural wine and food. Upgrade for a kayak and snorkel combo in the Bay of Paraggi to explore the rich underwater flora and fauna.

1-Hour Snorkeling Tour in Paraggi Bay, Portofino

9. 1-Hour Snorkeling Tour in Paraggi Bay, Portofino

Meet your guide in Niasca, a sandy beach nestled in the vegetation of the Mediterranean Sea, next to Paraggi Bay, famous for its  crystal clear blue water. After you're supplied with the necessary snorkeling equipment (all sizes available), you'll be introduced to your guide. Comfortably sitting on the terrace, you will be briefed with pictures on the great variety of fish species and marine plants you'll come across while snorkeling. After a quick explanation on how to use thew equipment, you'll be ready to dive. This bay, forbidden to boat traffic is completely safe for swimming.  Your guide will lead you underwater searching for hidden treasures in Portofino’s Marine Protected Area. During the first part of the excursion inside Niasca’s bay, you will swim above one of the most extended posidonia meadows in the area, which together with the near cliff, hosts many species, such as tube-worms, starfish, pinna nobilis, posidonia, sponges and mollusks. Then you will head to the second part of the journey, swimming towards Portofino, amidst a cross section of fish species, such as sea breams, gilt-head bream, sea bass, moray eel, damsel and many more. Crossing the bay, you’ll swim above different habitats, such as posidonia meadow and sandy seabed, housing many different species.

Camogli: San Fruttuoso Abbey Entry Ticket

10. Camogli: San Fruttuoso Abbey Entry Ticket

Skirting the National Park that leads from Camogli to Portofino, San Fruttuoso Abbey seems for all the world like a miracle, nestling in a little creek and protected by a 16th-century tower – a fine example of a piece of architecture successfully integrated into the natural context. And yet the very inaccessibility of the site and the presence of a source of fresh water rendered it, in the 8th century, an ideal location for the foundation of a church. It is said that it was the martyr St Fructuosus himself who chose the bay, appearing in a dream to Prospero, Bishop of Tarragon, who was fleeing Spain to escape the Moors, and was searching for a place in which to safeguard the ashes of the saint. Rebuilt in the 10th century as a Benedictine monastery, from the 13th century the abbey’s fate became intertwined with that of the Doria family, who renovated its design, adding the loggia with two tiers of three-light windows and transferring here the family burial ground. In 1983, the family decided to donate the entire complex to FAI. The re-birth of this complex has been ongoing since then. The site plays host to two very different buildings, both requiring constant care. April 2017 saw the conclusion of the final restoration works, which involved the overhaul of the water source next to which the bell tower was constructed. The monastery, with its cloister and the Doria tombs, the primitive church and the parish church, the archaeological remains and the little village...only a visit in person can allow you to discover the authentic soul of this place lapped by the crystal-clear sea, which now offers visitors the option of staying in the guest accommodation – ideal for those who want to get away from it all like never before.

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What people are saying about Portofino

Overall rating

4.2
(559 reviews)

Our tour with Paul was one of the top highlights of our 10 day Italy trip. The scenery is fantastic and missed by most who stay in the tourist areas. Thanks to Paul who made our trip special with his sweet nature and by sharing loads of interesting history and facts with us. The sunset wine on the rocks was the cherry on top!

Beautiful experience! Excellent value for money. €28 for a return trip from Genoa to three destinations is a truly excellent price! Right time to visit the various destinations. Boats on time, everything well explained and organised. Highly recommended!

Everything was perfect, the guides were exceptional, this tour brought me so many memories, I came to Milan and chose this tour because of the movie Lucca (Disney) Thank you for this moment.

A splendid day, well organised, which allows you to visit 3 pearls of the Gulf of Tigullio. Excellent value for money! I definitely recommend it!

It is a great activity if you stay in Genova. My personal highlight was Portofino the most beautiful place I‘ve ever seen