When the weekend comes and some sun and warm temperature appear, it is the moment to go somewhere outside the city. What about the sea? I live in a beautiful region, but there are mountains and lakes, with no sea at all. Liguria and the lovely Portofino are about two hours driving far from my city, so it is a chance to spend a day there. The place is amazing and when it is not raining the temperature is finally as it should be during Spring.
For me, it’s a short daily trip, but it can be the same for travelers from other countries. Staying in North West of Italy it deserves a tour of the village. There are very nice attractions and the landscapes are wonderful. A small gulf is located in front of the main square from where to admire the sea. All around the center of the village, there are hills with beautiful nature. Portofino is famous for luxury, but I can tell that this is nothing compared to the beauty of the place.
What to see in Portofino
Portofino is a quite small village, but the colored houses are not the only attraction in the area. There is the Abbazia di San Fruttuoso rich of history and art. The religious building is one of the most representative of the area. You can see the Castello Brown from where to enjoy a beautiful view from the top of Portofino and surroundings.
Inside it is possible to see the rooms with the original furniture and decorations. It is open for visits and sometimes is used for events. It tells the history of the village. If you go by walk from the central square you can have a beautiful walk in nature. The trail goes up offering a marvelous view of the gulf.
Many museums and churches deserve a visit. But for who wants to swim, under the water there is the statue of Jesus called Cristo degli abissi. Portofino can be the starting point to see all the villages on the coast close to Genua. A few beaches allow you to spend also a day under the sun. But I suggest exploring the attractions.
My day in Portofino
To be in the village and just to have a walk around the marina is already a good reason to visit Portofino. Meanwhile, I was there, after a trip in nature and some moments to admire the panorama from Brown Castle, I had lunch in front of the bay. I chose Ristorante Chuflay, part of the Belmond Splendido Mare Hotel located in the famous Piazzetta, in front of the bay.
There you can relax and enjoy the environment. In front of you, there are the sea and the boats. Around you colored houses and beautiful hills. If you love flowers spring is surely the best season. They are everywhere.
The restaurant is elegant and sophisticated, as a place like Portofino requires. The Chuflay offers a good menu with local and Italian recipes. All of them served with style by a professional and kind staff. The dishes are very good and the setting is reminding to the typical Italian Dolce Vita when famous actors were meeting each other in the restaurant and they were having breaks in Portofino. The place is still one of the favorites of VIP who are visiting the area. Also, international famous people are eating there.
Luxury is united to the tradition and the sobriety of the refined furniture. From the tables, you can see the life going on in the square and the yachts stopped in the marina. Also if there are many tourists around from that position it is possible to relax and to feel a very quiet atmosphere. In case you have more time to stay in Portofino or you want to spend all the weekend in the area, the Belmond Splendido Mare Hotel has amazing rooms with a great view.
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