Portofino is a living, breathing picture-postcard of the Italian coast. One of the most beautiful places on earth, it features colourful houses and shops along a picturesque waterfront, with lush green hills rising above. You can rub shoulders with Europe's elite while strolling the streets or sit beside them as you enjoy the priceless view and a glass of wine.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Stroll around the harbour, stopping to explore the upmarket boutiques and restaurants as you go. After that, head away from the water and uphill for about 10 minutes. Taking a well-marked path from just behind the harbour, you'll get to Chiesa di San Giorgio. Built on the site of a sanctuary Roman soldiers dedicated to the Persian god Mithras, this picturesque church offers breathtaking views of the village on one side and the rocky cliffs and the sea on the other.
The Italian love of the freshest ingredients means fish and seafood are king here. You'll find it prepared in a variety of different ways, including fried fish, fish salad, even sweet and sour stockfish with pine nuts and raisins. Mussels are also popular, prepared alla marinara, stuffed with meat or prepared with cheese, eggs and marjoram. Not to forget the most popular local fish of all – the anchovy. Served fresh or filled, it is most delicious when pickled.
Delicate, hand-knotted lace and macramé are still made locally and can be found in many local shops and boutiques. Tablecloths, shawls, handkerchiefs and other items make lovely gifts and are a beautiful way to take home a piece of this ancient handicraft. If you're looking for artwork, you'll also find beautiful sculptures and crafts made from locally extracted slate. Slate extraction and processing is a traditional industry of the area, and artists and artisans have adopted the medium for their work.
Italy's official currency is the euro (EUR). Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember that Value Added Tax is added to most purchases.
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