Portofino is a picture perfect little town on the Ligurian coast, not too far from the larger northern port city of Genoa and an easy excursion from our home-base of Santa Margherita Ligure.
The cloudy April day meant sweaters for us travelers (a novelty for those more accustomed to travel in Italy in the height of summer), but beautiful lighting for snapshots of photogenic Portofino. We spent our afternoon as many are spent in Italy: wandering, eating a long lunch featuring wine (chilled, white) and pasta (trofie al pesto, the regional specialty), browsing the piazza (Martiri Dell’Olivetta), heading to the nearby church (Chiesa di San Martino).
We took the public bus from SML into Portofino, about a 40 minute journey on an ever-narrowing road. This was an easy and affordable option, although crowded. We opted for the open-air, double-decker ferry boat on our return journey which was extremely enjoyable, and also not too pricey.
This Italian Riviera town can likely fill up fast in the high season, but if you find yourself nearby in the off-season, I recommend saving a few hours in your schedule to explore Portofino.