Portofino is a perfectly coiffured, very small fishing village on the Italian Riviera that sits on it’s own beautiful peninsula. Filled with bright pastel colored houses, the streets are lined with high-end boutiques, art galleries, cafes and restaurants overlooking the yacht-filled harbor. The village is home to many cheaper souvenir shops and general stores where a bottle purchase of a local Sauvignon Blanc and a blanket would supply you with the tools for a remarkable day on the water.
Sound a little familiar? The city of Newport holds so many similarities to the village of Portofino. Home to only about 500 residents, the city lights up in the summer months and fills itself with tourists from all over the world because much like Newport, It’s charm is inevitable and desirable. There’s nothing more visitors are looking for from a summer in Newport than a cocktail in their classiest summer attire at The Chandler or Castle Hill. The same mentality would apply to those visiting Portofino during the hot summer months, and the village is set up for pleasing that exact audience.
Portofino is centered around it's main Piazzetta, a small cobblestoned square overlooking the harbor. A small path leads from the square to one of the historic landmarks of the city, Castello Brown hilltop fortress. The castle was transformed into a museum with art exhibitions and panoramic views of the Ligurian Sea and the village itself.
The food sticks it's loyalty to Ligurian seafood specialties which are found in almost every restaurant. Ristorante Puny is among the top choices when choosing to visit the village, known for its amazing customer service and outstanding seafood dishes. No trip to southern Italy would be complete without a quick stop in Portofino.