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Italian Riviera Travel - Cinque Terre, Portofino, and Top Coast Towns

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Portofino
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Portofino Picture: The wide view of Portofino and its harbor

© 2006 by Martha Bakerjian, licensed to About.com
Portofino is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Italian Riviera and was the favorite of the rich and famous during its 1950s heyday. Portofino is a beautiful village of pastel colored houses surrounding a half-moon shaped harbor lined with shops, restaurants, cafes, and luxury hotels. Castello Brown sits atop the hill overlooking the village. Portofino's crystalline green waters are great for swimming, diving, and boating. There are also opportunities for hiking in the area.

Portofino can be reached by ferry from Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Camogli, and Genoa. The closest train stations are in Santa Margherita Ligure, where there's a bus to Portofino from the station, making the town a convenient base for visiting Portofino (where there aren't many hotels).

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