Dolce Vita seekers, listen up – if you’re searching for a slice of the Italian good life then it’s hard to trump Portofino.
Set on its own peninsula, this tiny seaside town has a distinct Amalfi Coast vibe to it, with its pastel-painted houses clinging to the hillside, a harbour full of small yachts, and postcard-worthy views. But while it easily rivals the charms of Positano and Ravello to the south of the country, it has only the tiniest fraction of visitor numbers.
Synonymous with the Italian Riviera, the tender port retains the atmosphere of the fishing village it once was. Here, you can stroll palm tree-lined promenades and narrow alleys lined with cute bars and restaurants, and explore secluded coves and ancient medieval churches and castles.
Liners currently offering sailings to Portofino include Azamara, Celebrity Cruises and Windstar. Ships may dock in the nearby city of Genoa or anchor off the nearby town of Santa Margherita Ligure, which offers access to Portofino via a scenic pathway between the two towns (similar to Amalfi).