Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - WISHLIST CRUISING -

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).

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