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Enjoy the salty air, rocky cliffs, glassy seas and clear blue skies of the Tigullio Gulf coastline. Rugged mountains meet a sparkling sea in some of Italy’s most recognizable scenery. The area’s marinas and pastel-colored homes shimmer, looking magical in the sunshine. Visit Portofino and other resorts on the pretty Italian Riviera.
Walk along the region’s stately promenades and feel like a movie star on a break from a busy filming schedule. Appreciate the exclusive atmosphere and sensory pleasures of the Gulf region.
Enjoy mild and sunny weather in the great Ligurian outdoors, with swimming, watersports, hiking and cycling, especially in the Mount Portofino park. Sample the Ligurian style of eating, drinking and living as you meander through the little seaside towns, each with its own character. The seas are full of delicious seafood to savor with wine.
This region is the true living example of La Dolce Vita, with a sheen of old Hollywood glamour. It has also inspired literary greats like Shelley and Byron. For a daytrip farther down the coast, visit the Gulf of Poets, named after famous visiting 19th-century wordsmiths.
Portofino is the Gulf region’s most famous town. Moneglia is another serene village in a unique location and home to two castles. With a beautiful beach, it is also an ideal spot for scuba diving in pristine waters. Nearby Rapallo has an authentic maritime atmosphere along with the glamour of large hotels, leisure ports and a golf course. Reach Rapallo by taking its renowned cable car over the rolling hills from the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montallegro (Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montallegro), the best way to see this stunning area from the air.
As the five charming heritage villages of the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre area demonstrate, not all of the Tigullio Gulf region is ideal for driving. Go hiking, take the train or arrive at a beach by boat. There are plenty of ways to enjoy Portofino and other parts of this area’s splendor.
The Excelsior Palace Hotel lies on the Portofino Coast, 1 km (0.5 mi) from Rapallo castles and ruins, 7 km (4 mi) from Portofino, 30 km (19 mi) from Genoa, and 70 km (43 mi) from Cinque Terre.
Situated in Rapallo, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Castle-on-the-Sea, Basilica of Sts. Gervasius and Protasius, and Porta delle Saline. Marina di Rapallo and Circolo Golf e Tennis Rapallo are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located on the sun-kissed coast of Liguria, Grand Hotel Miramare is steps away from beautiful beaches with clear water perfect for scuba diving. Guests can walk to superb local trattorias in 5 minutes, or catch a bus to go shopping in Portofino and explore the 11th-century Castle of Dragonara.
Located in the heart of Rapallo, this hotel is steps from Basilica of Sts. Gervasius and Protasius and Porta delle Saline. Castle-on-the-Sea and Marina di Rapallo are also within 10 minutes.
Overlooking the Portofino Promontory and Gulf of Tigullio from a hilltop perch, this Art Nouveau hotel is within 1 km of Rapallo's pebble beaches and town center and 10 km (6 mi) from Portofino.
Situated in Portofino, this beach hotel is steps from Portofino Marina and Church of St. Martin. Church of San Giorgio and Castello Brown are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Castiglione Chiavarese, this bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Parco Avventura Val di Vara, Enel di Vizza Dam, and Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Santuario Madonna della Fontana Airola and Church of San Niccolo are also within 12 mi (20 km).