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.

Known for

Beaches, Cafes and Swimming

Top Hotels in Golfo Tigullio

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
Via Aurelia Orientale 369, Rapallo
Aug 11 - Aug 12
4.2/5Excellent! (604 reviews)

"Great pool area and restaurant looking down on Rapallo. Room was great. We didn’t use the spa but it was very nice."…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa
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Excelsior Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
Via San Michele Di Pagana 8, Rapallo
Jul 30 - Jul 31
4.6/5Wonderful! (778 reviews)

"We loved the position of the hotel right on the water and being able to swim in the sea and the swimming pools The views were lovely"…"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2019

Excelsior Palace Hotel
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Hotel Tirreno
3 out of 5
Via Como, 41, Lavagna
Jul 21 - Jul 22
3.5/5Good! (133 reviews)

"Service was bad, nobody spoke English. It was very difucalt to communicate . Don’t stay again at this hotel"…"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2018

Hotel Tirreno

Popular things to do in Golfo Tigullio

Bay of Silence
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Bay of Silence

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Bay of Silence, a popular beach in Sestri Levante. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Portofino Regional Park
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Portofino Regional Park

Explore the great outdoors at Portofino Regional Park, a lovely green space in Camogli. While you're in the area, stroll along the beautiful beaches.

Top activities in Golfo Tigullio

3-Day Cinque Terre Tour & Free Time in Santa Margherita Ligure
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3-Day Cinque Terre Tour & Free Time in Santa Margherita Ligure


Explore the enchanting sights of the Cinque Terre with a 3-day journey that combines a guided tour with plenty of time to explore the Italian coast for yourself. You get an introduction to the beautiful cliffs, followed by the freedom to get to know the area at your own pace.

Genoa Walking Tour & Cruise to Portofino from Genoa
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Genoa Walking Tour & Cruise to Portofino from Genoa


Devote the day to discovering the glorious past of Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, and the seaside splendor of Portofino on this 2-in-1 tour. After exploring Genoa's labyrinthine Old Town, embark on a stunning cruise to visit the colorful fishing village at your own pace.

Private Minivan: Genoa Port Cruise Terminal
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Private Minivan: Genoa Port Cruise Terminal


Enjoy convenient private transportation between Genoa Cruise Terminal and your hotel in the comfort of a minivan. For transfers to and from Genoa Cruise Terminal, the zones to select from include: Genoa City Center Select this option for hotels located in Genoa city center.