The Italian Riviera is one of Italy’s most charming and romantic destinations. An expanse of land that encloses Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure, Paraggi, Portofino and more gems tucked along the azure coloured coastline. From savouring Ligurian specialties to living the Dolce Vita in the Piazzetta di Portofino, here is everything you need to know about La Riviera Ligure.
What to do
La Portofinese Eco Farm
The Portofinese Eco Farm is a self-sustainable farm, with the ultimate aim of making its visitors discover also the fascinating Portofino hillsides. The idea is that of recovering land that is abandoned for traditional cultivation and to promote agricultural activities. In the Eco Farm you will see the bee path, where they produce their honey, the wine road and their olive trees. WEBSITE
In between the blue waters of Liguria di Levante and the woods of the Portofino Mountains, the Monastero Benedettino arises. Located in an oasis of complete tranquility, with a unique architecture that is perfectly aligned with its surroundings, the site of the Monastery was originally chosen by martyr Fruttuoso.
A typical maritime village characterised by beautiful houses coloured in bright tones. The village was initially dedicated to maritime and commercial activities, however, over time they started developing other activities such as spinning, weaving and dyeing of fabrics.
Valle dei Mulini
Located in the Portofino National Park, you can walk through the footpath along the Valle dei Mulini, characterized by the remains of 35 mills.
Walk from Paraggi to Portofino
Starting from Santa Margherita Ligure, and passing through Paraggi, Passeggiata dei Bacini is a romantic and panoramic path to see Portofino. The road runs along the seaside, showing a beautiful and absolutely relaxing view.
Museo del Parco di Portofino
A museum located in a beautiful Portofino park with an amazing view of the sea. Created by Baron Mumm in the 80’, the park hosts a collection of rare plants and an important number of contemporary sculptures that keep growing every year, making it a cultural space immersed in the beauty of nature. WEBSITE
Where to eat
Da I Gemelli
Da I Gemelli is a family-run restaurant from 1850 located in the small Portofino port. Today Paolo and Matteo represent the 8th generation of entrepreneurs that run the restaurant. Thanks to the culinary secrets handed down from the mothers and grandmothers, this restaurant will take you on a unique culinary experience across the tradition and elegance of Liguria. WEBSITE
Da ö Battj (originale a Santa Margherita)
Located on the top of a calm and relaxing hill that overlooks the Santa Margherita Gulf we find a traditional restaurant called Da ö Battj. Their signature dish that you need to try is the Scampi alla Battj, a secret recipe that has been passed on for more than 3 generations. WEBSITE
In the scenographic village of Portofino, from where you can admire Golfo del Tigullio, we find Cracco Portofino restaurant. A real journey discovering the traditions of the land with a contemporary twist reinterpreted by Chef Cracco. WEBSITE
A family-run business that started several years ago with the opening of the well-noted restaurant Da Vittorio in Bergamo. The dream of the family was that of extending their business and opening another restaurant in the small yet iconic port of Portofino. Fish and shellfish will be the main protagonists of their new menu. WEBSITE
Bar Morena da Ugo
For a beautiful aperitivo in the main square of Portofino, you absolutely need to try Bar Morena da Ugo. The perfect place to drink a glass of wine, eat some snacks and just admire the Portofino port. WEBSITE
Where to Sleep
Splendido Mare, a belmond hotel
Located in one of the most amazing spots of the Riviera Ligure, we find the Splendido Mare A Belmond Hotel. With its unique elegance, just by the sea, immersed in the typical Portofino atmosphere, this hotel is perfect for a relaxing vacation tasting the authentic Italian spirit. The hotel also offers a refined restaurant, DaV, that will take you on a culinary journey tasting seafood delights. WEBSITE
What to do
Bagni Fiore Dior
Get immersed in the Dolce Vita style in the beauty of Bagno Fiori, this year branded by Dior. Made even more unique by a pop-up spa, a new lounge area and an exclusive concept store. Bagno Fiori is located in the heart of Portofino in the Splendido Mare, surrounded by the rocky coast typical of the area. WEBSITE
In a location from where you can admire the beauty of the bay, we find Il Vernissage. Some small tables on the way up to the castle, where you can enjoy a typical aperitivo.
Tortuga American Bar
Located in the Santa Margherita marina, the Tortuga American Bar is for sure an iconic location. Here you can enjoy an aperitif watching the sun setting or an after dinner drink in company.
Where to sleep
Grand Hotel Miramare
A unique pearl located in the Riviera Ligure, more specifically in Santa Margherita Ligure. Born in 1903 the Grand Hotel Miramare, still has that unique charm of the Dolce Vita times. 75 rooms and suites with the walls that recall the pastel shades of Liguria, that overlook the breathtaking bay and the calmness of the park. WEBSITE