The jewel of the Italian Riviera, Portofino’s charm is in its intimacy. Originally a fishing village, it attracted aristocratic patronage in the 19th century but has maintained its intimate feel to this day. One never forgets the sight of the beautiful pastel-toned houses bordering the turquoise waters of the bay.
This beautiful peninsula enchanted the Romance poet Lord Byron, who penned many of his best works while visiting. Spend a languid day swimming and sunbathing as the turquoise waves lap at the rocks. You can also learn about Liguria’s rich maritime history at the Punta Chiappa fishing museum.
Considered by many as the most beautiful village in Italy, this fishing port is a must see. Soak up the laid back ambience over a glass of chilled local wine and a bowl of trofie al pesto. The active-minded will enjoy the many hiking trails branching out from the centre. Seafood lovers should visit in May for the Sagra del Pesce festival.
With boats banned from entering, this stylish bay is famed for its crystal blue waters and peaceful atmosphere. Belmond guests will have exclusive access to Bagni Fiore in Paraggi, the only sandy beach near Portofino. Stretch out in the vintage-style cabins and feel transported to the age of vintage Italian glamour.Learn more
Santa Margherita Ligure
This fishing village has been a tourist hotspot since the Second World War. Visit the historic Cervara Abbey, built in 1361, and then stroll its jasmine-scented gardens. Naturally, seafood is buonissimo here: be sure to try the delicious red Santa Margherita prawns. Head to a tiny cavern restaurant, such as Batti, to please the senses.
Stroll to various grand ‘rolli’ buildings and palaces, many boasting stunning 15th-century architecture. Pore over a Caravaggio in one of the many museums, and admire the Gothic churches dotted around bustling piazzas. Down many cobblestone streets, you’ll discover artisan stores and delectable eateries. Don’t miss a visit to the impressive Genoa Aquarium, which is the biggest in Europe.