Villa rentals near Portofino

Portofino is a photogenic fishing village famous for its colourful houses that frame a tiny harbour, a prized mooring destination for sleek super-yachts. The crowning jewel of the Italian Riviera, Portofino’s cobbled Piazzetta overlooks the waterfront and is lined with high-end boutiques and seafood restaurants. 

At Tuscany Now & More we take pride in our service. We have 30 years’ experience matching every guest to the right villa. Someone from our small team visits or stays in every Portofino villa we list and knows the area. This is why we keep our portfolio small — and probably why the world’s leading luxury travel magazine says we’re one of Italy’s top five villa rental companies. 

Sleeping up to 12 people, all of our luxury villas near Portofino are air-conditioned, ideal for a warm summer on the Italian Riviera.

Every Tuscany Now & More villa has a private swimming pool, free use of our concierge service, for pre-trip arrangements and an emergency number available 24/7 while you are in-destination. Your concierge can arrange a private chef, daily maid service, or shopping delivered to your villa, and memorable experiences like Ligurian cookery classes in your holiday rental’s kitchen. 

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About Portofino 

The jewel of the Riviera di Levante, Portofino sits at the southeast end of its small promontory, jutting out into the Ligurian Sea and enclosing the Gulf of Rapallo. The picturesque fishing village lies south of nearby Genoa and is surrounded by hiking and walking trails that offer panoramic sea views. Excellent ferry links connect Portofino to equally pretty towns along the coast as well as sleepy beach coves.  

Grand adventures aside, Portofino is an equally special place to simply, peacefully be. Whether you while away the afternoon sitting on the promenade with a crisp glass of white wine, as lapis-blue water laps at your feet, or sunbathe on the beach at Paraggi; living here is easy. 

What to do in Portofino

Any visit to Portofino should begin in the Piazzetta. One of the best ways to experience the fishing port is by following your feet along the pretty, cobbled, side-streets. Just behind the main square is the 12th-century Divo Martino (“Chiesa di San Martino”), a Romanesque church with a sumptuous, frescoed, gilt interior. 

The Museo del Parco is a terraced sculpture garden that lies alongside the marina. Contemporary installations by notable artists are interspersed among Camellias and Oleanders. 

From Portofino’s harbour, climb the steps to the Chiesa di San Giorgio that overlooks the bay. A church has stood on this site since the 12th-century, but the current structure was rebuilt after it was destroyed in the Second World War. 

A flower-lined passage continues from here up to the Castello Brown, a 16th-century Genoese fortress that towers above the fishing village and offers panoramic views across the open sea. 

Portofino is a haven for outdoor lovers as well. Snorkel or dive around the Christ of the Abyss, a bronze statue of Jesus erected on the sea bed in memory of Dario Gonzatti, the first Italian to use scuba gear. Kayak along the coastline or ask our award-winning concierge to arrange a private boat tour for you and your family. 

Well-marked hiking paths wind through the Portofino Regional Park, connecting the glamorous port with San Fruttuoso, home to an 8th-century Benedictine abbey. It is a breathtaking site, where you’ll also find a peaceful pebbled beach and seafood restaurant. If you aren’t convinced by the two-hour hike to reach the abbey, simply hop on a ferry instead. 

For more ideas on what to do in Portofino, read our Portofino travel guide

Food & Drink in Portofino 

Once an active fishing town, Portofino’s culinary love-language naturally centres around seafood, prepared with fresh herbs and other simple, seasonal ingredients. Expect to find Sea Bass, Mussels and Cuttlefish (“Seppie”) on the menu here. 

Liguria is also the birthplace of Pesto, which is made by hand using Genovese Basil, pine nuts, garlic, pecorino, parmesan and olive oil. In Portofino, you might find variations that add fresh tomatoes and vegetables. A classic Italian dish, Pesto is traditionally served with fresh Trofie in Liguria, a narrow twisted pasta from the region. 

Another Ligurian pasta dish we love is Pansotti, a triangular-shaped, filled pasta, similar to Ravioli. However, unlike other stuffed kinds of pasta in Italy, Pansotti is only filled with fresh herbs. It is traditionally served with Salsa di Noci, a walnut-based sauce, made with garlic, salt and milk-soaked bread.  

Taggiasca olive groves grow to the western end of the region, which gives Ligurian Olive Oil its elegant, almost sweet marzipan taste. The olives contain fewer acids than variations across the border in Tuscany, which results in fewer bitter notes. The olive oil makes a fine accompaniment to Genoese Focaccia, which is stuffed, rather than topped, with stracchino cheese.   

La Portofinese is an eco-farm on the outskirts of Portofino, which produces organic olive oil, marmalade and honey, as well as ecological wines made from Vermentino and Bianchetta Genovese grapes. Visitors with a passion for food and sustainable travel can picnic here on fresh home-grown produce with views over the sea, or pay a visit to the olive mill. Our award-winning concierges can arrange a wine tour for you or even private cooking classes from your villa kitchen. 

Shopping in Portofino  

A popular destination among the rich and famous, Portofino has a shopping scene to match. The main streets that branch off from Piazzetta are lined with luxury brands like Balenciaga, Ferragamo and Louis Vuitton. Alongside established labels, smaller boutiques sell quality cashmere, delicate silk and leather products.  

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Why stay near Portofino

Every traveller is different, so there is no such thing as the “best” villa near Portofino; only the best Portofino holiday rental for you. When you contact Tuscany Now & More, you will talk to someone who has stayed at the villas which interest you. It’s our golden rule — and why we stick to a focused, specialist portfolio of around 135 handpicked villas.

When you stay in one of our villas near Portofino, you stay for the Riviera lifestyle and for drinking in those all-important panoramic views. Where else could you possibly want to be as the evening draws in than sipping an aperitivo in your private villa with sea views, as turquoise waves gently lap at the shore somewhere below. 

Bellaria is a chic coastal villa in the laid-back village of San Rocco, which is well stocked with restaurants and bars. It is also within walking distance of Portofino if you are up for a hike through the Regional Park. 

As well as a bountiful natural landscape, Portofino is within reach of several picturesque beaches and coves, like the sandy retreat in the Baia di Paraggi. Venture slightly further along the coastline and you’ll come to Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino’s larger neighbour. Palm trees line the esplanade along the seafront and tropical gardens offer a shady respite at the neoclassical Villa Durazzo. 

There is plenty to see and do in nearby Genoa, Liguria’s capital city and Italy’s largest sea-port. Le Strade Nuove and Palazzi dei Rolli in Genoa’s historic centre include several streets and palaces and are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The incredible Palazzo Reale (“Royal Palace”) is well worth a visit for its frescoed interiors, hall of mirrors and landscaped gardens.  

Portofino is just an hour and a half from Cinque Terre, five fishing villages set back into the cliff face, renowned for their vibrant colours and dramatic coastal landscapes. Coastal footpaths and decent train links make it easy to explore the towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.

Cinque Terre makes for an equally memorable day trip from our villas in Tuscany; it is within an hour’s drive from Pisa and Lucca and under two hours from Florence. We recommend parking in La Spezia and taking the train along the coast. 

When to visit Portofino

Spring temperatures are pleasant throughout most of Liguria, including Portofino. Average daytime temperatures reach a high of 17℃ (62℉) and lows of 11℃ (51℉) overnight by May. With a heated swimming pool, Turkish Steam Room and Sauna, Bellaria is just as well suited to a Spring swim as it is in the height of summer.  

Summer is high season across Italy and daytime temperatures around Portofino rise to an average high of 28℃ (82℉), with lows of 21℃ (69℉) overnight. This is the season for relaxing poolside, relishing the coastal views and cool sea breeze, sunbathing on the beach or taking a private boat tour around hidden, picturesque coves.

Portofino doesn’t tend to get cold in the Autumn, so even as late as October, you can enjoy warm sunny afternoons without the summer crowds. Average daytime highs can reach 20℃ (68℉), with overnight lows of 14℃ (57℉). 

Winter is also a pleasant time to visit Portofino with day time highs of 12℃ (53℉) and overnight lows of 6℃ (42℉). 

If you are planning day trips to the Italian Riviera from your luxury villa in Tuscany, read our month-by-month guide on the Best Time to Visit Tuscany

About Our Handpicked Villas near Portofino

All of our villas at Tuscany Now & More are locally owned and staffed, and we take pride in being able to offer each of our guests a unique experience tailored to their needs. If you are interested in learning more about what makes us different, you can read the Tuscany Now & More story.

Concierge service

Everyone renting a villa near Portofino with Tuscany Now & More gets free, unlimited access to our renowned concierge service. If you want shopping stocked in your fridge on arrival, or a private chef to cook dinner for a special occasion, just ask. Making your holiday lettings extra-special is part of our service. While you are in Italy, our 24-hour ground staff are available by phone or WhatsApp.

Checking in & out

You should check-in at your Portofino holiday rental between 4pm and 7pm. We can accommodate different arrival times — just communicate this in advance to our office staff. Upon arrival, the villa owner or caretaker will inspect the property with you and demonstrate appliances, equipment and utilities.

Check-out is at 10am on the last day of your holiday rental. The villa owner or caretaker will arrive at 9am to settle outstanding payments, if you have any. If you want to depart earlier, please let us know in advance.     

Cleaning

Both the luxury villa and your private swimming pool will be cleaned before your arrival. Some holiday villas have additional cleaning and pool/garden maintenance scheduled during the week. Maid service included with vacation rentals involves cleaning and tidying but does not cover making beds, kitchen cleaning, laundry or ironing. Extra services can be organised via our dedicated travel concierge team.     

Bed linen & towels

Our Portofino holiday rentals include bed linens, bathroom and swimming pool towels for all guests. These are provided weekly. Extra services and changes can be organised via our concierges.

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