A small town, Portofino is centred around its beautiful harbour. Layers of buildings create a feel that you are looking down on the port, allowing for stunning views. The harbour is not just an aesthetic spot - its fishing industry remains at the heart of its economy.
Many of Portofino’s historical landmarks are associated to the village’s strong religious beliefs, with numerous gothic churches and Oratory’s. Perhaps most famous is the Statue of Christ of the Abyss. Standing 17 metres underwater, it was placed to protect fishermen following the death of a diver. Visitors to Portofino can dive to the Christ of the Abyss for a quite moving experience.
As with any rustic Italian village, Portofino has an affinity with good food. Pesto originates from the Italian Riviera, using fresh basil leaves and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese to create a delicious blend. As a harbour town, unsurprisingly fresh fish is a popular choice within the restaurants that adorn the harbour side. Grilled bass and sea bream are noted as particularly enjoyable. A signature dish is Seafood Portofino, a linguine with a white wine sauce and seafood including shrimp, mussels and scallops.