Portofino is a former fishing village nestled in the heart of the Riviera, which can delight the jet set with luxury and discretion.
SPECIAL Portofino: Inspiring Destination
« A small village that extends like a crescent moon around this calm basin. » The words of Guy de Maupassant capture all the finesse and enchantment of Portofino.
The small village has become an iconic holiday resort for the jet set — a story of love, friendship and pleasure that has attracted many illustrious visitors. Friendship first. When the leading actor of ‘My Fair Lady’, Rex Harrison, discovers Portofino, he acquires an estate there and quickly invites his friends to visit. Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Truman Capote, Maria Callas and Aristote Onassis.
Then love. In 1958 Fred Buscaglione sang ‘Love In Portofino’, a veritable hymn to the Dolce Vita. But jet set version. This is where Liz Taylor spent her eight honeymoons. In the heart of the Belmond Hotel Splendido, the iconic hotel of Portofino that was inaugurated in 1901 and counts in its guestbook the leading figures of the jet set. Hemingway, but also the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. To name only a few.
All came to find enchantment in Portofino. Around its small streets, colorful and nestled in lush and simply magnificent vegetation…
This magnificence is captured in the film ‘Beyond the Clouds’ by Michelangelo Antonioni and Wim Wenders – the story of a beautiful destination that serves as a backdrop for the craziest stories. From the haunted villa which was the tomb of Lord Carnarvon, even if he had just dug up that of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, passing through the series of Dior Cruise 2012 films directed by Ellen von Unwerth… Portofino has everything for a romantic and legendary destination!
Up in the hills, the emblematic restaurant of the Belmond Hotel Splendido, La Terrazza, can be found and offers the most sophisticated cuisine on the island with a romantic view of the sea.