Take the train in Santa Margherita and catch the Tigullio bus ((tel) 0185-373-239), which departs the train station and Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Santa Margherita every 20 minutes and follows one of Italy’s most beautiful coastal roads (25 min.).
The best way to arrive in Portofino is on your private yacht, but if you’ve left it at home for this visit to Italy, the next best thing is to sail in on one of the Golfo Paradiso ferries (www.golfoparadiso.it; (tel) 0185-772-091) from Camogli,or aboard a Tigullio ferry (www.traghettiportofino.it; (tel) 0185-284-670) from Santa Margherita or Rapallo.
On a summer visit by car, you may encounter crowds even before you get into town, because traffic on the tiny road from Santa Margherita, just a few kilometers down the coast of the promontory, can move at a snail’s pace. In fact, given the limited parking space in Portofino, visitors must pay obscene rates to use the town garage, you would do well to leave your car in Santa Margherita and take the bus or boat.
Portofino’s tourist office is at Via Roma 35 (www.turismoinliguria.it; (tel) 0185-269-024). Summer hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 1pm and 2 to 6pm, Sunday 9:30am to 12:30pm and 3:30 to 6:30pm; winter hours are Tuesday to Saturday 9:30am to 1:30pm and 2 to 5pm.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.