The small, elegant harbor of Portofino in Liguria has long been a haven for the rich and famous. Sapphire colored waters rimmed by pastel-painted buildings makes this fishing village and holiday resort magnetic. Known during the early Roman era as Portus Dolphini, attributed to the many dolphins on the coast during that time, Portofino has been a sought-after playground for centuries. Steven Spielberg, Chris Martin, Rihanna, Kate Moss, and Russian billionaire Andry Melnichenko, among others, have often been spotted relaxing on their yachts or enjoying the small town ambiance.
The Marina di Portofino is the Italian Riviera’s elite yachting capital, with only 14 berths along Molo Umberto I, the main quay, for pleasure boats and yachts. This serves to maximize the privacy and exclusivity of the marina. Prized for luxury yachting, moorage for the night during peak season runs upward to a mere $2,912.00 for super- yachts. During the summer months, the marina is very crowded and boat traffic can be a bit challenging. Many boats anchor outside of the harbor and those on board tendered into the marina.
There is only one road that leads into and out of Portofino if you are driving, but it’s worth the time and patience to visit this exquisite little harbor. Do be aware that prices run very high for most anything, so you may just want to enjoy a coffee as you stroll the walkway around the harbor.