Posted by: Kerry & Jim | 7 November 2013

Portofino – positively perfect!

Portofino is just as beautiful as we had imagined it would be.

On Wednesday, with the promise of a couple of days of sunshine we headed off on the 3 hour drive north. I think we have found the perfect place – we may not come home after all. Having said that, early November when the weather is good is the ideal time to visit these coastal villages as they are so overcrowded in the summer months. We almost had the place to ourselves.

We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at our hotel Domina Home Piccolo as we had been upgraded from our offseason standard room with no view for €80 to a junior suite with Mediterranean Ocean views that would normally cost €439 per night in the high season.

After settling into the room we walked the 300 metres to the village in the warm sunshine.


The scenery was postcard perfect.


We walked up to ‘Castle Brown’ for a birds eye view of the village and its surrounds.

The little fishing boats were moored in the inlet and this artist was creating a lovely oil painting of the village.

We lunched at this little cafe overlooking the inlet.


Towards sunset we followed this little path out to the lighthouse passing the church of San Giorgio and its cemetery. On either side of the path the entrances behind the gates were so steep it was difficult to get a glimpse of the lovely homes.

The views at sunset were wonderful.

And to top it of dinner was fabulous. We ate at Ristorante Puny in the main piazza – starting with seafood antipasto followed by baked sea bass with laurel, potatoes and olives. Delicious!


  1. Kerry looking good – just beautiful photography and brings back so many happy memories. Pav on a diet – as much chance as managing a leave roster on a two man submarine.

  2. WE to loved Portofino….might get a job there serving the bubbles to the ladies at a harbour cafe…right up your alley James!

  3. What a wonderful time you are having and sharing your experiences with us.
    We are looking forward to having you back in our “Friday Tarts” group back in Perth, Kerry. Keep enjoying, see you soon. Love Jan Portwood

    • Thanks Jan. Looking forward to see you all soon.

  4. Wow still in short sleeves there. Never been to Portofino but will do next visit. Enjoy the rest of your holiday

    • Thanks Jan. The day in Portofino was exceptionally warm for this time of the year – it is cold and wet back here in at home.

  5. Hi Jim & Kerry. You have captured some exceptional photo’s of a beautiful part of the world. Your killing me with the food photo’s though as I am trying to stick to a diet. Impossible. Congrats on the upgrade, love your work. Kind regards Pav

    • Sorry for the temptations – the food is so very good.

  6. What a beautiful Portofino ! I saw you with a t-shirt in november ! Here in Holland its raining every day and its dark en cold……enjoy the Italian sun.

    • It was such a lovely day. Back at Ponte a Serraglio and it is cold and wet.

  7. Portofino is a marvelous town. We always stop there for lunch on our way to and from Bagni di Lucca. As you said, it is less than 3 hours away from home. We also love Santa Margherita Ligure.
    Great photos!

    • We were very glad we made the trip. What a great lunch stop!

  8. Great photos and brings back some wonderful memories of our visit to Portofino from a cruise ship. Keep the stories coming.

    • It’s one of those places that you can’t help but like.

  9. Now that does look nice!

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