Mr Bell’s Mediterranean Cruise: Portofino


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After Sorrento the next port of call was Civitavecchia for Rome. Having only just visited Rome a few months before we decided to spend the day on board the ship enjoying the weather and relaxing. On day 6 we arrived at the pretty town of Portofino, probably my favourite stop on the entire cruise.

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Portofino is a tiny town of pastel houses that line the shore of a small harbour filled with sleek and expensive yachts overlooked by a castle and backed by lush hills dotted with stunning villas.

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We were anchored off shore at 9 am and after breakfast headed down to catch a tender to the shore. Portofino is beautiful and arriving by boat is the best way to see it, to me it looked like something out of a film set.

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The tender dropped us at the small but pretty harbour from where we walked around past some very expensive looking yachts and smaller local fishing boats to the main town.

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The cobbled streets and pastel coloured houses give Portofino an almost storybook feel, like something you’d find at a Disney theme park rather than a real place.

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Among the luxury shops who cater to the rich and famous who frequent the town are some lovely little bars, coffee shops and restaurants with tables and chairs overlooking the harbour.

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Overlooking the town is the Castello Brown, a medieval castle with a pleasant garden and some wonderful views of the town and the harbour. It took about 15 minutes to walk up quite a steep hill but the views were worth it from the top.

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Back down on the harbour I spotted some bright pink meerkats perched on a garden wall, this turned out to be a somewhat bizarre sculpture garden. A strange thing to have in such a pretty place I thought.

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I really liked Portofino and although there’s not a great deal to see in the town itself it was a beautiful place to just walk around and enjoy.

Next port of call La Spezia.

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