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Villa Portofino

Portofino, Genoa, Italian Riviera


Location On the rocky ledge above Portofino.
Special Features

Villa with private sea access.

Prices € 9300 - 11700 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking
  • Air con
  • Chef
  • Dog welcome
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Airport distance:
    Genoa 35 km
    Pisa 148 km
    Milan 170 km
    Florence 208 km


Heaven on earth

The steep and narrow rocky ledge near Portofino harbor is one of the jewels in Europe's crown and is among the most exclusive residential areas throughout Italy. The Italian Riviera is a picturesque strip of beaches, colorful fishing villages, and green hillsides that stretches from France to Tuscany. The promontory of Portofino is a protected natural area, with a mild climate and dramatic scenery of high cliffs plunging into the sea. The area is a happy mix of glamour and natural beauty set against a backdrop of sparkling turquoise sea. On this grassy rock, we find the Villa Portofino. 

This gigantic rock, towering up from the water, is shared with only a few other exclusive villas, the Castello Brown, a lighthouse and the famous church above Portofino. A short walk brings you to the famous central piazza of Portofino (20 minutes on foot or 10 minutes using a lift) with chic designer shops, exquisite seafood restaurants, and marina lined with grand yachts. Explore the resorts of the Riviera - Santa Margherita (4 km) and lively Rapallo, with excellent shopping. Continue on to the Cinque Terre, five cliffside villages with hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Visit the superb museums and delightful markets of Genoa (30 min.), where narrow alleys wind their way down to one of the most vital harbors of the Mediterranean. Visit the popular resort of Forte dei Marmi or the Cararra marble quarries, where Michelangelo got his pure white marble.

Despite the proximity of the colorful and lively harbor of Portofino, the villa is tucked away and protected from the crowds: the house has private access to the sea and can hardly be seen from the road. A private lift connects the harbor with a walking path that leads to the lighthouse. Villa Portofino is located along this path, about 300 meters from the lift. Along this footpath with shady greenery you will find the entrance gate and a stairway down through a beautiful rock garden to the terrace, shaded by century-old wisteria vines. Although the house is situated high above the sea (20 m), the water is in walking distance: a private flight of 112 steep stone and wood steps leads down to a rocky platform - just the place for sliding into the water to cool off after a sunbathe. 


Built on two levels, Villa Portofino has a panoramic sun deck on top and picture windows to take advantage of the stunning views. With 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms the villa sleeps 11 guests (the weekly price is referred to an occupancy of 10 people). The housemaid who has an additional bedroom with bathroom on the lower level, will prepare breakfast and perhaps one meal a day for groups smaller than 5 (groceries are not included).

As always with Portofino, it is best to arrive with a large yacht. If this is not possible, take the train. Trains on the main rail line from Torino to Rome stop in nearby Rapallo, connected by bus to Portofino. A local train runs from Santa Margherita to the Cinque Terre, with bus service from Portofino to Santa Margherita every 20 minutes (Portofino - S. Margherita 10 minutes). Public transport is also possible by boat (ferry from Portofino to S. Margherita/Rapallo/5 Terre/Camogli/S. Fruttuoso) or water taxi. Pick up service at Genova Airport can be arranged (reservation is required at least 14 days before arrival).

Please bear in mind: This villa is accessible only on foot, therefore this villa is not suitable for people with walking difficulties (112 steps from the house to the sea level, 39 steps from the entrance gate to the house, 23 steps from the house to the solarium). Do not bring a car with you, there is no parking at or near the house (but if you do have a car, parking is available in a garage in town). It is about 10 minutes walking to Portofino if you use the lift, and 20 minutes without the lift. Portofino has a small grocery store, the Santa Margherita grocery store can deliver goods to the villa.


Villa Details

Villa Portofino 11

Upper level:
1 spacious living room with white sofas and sliding glass doors to the patio
1 formal dining room
1 kitchen (stove with oven, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine)
1 double bedroom (beds cannot be separated) with en suite bathroom (with shower)
2 twin bedrooms (beds can be joined)
1 single room
2 bathrooms (one with tub, one with shower)
1 cloakroom

Three of the bedrooms have a sea view, the other has a garden view. An additional single bedroom is available at additional cost.


Lower level:
2 double bedrooms with joinable twin beds, each with en suite bathroom (with shower) 

On this floor is the bedroom and bathroom belonging to the housemaid and an utility room.


Shaded terrace, private way down to the sea and the rock swimming platform
Use of the lift from Portofino harbour to the hill-top

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Location Our evaluation Interior
Villa Portofino 06 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
31 Mar 2018 - 23 Jun 2018
25 Aug 2918 - 29 Sep 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019
23 Jun 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
Villa Portofino
11 PAX 10
9300 EUR 10200 EUR 11700 EUR Calendar Request BookingVilla Portofino

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Reservations from Saturday to Saturday.
PLEASE NOTE: For this property the check-in is possible between 4 and 6 pm.
Maximum 3 children under 15 years allowed (babies under 1 year not included).
Baby bed available.

Extra services available only on request, to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:

  • Cook service for dinners during your stay.
  • Transfer service.
  • Porter service (to be requested directly by the customer to the owner - please see below).

Security deposit, utility deposit for heating, mandatory advance payment for below mentioned services and facilities, heating, additional bed to be paid in euros on the premises:

  • Security deposit: EUR 1000.
  • Utility deposit (unused portion of the utility deposit will be refunded in cash on departure): EUR 300 per week for heating.
  • Mandatory advance payment of EUR 500 to be paid upon arrival and in cash which will include the following services and facilities:
    Final cleaning
    Maid service 8 hours per day from Monday to Saturday (Wednesday day off)
    Internet WIFI connection
    Air conditioning
    Porter service only if pre-arranged 
    Basic grocery shopping: It is a basic shopping for the first breakfast and not a grocery stocking. The quantity of the items will be adjusted by the staff according to the number of guests. The following items are included: milk, coffee, tea, bread, biscuits, sugar, salt, water, fruit, eggs, oil, butter, jam, orange juice, cereals.
    Furthermore is included a standard dinner on your first evening, after a long trip: It consists in a dinner that the guests will find ready in the kitchen with the instructions for heating. The menu can fit vegetarian guests too. No changes are possible for the first dinner. Basically it consists in a pasta al forno, a vegetable tarte, salad, and fruit. Bread, water and wine are included. 
  • If after two days more grocery shopping is requested (since the above mentioned advance payment covers only approx. the first two days), the guests must provide the cook with extra money to buy the food as the cook will not put any money in advance for the guests.
  • Heating (if required): metered.
  • Mobile phone: pre-paid cards available at your own expense.
  • Telephone: only local calls possible, metered.
  • One extra room with an additional bed if maximum capacity PAX 10 is exceeded: EUR 400 per week.
  • Baby bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 100 per week.
  • Extra maid service for more hours (if requested): EUR 20 per hour.
  • Pets allowed: EUR 60 domestic pet supplement per week. If you plan to bring your dog, please send us the completed and signed form Declaration of Accepting Responsibility for Your Pet together with your booking form.
  • Upon request and approval of the owner a late arrival is possible between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm at an extra fee: EUR 50.

Bed, bath and kitchen linens included in the price.

Porter service available on Saturdays from 4.00 to 6.00 pm for the check-in and from 9.00 to 10.00 am for the check-out. This service must be requested previously by the customer directly to the property owner/key holder and is bounded to a time agreement.


Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.

Guests Reviews

Our Guests Reviews

Dear Bettina and a magic Villa Portofino team,
thanks a lot for your wishes!
We wish your a soft landing in a New Year and hope to be your guests one day again!!!
Our hearts are still belonging to this place)))
Warmest regards from Switzerland,
Tatiana and Konstantin, January 2018