Villa Barbara is an exquisite, 12-acre luxury estate set on the hills looking down the glitzy bay of Portofino. This property offers wide open views of the sea and total privacy, yet is just a few minutes walk to the center of town with its shops and restaurants. Villa Barbara embraces the quintessential coastal life. Enjoy the private panoramic swimming pool and verdant park where to escape the summer heat, the white-glove service of the house staff, always ready to please you, but most of all, the view of the Bay from your dinner table…priceless!
Nearest Airport: Genoa 55 min; Milan Malpensa 2 h 41 min
Nearest serviced town: in Portofino
Nearest beach: Paraggi 9 min
Driving time estimated by Google Maps
Although being just a small Italian fishing village, Portofino has become an internationally acclaimed resort thanks to its picturesque beauty. The town, crowded round a small harbor, is considered to be among the most beautiful Italian destinations.
From here you may visit the Cinque Terre with the iconic five villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Walking from village to village - or hopping on the train which connects them all - picture-perfect sights of this idyllic UNESCO seaside site will remain etched in your memory forever. With the help of our concierge you may also rent a boat, the best way to enjoy this spectacular and scenic area with its colorful architecture and explore the beautiful coves accessible only by sea.
You can drive to Genoa (30 min by car), nicknamed la Superba ("the Proud one") due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks. Still the biggest Italian port city, Genoa was declared a UNESCO site because of the impressive architecture of its buildings, rich in history and artistic value. Drive to Milan (2 hrs) to visit the magnificent city and shop in the Fashion Capital of the world!
WHERE TO EAT
Puny - Located on the famous piazzetta, the restaurant is specialized in seafood and other Ligurian dishes. Have lunch here and admire the jetsetters coming off their boats for a drink. Excellent food and very attentive service. They do not accept credit cards.
Piazza Martiri dell'Olivetta 5, Portofino - +39 0185 269 037
Taverna del Marinaio - Delicious seafood dishes. Fantastic views of Castello Brown and the Church of San Giorgio. Very romantic atmosphere.
Piazza Martiri dell'Olivetta 36, Portofino - +39 0185 269 103
I Gemelli - Alternative restaurant on the piazzetta to eat excellent fish and typical dishes.
Calata Marconi 7, Portofino - +39 0185 269 257
U Batti - Simple place, renowned for its fresh prawn with lemon sauce, serves set menu.
Vico Nuovo 17, Portofino - +39 0185 269 379
Belforte Restaurant - Simple Ligurian recipes strictly prepared with genuine and local ingredients, including - of course - catch of the day.
Via G. Guidoni 42, Vernazza - +39 0187 812 222
WHERE TO SHOP
Portofino is a shopper’s paradise. In fact, all the major international luxury fashion brands have stores in this town. Be ready for a true shopping spree and the consequential slimming down of your wallet!
Food - Pesto sauce and typical local products - Niasca Portofino.
Via del Fondaco 12, Portofino - +39 0185 269 069
Worth mentioning is also Orizzonti, an interesting concept store where you can find the perfect outfit for the Riviera and that local art craft that you want to take home with you.
Calata Marconi 24, Portofino - +39 0185 269 50
Hand-made shoes - Calzoleria Mingo for many years destination shop for artisanal hand-made shoes, famous among Italian aristocrats and international celebrities.
Via Roma 9, Portofino - +39 0185 269 570
Hand-made embroidery - Nives Ricami, beautifully designed and crafted house linens.
Piazzetta della Magnolia 3, Portofino - +39 0185 269 464