The three pearls of the Tigullio Gulf: Portofino, Santa Margherita e Rapallo

4 or 7 hours

The “Three Pearls” of the Gulf of Tigullio from the 19th century have attracted the elite of European visitors. 

Portofino, set in a beautiful bay, was called in Roman times: “Portus Delphini”. It was once a quiet fishing village. Its high and colourful houses are built in a semi-circle on its famous square. In the 1950s it became a renowned international resort, and it still retains all its charm.
Santa Margherita Ligure: an elegant resort, with brightly coloured houses, the facades in “trompe l’oil” the Art Nouveau hotels and the beautiful church dedicated to Our Lady of the Rose. 

Rapallo: a Small town situated in a magnificent position in the Gulf of Tigullio, is of very ancient origin. The historic center with its shops, bars and restaurants is made up of typical Ligurian alleys, while the promenade has elegant cafés in “Liberty” style. 

On the hill behind the town, lies the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montallegro, famous for its wonderful views and the hundreds of “ex voto” made by sailors. The sanctuary can be reached by a funicular.