The Portofino Natural Park
The Portofino Natural Park is located between the Gulf of Paradiso and the Gulf of Tigullio. It's a small gem of Liguria where you can walk amidst nature, surrounded by uniquely beautiful and extraordinary landscapes.
Descending from the summit, after passing through the Mediterranean scrub and the woods shaded by centuries-old trees, you'll be captivated by the picturesque coastal villages, each with its own characteristics: the pastel-colored houses of Camogli; the unmistakable square of Portofino; the promenade of Santa Margherita Ligure; the turquoise sea of Paraggi; the rock of Punta Chiappa and the ancient Abbey of San Fruttuoso di Camogli.
The variety of environments that make up the Park and a network of over 80 kilometers of trails allow you to create endless itineraries that can satisfy the diverse needs of visitors, from a simple family stroll, such as the "Animal Trail," to a longer and more challenging route for the experienced hiker who decides to reach the enchanting bay of San Fruttuoso di Camogli, facing the exposed passages of the Passo del Bacio.
But in addition to the beauty of the landscape, within the Portofino Park, you can also find interesting routes from a historical and cultural perspective. If the remains of ancient mills along the trail from Paraggi to the Gassetta Mill, known as the "Valley of the Mills," bear witness to the importance of this valley in the production of oil and flour in the past, on the western side of the promontory, in the Batterie area, the wartime artifacts, partly recovered and enhanced by the Portofino Park Authority, harken back to World War II, when this area provided protection for the Port of Genoa first and later for the German Army.
The "Monte," as it is affectionately called by the locals, thanks to the temperate climate of the area, attracts trekking and mountain biking enthusiasts from all over the world throughout the year.
How to reach Portofino Vetta
From S. Margherita Ligure
For those coming from S. Margherita Ligure, the entrance to the Park is immediately after the tunnel, turning left; for those coming from Rapallo, Camogli, or Recco, the entrance is visible just to the right of the tunnel in Ruta di Camogli.
By Public Transport
If you wish to reach the summit using public transportation, you can take advantage of the service provided by AMT. The area is well-served by buses, whether you are departing from Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure, Camogli, or Portofino (via Santa Margherita Ligure).
The only clarification is that the nearest bus stop is Ruta di Camogli, from which you can take the trail behind the Church of S. Michele to reach the summit in about 30 minutes.
Alternatively, you can continue to San Rocco (on foot or by bus) to start your hikes from this location.
Bus schedules can be found on the AMT website.
No fires allowed
Limited access for bicycles
Respect the flora
Collecting minerals prohibited
No motor vehicle access allowed
Do not litter
Always follow the trails
Respect the animals
You can find these prohibitions on the explanatory panels located throughout the Portofino Park, and they apply to the Park itself.
We would like to emphasize that it is always a good practice to follow these guidelines in any place, respecting the environment around us.
Regarding bicycle access, each area has its own rules. Many trails are shared with mountain bikes (MTB), while others are exclusively dedicated to one or the other activity.