Best Time To Visit: Temperatures are pleasant all year round, but spring and autumn promise hot days without too much humidity.
Key Cruising Areas: Portofino is an ideal base to sail along the Cinque Terre, which boasts some of the most dramatic coastal scenery you are likely to experience. Small villages sit atop sheer cliffs, their pastel walls creating a striking image against the lush fields surrounding them.
Don’t Miss: Take your snorkel or diving gear and head out to the Cristo degli Abissi – a submerged bronze statue that sits 56 feet beneath the waves, surrounded by colourful coral and shoals of fish.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: Being a fishing village, the harbour is the place to find the freshest fish and most elegant restaurants. Da Puny is arguably the best, with excellent food, alfresco seating, and a celebrity guest list. Make the most of the incredibly fresh seafood and try the Fritto Misto.