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The azure sea and exclusive cove of Portofino is a must see when traveling along the coast of northern Italy. This tiny gem nestled on top of the Italian Riveria is the home to Dolce Gabanna and movie stars from old Hollywood. Yachts bring the rich and famous into its tiny marina while villas and a hidden national park rises above the Gulf of Tigullio just east of Genoa.
The best way to get to Portofino if you are staying in the area is by car. There are a few small parking lots just down the hill from the marina. The drive to Portofino is part of its charm. If you don't like the winding roads that take you down to Portofino, there are ferries that stop from the neighboring towns of the Riveria and Genoa. The other option is by train to Santa Margherita which is just 15 minutes down the hill.
This is a great place to spend a few hours hiking up to the botanical gardens or the Castello Brown (brown castle) This is a hike recommended for people who can walk up steep steps. There is a beatiful San Giorgio Church, rebuilt after the last war. Another scenic pathway takes you clear out to the lighthouse, faro, on Punta del Capo. Enjoy sitting at one of the tiny cafes for a lunch or gelato and relax and watch the yachts come in to the harbor. This town is a great photo op for truly remarkable Italian Riveria charm. There are many old people selling handmade tea towels and small souvineers to remind you of your day in Portofino.
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Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer!
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