Perching on the peninsula in the iconic town of Portofino is glorious Villa Basilico. Sharing its impressive location are just a handful of other villas, along with a church, lighthouse and the historic Castello Brown.
This lush, protected natural area creates an idyllic atmosphere around the villa and its rambling grounds in which to fully appreciate the sea views. It's a paradise getaway in truly one of the most scenic spots on the Ligurian coast.
Villa Basilico offers total peace and privacy in its picturesque position. A long stairway from the entrance gate leads down to the villa from the quiet footpath, so it cannot be seen. And the backdrop to this stunning villa is the sparkling blue sea, which you can directly access from your own private rock swimming platform.
Each one of the six bedrooms has either sea or garden views, with several opening out into the beautiful outside space that the villa nestles within. And as you explore the grounds, you'll be charmed by the typically Mediterranean seating and dining terraces that offer incredible views over the water.
Also bringing the outside in is the spacious living/dining room. Unwind on a sumptuous sofa after soaking up the atmosphere in sunny Portofino town, before enjoying al fresco dinner and drinks. Sliding doors lead out onto a wisteria-draped pergola that provides both shade and an enchanting sense of Italian romance to the dining terrace area.
Everything is relaxed from the moment you step foot inside Villa Basilico. Included with your stay are groceries and a prepared, delivered dinner on arrival day; meaning you can take it easy from the start.
Because Villa Basilico can only be reached on foot due to its secluded setting, the tranquillity here is unmatched. And yet the centre of Portofino with its harbour and pretty pastel-coloured buildings is less than a 20-minute walk away. It's even quicker if you take advantage of the private elevator that connects the pathway to the harbour.
If you can tear yourself away from the beauty and elegance of Portofino, there are many other coastal villages, towns and cities within easy reach. Soak up centuries of history in Genoa and enjoy the sandy stretches, hiking trails and charming villages of the famous Cinque Terre.
The villa sits in a secluded position on the Portofino peninsula with just a few other properties sharing this majestic protected natural area. Sweeping sea views and direct access to the sea via a private swimming platform add to the sense of being totally away from it all.
Castello Brown, the imposing 16th-century fortress and museum is just a few minutes' walk from Villa Basilico, with Portofino's famous lighthouse less than 10 minutes away. And in around 20 minutes you can walk to the centre of Portofino, with its iconic harbour and pastel-coloured buildings. It's even quicker if you take advantage of the elevator that brings you to the pathway that leads right into town.
The picturesque piazza is the main hub of the town, with yachts moored in the harbour and a great choice of restaurants and designer shops. You can be as active or relaxed as you want in Portofino. Enjoy hiking through unspoilt landscapes and swims in the sea - or simply pass leisurely afternoons with coffee in the piazza. The nearest sandy beach is found at Paraggi (3km).
Take the bus from Portofino to the nearby town of Santa Margherita Ligure (5km) in around 15 minutes, or enjoy a ferry ride there in about the same time. In Santa Margherita Ligure you can catch the train to the gorgeous coastal Cinque Terre villages, with the sandy beach at Monterosso al Mare just under an hour away.
The port city of Genoa (35km) is around 40 minutes away by train from Santa Margherita Ligure. It's full of historic architecture, with Cattedrale di San Lorenzo and the Renaissance-era street Via Garibaldi being particularly impressive highlights.
At Excellence Luxury Villaswe pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the
concierge request form or contact Excellence Luxury Villas Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services
Extras included at this property:
- Daily maid service (3hours/day, except Wednesdays)
- Prepared dinner for your arrival, to be re-heated (for stays of 7 nights or more)
- Welcome pack including milk, coffee, tea, bread, biscuits, water, fruit, eggs, oil, butter, jam, cereals and orange juice (for stays of 7 nights or more)
Extras available at this property (payable locally):
- Porter service
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests.