Just inland from the coast, a natural barrier is formed by the Apennine Mountains, which protect the seaside resorts from the elements and create a background of extraordinary beauty.
Among ruins dating from the Middle Ages and remnants from the ancient Republic of Genoa and its noble families, the landscape bears witness to the passage of time and hard physical labour.
The endless stone walls erected in order to create farmland, mills, mines and foundries in an effort to make a living off the land bear evidence of man’s toil.
Proceeding inland, where the Ligurian Apennines reach their highest peaks, typical Alpine landscapes are created by the pine trees and firs whose reflections can be seen in the crystal-clear waters of small mountain lakes.
Relaxing summer holidays can be spent in the little villages, where there are plenty of opportunities for invigorating hikes and excursions.
The hinterland of Portofino Coast is characterized by five Valleys that branch off the sea towards Ligurian Appenine: