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    View from the hill

    by croisbeauty Updated May 18, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Yeap, that's it, one must climb up to the hill to feel the real colours of Portofino. I was lucky to have my camera with changeable lens. The whole place from up here looks different, all the sudden much more details become fully visible. It is alike stepping into another dimension. Too bad the sun again went under the clouds. I guess this are the pictures which every visitor is taking, as suppose we have clonned minds.

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    View from the land

    by croisbeauty Updated May 18, 2012

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    picture of the harbour from the quay
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    Favorite thing: Can't say its different from the land nor even more attractive but land is land, no more those rockings and we all feeling more safe all the sudden. The only problem at the time was sun which was partially under the clouds. When was on the boat, approaching to Portofino, sun was roasting us like crazy, but look this now.

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    View from the boat

    by croisbeauty Updated May 18, 2012

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    entering to the harbor of Portofino
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    Favorite thing: Yeah, after big expectation we finally arrived to the harbor of Portofino, small and filled with boats, those poor looking and those smelling very rich. The first impression was very positive, of course, since it look alike very much to Cinque Terre places, where we were day before. Portofino is deinatelly very charming place.

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    Details

    by croisbeauty Updated May 18, 2012

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    center of Portofino
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    Favorite thing: I like more detailed pictures of the objects which have attracted my attention. Partofino is very pitoresque place rich of colours. Italians know how to mix the colours of the houses in order to look more attractive, and it is not easy to achive. I wonder how this place look alike illumnated during nights, must be extremelly attractive.

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    Portofino

    by call_me_rhia Written Jul 22, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Portofino is a very postcard-charming small village (500 inhabitants) with the reputation of being very fashionable. It really must be the world’s smallest tourist spot of such importance. It’s located 36 km east of Genoa and stands in a protected bay in the Tigullio Gulf.

    The name, apparently, has a very old origin.it is said that it derives from the name of a village that used to be found in this locaton during the Roman Empire: Portus Delphini, the dolphin’s port, because the Gulf used to be inhabited by tghose creatures.

    Fondest memory: Portofino has narrow lanes, a small pebbled square and colourful houses, leaning one against another – like the typical Ligurian fishing village it used to be. But now, instead of fishermen, you are most likely to find VIP lounging around in their huge yachts.

    Famous people that have links with Portofino include kings (Richard Lionheart), popes (Gregory XI), writers (Guy de Maupassant) and inventors (Guglielmo Marconi)

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    Few words in Italian

    by ealgisi Updated Apr 30, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Below few words in Italian that you can use while visiting Italy.

    Waiter / Waitress! - Cameriere/ Cameriera, per favore!
    May I have the menu, please? - Potrei avere il menu, per favore?
    Do you have a set menu / local specialities? - Avete un menu fisso/ delle specialità locali?
    What do you recommend? - Cosa mi raccomanderebbe?
    Do you have vegetarian dishes? - Avete dei piatti vegetariani?
    bread - pane
    butter - burro
    cheese - formaggio
    coffee - caffè
    cream - panna (montata)
    ice cream - gelato
    lemon - limone
    milk - latte
    mineral water - acqua minerale
    mustard - senape
    pepper - pepe
    salad - insalata
    salt - sale
    sugar - zucchero
    tea - tè
    yes/no - si/ no
    please / thank you - per favore/ grazie
    good morning - Buongiorno
    good afternoon - Buon pomeriggio
    good evening - Buona sera
    good night - Buona notte
    good-bye - Arrivederci
    excuse me - mi scusi
    you're welcome - prego
    how long / how far - per quanto tempo/ quanto è lontano
    yesterday / today / tomorrow - ieri/ oggi/ domani
    day / week / month / year - giorno/ settimana/ mese / anno
    left / right - sinistra/ destra
    up / down - su/ giù
    good / bad - buono/ cattivo
    big / small - grande/ piccolo
    cheap / expensive - economico/ caro
    hot / cold - caldo/ freddo
    open / closed - aperto / chiuso
    free/ occupied - libero / occupato
    early / late - presto/ tardi
    Does anyone here speak English? - Qualcuno qui parla inglese?
    I don't speak (much) Italian. - Non parlo l'italiano/ molto italiano.
    Could you repeat that? - Per favore, potrebbe ripetere?
    Could you spell it? - Per favore, potrebbe fare lo spelling?
    Can you translate this for me / us? - Potrebbe tradurre questo per me/ per noi?
    What does this mean? - Che cosa vuol dire?
    I don't understand. - Non capisco.
    How much is that? - Quanto costa?
    Does this bus / train stop at ... ? - Questo autobus/treno ferma a...?
    Monday - lunedì
    Tuesday - martedì
    Wednesday - mercoledì
    Thursday - giovedì
    Friday - venerdì
    Saturday - sabato
    Sunday - domenica

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    Portofino

    by globetrott Updated Nov 3, 2012

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    Portofino - seen from the castle

    Favorite thing: Portofino is one of the most expensive places you may go as a tourist in Italy, especially when you go to a hotel or a restaurant.
    GO there ANYWAY !!
    Look at this lovely bay, seen from the castle and eat somewhere else and search for a hotel somewhere closeby along the Ligurian coast, where the prices are much more reasonable.

    Fondest memory: Portofino is certainly a great place for a daytrip in Liguria !

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    Castle Brown overlooking Portofino

    by globetrott Updated Nov 3, 2012

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    Portofino - the castle

    Favorite thing: The old castle had great strategic importance since times of the roman empire, as from there the whole bay of La Spezia + the Ligurian Coast could be seen and approaching enemies had no chance to land on the coast undetected.

    Fondest memory: And nowadays you as a tourist will be able to visit this nice castle and enjoy the great view over the bay !

    www.Castle Brown

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    Portofino - Italia e bella !!

    by globetrott Updated Nov 3, 2012

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    Portofino and a cat, who wanted to be on VT...
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    Favorite thing: What a lovely place - especially out of season !

    This cat was searching for tourists and obviously was interested to be in my pics, as I saw it down in the port and then again, half an hour later ,up the hill in front of church of San Giorgio .

    Fondest memory: In my 2nd picture you will see that same cat again, sitting on the terrace of San Gorgio, that is quite a distance from the place where i have taken the 1st picture of that cat.

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    Portofino - known since Roman Times

    by globetrott Updated Nov 3, 2012

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    Portofino

    Favorite thing: Portofino was already a village in the times of the roman empire, as it was a great strategic place and a great and safe port - hidden for enemies and easy to watch out for dangerous ships approaching.

    Fondest memory: Plinius maior / Plinius the elder was the founder of the village and he called it "Portus Delphini" almost 2000 years ago. So this is where the name Portofino comes from. The village has nowadays just about 500 inhabitants.

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    In the 1950s the Jet-Set detected Portofino

    by globetrott Updated Nov 3, 2012

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    Favorite thing: In the 1950s and 1960s the international Jet Set found an exclusive and remote place in Portofino. During my visit there was an exhibition of old black&white pics of Hollywood celibrities beeing on holiday in Portofino.
    Well, most of them left and were searching for different places lateron

    ...BUT the high prizes STAYED in Portofino!!!

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    Portofino

    by globetrott Updated Nov 3, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The very end of the boulevard along the sea in Portofino is getting rather small , and there is absolutely NO fence towards the sea, so watch your steps and watch your children.
    It was hard for me to believe that such a place where thousands of tourists are walking through would not be fenced in .

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    Portofino - colorful houses

    by globetrott Updated Nov 3, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Most of the old and colorful fishermen-houses were split into appartments for rich people and sold for high prices.
    And the new owners of these appartments will mostly just spend a few weeks in Portofino each year.

    Fondest memory: On the total Portofino has just around 500 inhabitants nowadays.

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    Portofino - the most expensive villas

    by globetrott Updated Nov 3, 2012

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    Portofino & great villas

    Favorite thing: The most expensive villas are of course the ones on higher up the hills, high on top of the former fishing village of Portofino.

    From San Giorgio and the castle you will have a great overview on these villas with great parks around them.

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    Portofino - keep it clean or pay high fines

    by globetrott Updated Nov 3, 2012

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    Portofino - to be kept clean !!

    Favorite thing: Its funny to see these signs all over Italy and even more funny to see, that the law was given already in 1979 while it was really executed just recently
    Castle Brown is seen in the background, and you also see the huge pinetree, that was planted around 1875 on the terrace , when Mr. Brown bought the castle.

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