This is another example of a great piece of art, displayed in castle Brown.
The castle is open daily between 10.00 a.m. and 05.00 p.m.
The entrance-fee was 3,- €uros in 2003.
Click on my link below and read more about it in their webpage !
There is a rather large terrace around the castle ,with the famous great view over the bay of Portofino.
And the huge Pinetree, planted by Mr. Brown in 1875 gives a great shady atmosphere up there on a hot day.
Only the entrance hall of Castle Brown was fully furnished,all the other rooms just showed the photo-exhibition, but of course you could imagine what a great kind of living it was up there on the hill with such a great view and fresh air all day in castle Brown.
In 2003 there was a small entrance fee of 3,- € for the castle.
For this ticket you were able to walk around the castle on your own and enjoy the view from the garden and terrace.
And in addition there was a special photo-exhibition showing plenty of Hollywood-celebrities spending their vacations here in Portofino in the 1950's and 1960's.
I dont think that this was a permanent exhibition.
In the 19th century Mr. Brown bought the castle. He restored it and planted plenty of trees around the castle, including the 2 pinetrees, that became that very huge and impressive, that you will be able to see them already from the port down in the bay of Portofino.
I was there in the end of march, and saw these small oranges already on the trees
It was the very special place on top of this mountain, overlooking the mediteranean Sea as well as the whole bay of Rapallo, that was the reason to build this castle plenty of centuries ago. And nowadays tourists are able to enjoy that perfect panorama-view from up there.
Walking up to the castle will take about 20minutes from San Giorgio church on an easy and smooth path.
The small path will pass by small towers like this one, that belonged to the fortress once , but they are privately owned today.
From the terrace of the castle you will have the very best view of Portofino and all the coastline towards La Spezia, as well as to the open Mediteranean Sea.
The flower on my photograph was already blooming in the end of march 2003, so you will realize how moderate and warm the climate is in this region of Liguria.
Its name is Castle Brown. It was built on Roman foundations. Around 1000 it was donated to the Benedictine monks of S. Fruttuoso and was subsequently handed over to the consuls of Rapallo and in the 15th century to the Genovese. It was property of the Visconti of Milano between 1425 and 1435. It was restored at the beginning of the 1500 and enlarged between 1622 and 1624. Montague Yeats Brown; English consul in Genoa bought the property in 1867. His descendants held the property until 1949, then sold it to an English couple.
The castle has lots of rooms to visit. There you can see many black and white pictures of actors, politicians and other famous people who visited Portofino in the 1950-60's.
Castle brown has a garden, but unfortunately it was closed when I was there. Anyway I enjoyed the terrasse and the landscape from there.
Castello Brown was built in the 16th century and had important strategic purpose in defending Portofino bay against the intruders. It is perfectly positioned controlling the entrance into the bay but also, the open sea from the other side.
Later on, close to end of the 19th century, the castle was purchased by Montague Yeats Brown, the English consul in Genoa. It becomes his residence and was transformed to a comfortable villa.
Since 1961 the castle is property of the city of Portofino housing the fine museum.
Archaeologists believe that some form of a fortified castle (castrum) has existed on this high promontory since the 2nd or 3rd century AD. However, the existing Castello di San Giorgio was built by the Republic of Genoa in 1425 to guard Portofino and the entire Tigullian Gulf (Golfo del Tigullio) from its strategic position overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the Portofino Harbour. The castle continued to be enlarged and fortified until it fell into disuse in the early 19th century. In 1867, the British consul in Genoa, Montague Yeats Brown, purchased the castle and converted it into a personal residence. Since then, the castle has also been known as Castello Brown. In 1961, the castle was purchased by the town of Portofino and subsequently opened to visitors.
Brown’s Castle is a recent name for a building which was once called Saint George Castle. Rather than a castle, it’s a military fortification possibly built before the 15th century. It helped protect the town from many attacks throughout the centuries.
In 1870 sir Montague Yeats Brown, who was the British consul in Rome, bought the property, changed its name and enlarged it, making it look more like a castle than a defensive construction. Since 1961 it has returned to the town of Portofino, which is now using the castle for exhibitions
Castello Brown sits on a hill above the village. You can reach the castle by a path near the Botanic Garden. The castle is open from 10AM until 7PM in summer and until 5PM in winter. The castle has a nice garden and affords great views of Portofino and the sea. The medieval castle became the residence of Yeats Brown, British consul to Genoa, in 1870. Inside are furnishings and pictures belonging to the Browns as well as photos of many famous visitors to Portofino. -- http://goitaly.about.com/od/portofino/p/portofino.htm
The castle is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden featuring a wealth of flowers, rose-gardens and pergolas.
The surrounding view is charming, opening up on the gulf up to Punta Baffe and from the terrace to Portofino and the harbour.
The walls of the building are enriched by a number of reliefs and comprise architectural furnishings of marble.
Do go to the castle. It is a beautful hike and once you visited the castle, go further to the tip of the cliff to where the light house is. The view of the view of the sea is breath taking. I will have a picture of that view shortly.