Portofino Travel Guide

  • Portofino
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  • Castello Brown
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  • Castello Brown
    by Agraichen

Portofino Things to Do

  • Castello Brown

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The climb "up the hill" from the port is quite strenuous for "older" people so take it easy and just pace yourself. My legs certainly were complaining when I reached the top but the views were wonderful and I felt it worth the trek.

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  • Chiesa di S.Giorgio

    Climbing up at least to San Giorgio is a must. The church itself is great although it is not as richly decorated as many other , less famous churches in Liguria. And just in front of the church you will have this terrace for a first great view of the whole Portofino-bay, just in case that you will not have enough time to walk up to the castle.

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  • Castle Brown

    The climb "up the hill" from the port is quite strenuous for "older" people so take it easy and just pace yourself. My legs certainly were complaining when I reached the top but the views were wonderful and I felt it worth the trek.

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  • Castello Brown - great pieces of art

    There are some very nice pieces of art displayed in the castle, like this great woodcarving in the entrance hall.

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  • Castello Brown - great pieces of art

    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 !

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  • The terrace of the castle

    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.

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  • The entrance hall of Castle Brown

    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.

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  • a small entrance-fee

    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...

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  • Mr. Brown bought the castle in the 19th...

    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

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  • The castle had strategic importance once

    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.

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  • Walk up the castle

    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.

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  • The terrace in front of San Giorgio

    Climbing up at least to San Giorgio is a must. The church itself is great although it is not as richly decorated as many other , less famous churches in Liguria.And just in front of the church you will have this terrace for a first great view of the whole Portofino-bay, just in case that you will not have enough time to walk up to the castle.

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Portofino Restaurants

  • A good cafe in Santa Margherita Ligure.

    Portofino has a good choice of restaurants, but they are expensive. I couldn't find a fast food or "pizza al taglio" (pizza by slice) where to sit while eating. There is a grocery shop in the village though.After a long search for a "quite budget" restaurant I decided to take a bus to Santa Margherita Ligure and head to my favourite restaurant...

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  • great garden-restaurants ~ ~ but almost...

    There are several restaurants and cafes in the bay of Portofino..........but no matter, how many tourists arrived by ship, they were almost empty ( although our ship had about 150 passengers )And DO NOT expect to be able to have a look into a menu posted at the entrance like you usually can in other restaurants

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  • small tables directely at the sea

    At the end of the boulevard the sidewalk get rather narrow and still you see a nice restaurant garden with tables directely at the sea.Be Carefull : NO barrier or fence on the seaside of the trottoir !! Seafood is absolutely fresh here in Portofino, and the sea is almost cristall clear.

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  • Picknick with a view !

    Restaurant prices are really extremely high - I knew that already from my guide-books, and I had a stay of just 3 hours, and did not want to spend a lot of time waiting for the waiters...So I decided to bring a picknick, as seen here on my pic...I had " Focaccia con Olive " (an Olivebread ) + " Focaccia con Cipolle " ( a Onion-guiche ) and some...

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  • Avoid like the plaque

    The food was ok but this a simple tourist trap. They will charge each person a covercharge of €4, I ordered a coke and was charged €8. I've been around the globe but have never been taking advantage off like this before, oh and the coke wasn't on the menu so you couldn't see the prices. The places next door charged half the price for a...

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  • Ristorante - Pizzeria

    Italian restaurants have their own rules, you could be hungry as a wolf but they wont open if siesta time. Late afteroon, between 2 and 6pm, is the worst time to feel hunger when in Italy. Most restaurants are closed and they wont open even if you are the Pope himself. Fact is, I wasn't very hungry but wanted to taste spaghetti con muscoli, since...

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Portofino Transportation

  • get there with your own sailingboat

    To go to Portofino by your own sailingboat sounds like a great idea, but the space to anchor is certainly limited - especially at the high season .And you also should know that in various bays around Portofino anchoring is totally forbidden by law !So you better check the regulations first !

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  • a small map of Portofino

    This is a small map for a better orientation.You see the houses and the famous Portofino-bay on the left, and the yacht-port on the right on the map ( just under the Castle )In the Yacht-port you will find a public toilet ( 0,50 € ) and even a public shower.

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  • Walk, just walk !!!

    Great paths are leading to all important places of interest, like this road to the church of San Giorgio.The roads in Portofino are mostly paved with cobbled stones and two tracks for the small transportation-vehicles.

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Portofino Shopping

  • boutiques

    Clothing is part of my job and I am always and everywhere checking shops which selling clots. Top touristic destinations usually have top quality shops with the cloths. Loro Piana is world's leading manufacturer of fine fabrics characterised by ultra fine cashmere and merino wool. Actually, Loro Piana is world's largest cashmere producer. Around 20...

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  • the best wowen fabrics in the world

    Clothing is part of my job and I am always and everywhere checking shops which selling clots. Top touristic destinations usually have top quality shops with the cloths.Loro Piana is world's leading manufacturer of fine fabrics characterised by ultra fine cashmere and merino wool. Actually, Loro Piana is world's largest cashmere producer. Around 20...

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  • High end fashion

    You may have a hard time finding a pharmacy in Portofino, but if you need the latest in high end fashion, you will not have to search for long. As a major magnet to wealthy tourists, the town is filled with boutiques of the most luxurious Italian labels. Salvatore Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zegna, Emilio Pucci, and Missoni are just a few of the names...

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Portofino Local Customs

  • See yourself, make own photo

    "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all" - you Boris of course, you are fairest of all. Hm, who doesn't know for the "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", it is probably the most loveably kid's story of all times!. So, make your dreams to come true in Portofino, be one of many who already asked that question.

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  • Showing up

    Luxury yacht owners enjoying in showing up, landing and taking off from the port looks alike ceremony for them. They staring at the public on land in order to check wheter people is observing their boat, while people staring back hoping to see some celebrities on the deck. In my opinion, both sides are wasting time in vain.

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  • Busy harbor

    Portofino harbor is rather small, less then 100m side-to-side, and mostly filled by the domestic small boats. There isn't much of space for random boat visitors and I doubt such visitors could even enter inside of the harbor. There is quay strictly reserved for the boats which bringing tourists to Portofino and around it is always traffic jam which...

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Portofino Tourist Traps

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    by croisbeauty Written May 17, 2012

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    Portofino is definatelly very charming place and probably one of the most attractive day trips I had during visiting of Liguria. It is, however, ridiculously expensive place. I am not a miser but cannot accept the fact that one single espresso could cost six or seven times more then in the rest of Italy. But its not the espresso only, everything here looks very overpriced.

    Unique Suggestions: If checking cash money, on departure from Portofino, one might have impression that were sacked. I was in two cafe-bars, having espresso and water in one and only espresso in another one, and since we were in two it have cost me 50 euros.

    Fun Alternatives: Take a walks explore the place and do alot of photos if having a camera, if you sit in a cafe it will cost you dearly!

    approaching to the harbour of Portofino picture on a leave of Portofino

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Portofino Off The Beaten Path

  • Surrounding, San Fruttuoso di Camogli

    San Fruttuoso di Camogli - you will be able to reach it by boat or you may walk there from Portofino ( 2 hours one way ) The church is of special beauty and it dates back to 1000 A.D. For lovely pics and some infos - please have a look on the San Fruttuoso-page of Chiara ( pollon )

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  • San Giorgio

    The interior of San Giorgio is nice , but not very special, in comparison with plenty of other churches in Liguria and Italy. The church was almost completely destroyed in WW II and was reconstructed again afterwards. This church is also quite a popular place for marriages !

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  • San Martino church

    Unfortunately the church of San Martino ( just a few steps from the main square ) was locked when I wanted to see the interior. It is in fact usual at many places in Italy to lock the churches most of the day, except for a few hours in the morning and except for church-service times of course.

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Portofino Favorites

  • Portofino - the most expensive villas

    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...

    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 recentlyCastle 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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  • Portofino - colorful houses

    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. On the total Portofino has just around 500 inhabitants nowadays.

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