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    Aspects of Portofino Marina

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 24, 2014

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    Take some time to study the marina and its surrounds. It is not just a parking station for boats, it is a lifestyle.

    Always activity, always something different, could be the sun from a different angle, clouds, new arrivals or activity on the marina.

    I wonder how many visitors do not see the Marina Sign?

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    Church St. Martino

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 24, 2014

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    This church is very close to the Portofino marina, just walk towards the restaurant area and you will see the church as it stands out against the skyline.

    Well worth visiting and when finished you can continue along the hillside walking path and enjoy the magnificent view.

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    Magnificent Yachts

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 22, 2014

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    For those of you who enjoy looking at luxury yachts and power boats Portofino will be a real pleasure to visit.

    I recommend you ask your hotel whether they know of any service available to take a day visit to Portofino by luxury yacht. Anchor in one of the bays and enjoy the sun and a swim.

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    Walk The Marina Waterfont

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 22, 2014

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    The Marina and waterfront are the heart of Portofino, in fact the town is built around this waterfront, restaurants, tourist shops, ferry terminal, and the highlight being the huge and expensive motor cruisers, yachts, and smaller craft.

    Just take time to enjoy the sun, sip on a coffee or beer and enjoy the activity around the marina.

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    Inside Church St. Martino

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 21, 2014

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    In Italy you will often find a church is closed during the day. I thought so in Portofino until I sighted someone leaving through the front door.

    Quickly inside I had the church to myself. Very nicely decorated, far better than I expected. Well worth visiting whilst in Portofino.

    Inside St Martin Church Ceiling - St Martin Church Organ - St Martin Church
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    Villas, Mansions & Gardens - Portofino Hillside

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 21, 2014

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    The landscape of Portofino, particularly the hillside has many magnificent villas, many of which can only be seen from the water.

    My walk along the hillside pathway was most rewarding and gave me a glimpse of some of the villas, however most are protected from tourists by lush gardens which in themselves are well worth the hike.

    One can only imagine the water and landscape view the rich and often famous enjoy from their villa.

    Magnificent entrance to this hidden villa Pathway Water View - Imagine View from Villa Waterside Mansion - Portofino Villa or Fortress - High on the Hill
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    Hillside Walk

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 21, 2014

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    I took this beautiful hillside walk whilst my wife was shopping. The pathway wove itself around the hillside with magnificent villas above and below the pathway.

    An ideal way to capture a birds eye view of Portofino Marina and town and all the way across to Brown Castle.

    Signpost for Hillside Walk Commence Walk @ St Martino Church
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    Portofino District Map

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 20, 2014

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    This map will assist you in organising your activity when visiting Portofino. The district is flat around the marina area , but as the port is surrounded by hills be prepared to climb steps if you wish to walk along the path to the hillside villas or Castello Brown

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    Chiesa di San Martino

    by croisbeauty Updated May 17, 2012

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    The church of San Martino is the 12th century construction which dominates the whole central part of Portofino. It has both religious and archaeological importance in the history of the place. The hanging arches and its beautiful rose window stand testimony of its Middle Ages past. Interior of the church is in particularly attractive and richly adorned with marbles, sculptures and valuable paintings. The triptych of saints Rocco, Sebastiano and Fabiano belonging to the Genovese School, dating back to the 16th century. The stripes on its front facade are very characteristic for the Lombard Romanesque style which could be seen on most church of Liguria.

    chiesa di San Martino San Martino interior of San Martino the square in front of San Martino San Martino from San Giorgio hill
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    Oratorio di Santa Maria Assunta

    by croisbeauty Updated May 17, 2012

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    The 14th century oratory of the confraternity of Our Lady of the Assumption has big importance in religious - architectural past of Portofino. The most noteworth features of the oratory are two huge crucifixes, one is white while the other is black. Local people carrying them in the processions to mark the feast of San Giorgio, however, carrying these two crucifixes isn't easy task since each of them weighing over 100kgs.

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    Chiesa di San Martino

    by MM212 Updated Mar 9, 2010

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    Situated in the heart of Portofino, la Chiesa di San Martino is one of two churches in town. It was built in the 12th century in an unmistakable Lombard Romanesque (romanico lombardo) style. The stripes of alternating colours on its façade, typical of the region, is an architectural design imported by the Crusaders from the Middle East. The interior, however, is Baroque with rich decorations and paintings added during an 18th century renovation. The church's doors are an interesting modern addition (see attached photos).

    Chiesa di San Martino - May 09 Baroque interior of San Martino - May 09 The door
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    Oratorio di Nostra Signora Assunta

    by MM212 Updated Mar 9, 2010

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    Oratorio di Nostra Signora Assunta is a tiny chapel dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. The simple chapel, with a hint of Gothic architecture, was built in the 14th century. It is located in the heart of town, a short distance from the harbour.

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    Architecture

    by MM212 Updated Mar 9, 2010

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    Portofino's typical architectural style adds to the beauty of the town. Most of the buildings are painted in bright colours, including red ochre, green and yellow, and accentuated with decorative frescoes. Attached are a few examples.

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    The Harbour

    by MM212 Written Mar 9, 2010

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    The narrow harbour of Portofino is the reason the town exists in the first place. Named Portus Delphini, i.e. the Port of the Dolphins, by the Romans, this harbour gave the town its name. Although it may have hosted naval and commercial ships during its history, the harbour nowadays is used exclusively by fishermen, ferries and expensive yachts. The harbour is the most picturesque part of Portofino where many of the town's outstanding restaurants are located.

    The harbour of Portofino - May 09 Lady Aida - an expensive yacht in Portofino

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    regional park and hiking paths

    by sylina Written Jan 22, 2009

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    There are a number of good hiking trails both along the coast and on inland routes, many offering spectacular views. The northern part of the park is wooded with a variety of trees while in the southern part you will find more wildflowers, bushes, and grasslands. Olive trees are cultivated in many places and close to the villages you may see orchards and gardens. ---http://goitaly.about.com/od/portofino/p/portofino.htm

    There was an admission fee to enter the nice villa on the hill.. It was closed when we were there.. we followed the path, appreciated a little of the lush backyard...

    lemon and olive trees little path the Villa interesting flowers bellisima
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