Portofino, Italy

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Portofino is situated in Tigullio Peninsula and is known as the resort of the rich  and famous, but there is much more to see than just people.
According to Pliny the Elder, Portofino was founded by the Romans and named Portus Delphini, or Port of the Dolphin, because of the large number of dolphins that inhabited the Tigullian Gulf. After 1229 it was part of the Republic of Genoa.

Portofino Bay, Italy The town's natural harbor supported a fleet of fishing boats, but was somewhat too cramped to provide
more than a temporary safe haven for the growing merchant marine of the Republic of Genoa. The Patrician families of Genoa frequently chose to build their summer homes in Sestri Levante and as a result, this is where the largest number of aristocratic villas can be found after Genoa itself.

The architectural characteristics of the villas and the aspects tied to their agricultural function, can be traced mainly to the late 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. Among them are: Villa Cattaneo, Villa Balbi già Brignole, Villa Fieschi, Villa Sertorio, Villa Gualino, Villa Pallavicini, Villa Durazzo.
In 1409 Portofino was sold to the Republic of Florence by Charles VI of France, but when the latter was ousted from Genoa the Florentine gave it back.

Picturesque, elegant, attractive seaside village with pastel houses lining the shore of the harbor. Houses in Portofino, Italy
Restaurant in Portofino, Italy Nowadays, as a part of Italian Riviera, Portofino has shops, restaurants, cafes and luxury hotels and is
considered as “Boutique Resort”. The lovely landscape, mild climate, and ongoing pursuit of quality make this one of the most sought-after destinations in the world.
Located in the oldest part of the town, the Parish Church of Saint Martin was built in 12th century
Lombard-Romanesque style. The present building was modified in the 19th century. It houses important works including an organ from the 1800s with a case by Tommaso I Roccatagliata Case  and a work in wood by Maragliano.
St Martin Church, Portofino, Italy
St George Church, Portofino, Italy St. George Church was destroyed by bombings during Second World War. The church was rebuilt in 1950 in the same spot as the original primitive 12th century building. The relics of the Saint are preserved there. A splendid view of Portofino can be seen from the square in front of the church.
Castle of St. George, known as Castle Brown, named after its owner Montague Yeats Brown, British Counsel in Genoa, stands on Roman foundations. Around the year 1000 the Castle was donated to the Benedictine monks of San Fruttuoso, and was subsequently handed over to the Consuls of Rapallo and in the 15th century to the Genoese. In 1867 the Castle was converted from a fortress to a private residence and in 1961 its ownership passed to the town of Portofino. Castle Brown, Portofino, Italy
View from Castle Brown, Portofino, Italy The storybook gardens and dreamy terraces surrounding the Castle offer an extraordinary panorama of Portofino.

Many famous persons lived in Portofino - Guy de Maupassant wrote “Bel Ami” here and Aubrey Herbert was one of the most famous Englishmen to maintain a villa at Portofino too.
Incredibly elegant yachts could be seen in Portofino harbor. Ocean Pearl Yacht in Portofino, Italy

Many rich tourists are visiting the place and enjoy the most elegant places in Italian Riviera.

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