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There’s a heavenly slice of Italy in the north-west region – right by the Ligurian Sea, a 3-hour drive from the French city of Nice – that the world’s rich and famous have identified as their getaway. perfect. However, Portofino, as this beautiful Italian village is called, is not a well-kept secret. The whole region where it is located, known as Liguaria or the Italian Riviera, has long been a favorite of travelers. Some of its many attractions include cosmopolitan resorts, sandy beaches, impressive castles, breathtaking cliffs, rugged mountains and slow-paced picturesque villages.

At the heart of this scenic panorama is the idyllic fishing village of Portofino, which takes beauty, charm and allure to a whole new level. Yet Portofino is best described as an experience and not just a destination. And for all its haunting views, Portofino should to be among the most beautiful destinations in Italy.

According to the accounts of Pliny the Elder, the charming village we now call Portofino was founded by the romans— and named Portus Delphini— or the port of the dolphins. Anyone who wanted to watch the dolphins, and they had to be on the lower rung of the social ladder, headed to the quiet and attractive, half-moon-shaped village. Its association with wealthy men and nobles spans centuries. The Abbey of Bobbio de Saint Colomban was among the first owners. However, like many European cities, Portofino would change hands – much like ocean waves that seem to give their waters to the next – in a cascading succession. At some point, it would be in the possession of one noble who would then sell it to another, and another, and another.

By the end of the 19th century, Portofino had become a buzzword among European elites, including tycoons, presidents, celebrities and captains of industry. In the 20th century, its notoriety grew. Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, famous French author Guy de Maupassant, Italian radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi and Hollywood celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and Denzel Washington would be seen sunbathing at the top of luxurious yachts, organize fairytale weddings or walk on the paradisiacal beaches that dot its sandy coastline. And today, it seems time hasn’t stolen an atom from its breathtaking beauty. Instead, Portofino is increasingly picturesque, as if frozen in time. Perhaps other celebrities continue to flock there in search of a poetic, out-of-this-world experience. And it’s not just for the rich. In Portofino, both the rich and the average man are irresistibly drawn to its crazy beauty and laid-back vibe.

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What to see and do in Portofino

Of course, Denzel Washington and Liz Taylor don’t go to Portofino just to stroll the beach or take in jaw-dropping vistas, though that would still be reason enough. There are many things to dazzle the eye; lots of interesting things to do. For those fascinated by the awe-inspiring sight of medieval castles and fortresses, Castello Brown above Portofino Harbor is the place to visit. Surrounded by magnificent villas all around and located in one of the most secluded locations, Castello Brown is a famous venue for celebrity weddings. It’s here that Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are married, amidst the calm and glamor of the botanical gardens, lush terraces and gothic castle windows. Castello Brown’s services include civil unions, weddings, conventions and conferences, art exhibitions, catering and private events.

  • What are the fees or charges for renting the Castello Bastille? €1,000 during the week, €2,500 on Saturday and €2,000 on Friday and Sunday. (One euro currently equals 1.06 USD, so they are more or less the same when translated.

The Church of San Giorgio, set high on a beautiful hill overlooking the town of Portofino, is a small but attractive church and one of the most popular shrines. Just 220 meters away is an active lighthouse known as Faro Di Portofino, which, although looking ordinary, shares the same breathtaking scenery as the Church of San Giorgio. Walking from Portofino harbor to the church or lighthouse takes an average of 20 minutes. And for nature in its purest form, the Mount Portofino Regional Natural Park is home to one of the greatest varieties of plant species in the Mediterranean. About 50 miles of beautiful winding trails are accessible to hikers. This is in addition to cultural and historical treasures such as the 800 year old Hermitage of Niasca. The northern parts are wooded with several species of solemn trees. On the other hand, the southern parts dance and dazzle with colorful wildflowers.

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In the Portofino Marine Protected Area, the sparkling waters of the Ligurian Sea provide refreshing and refreshing entertainment, as well as an iridescent window into the diversity of marine life. Finally, on the other side of the peninsula is the thousand-year-old Abbey of San Fruttuoso, built among majestic pines and olive trees. A submerged statue of Jesus Christ stands just off San Fruttuoso Bay and is usually a fascinating sight to behold.

There’s a reason the wealthy and wealthy regularly flock to Portofino in droves. It’s a postcard version of a dreamy wonderland.

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