Portofino – The Complete Travel Guide (photos)

P ortofino, Italy, known as the resort of the rich and famous is an Italian fishing village and upmarket resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity visitors. Portofino is a comune located in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. One of the most popular resort towns on the Italian Riviera, Portofino has just 493(2009) permanent residents. But that all changes on summer days when the sun is shining and the yachting set drops anchor in the harbor to wander about…
There are many reasons why this tiny, cliff-lined port, called the «Pearl of the Mediterranean» continues to attract artists, poets, celebrities, and wealthy sophisticates from around the world, we will try to list the best of them in this article.
Short History
Portofino was originally settled by the ancient Romans, 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. In terms of modern history, Portofino was mostly ignored by the international world for much of its life.
Beginning in the early twentieth century, travelers began to notice Portofino and to pinpoint it as a travel destination. They were primarily relatively wealthy artists looking for a getaway where they could explore their artistic talents. Many of them maintained seasonal homes in the area while living full-time somewhere nearby. By the middle of the twentieth century, Portofino was thriving as a travel destination, and it has only been growing ever since.

Top Attractions in Portofino, Italy
Christ of the Abyss — is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ, the original of which is located in the Mediterranean Sea off San Fruttuoso between Camogli and Portofino on the Italian Riviera. It was placed in the water on 22 August 1954 at approximately 17 metres depth, and stands c. 2. 5 metres tall. Various other casts of the statue are located in other places worldwide, both underwater and in churches and museums.
Castello Brown  — is a house museum located high above the harbor of Portofino.
Portofino Regional Park — Mediterranean landscape with strong conservation interests.
Portofino Marine Protected Area — most of the water along the coast from Santa Margherita around to Camogli is a protected area and it is forbidden to enter the water in some places. Swimming is allowed only in certain areas.

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