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Founded by the Romans and named Portus Delphini (Port of the Dolphins), Portofino is one of the most picturesque towns in Italy. Its brightly coloured architecture surrounds a natural fishing harbour sheltered by wooded hills on either side. The promontory above the harbour was recognised first by the Romans and then by the Genoese as a strategic location from which the Mediterranean and the Tigullian Gulf (Golfo del Tigullio) could be monitored, leading both to build a fortified castle on the site. As its defensive importance waned, Portofino gradually subsided into a sleepy fishing village, even as wealthy Brits and northern Europeans started using it as a winter retreat in the late 19th century. It was not until the 1950s that the town emerged as a glamorous summer resort whose name became synonymous with the Italian Riviera.

Road Trip through Italy itinerary - May 2009:

Roma - Siena - San Gimignano - la Spezia - Portovenere - San Remo - Cannes - Portofino - Santa Margherita - Pisa - Roma

  • Last visit to Portofino: May 2009
  • Intro Updated Mar 9, 2010
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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    How tiny Portofino is! I love these earth coloured walls and oh my, especially these typical Mediterrean window shutters :-)

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Beautiful colours of the church - and great blue sky!!! Gillybob greetings

  • call_me_rhia's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    have just been there for the weekend... very pretty village BUT definitely overcrowded.

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