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"Portofino Peninsula" Eastern Riviera Tip by Maghy

Eastern Riviera, Genoa: 5 reviews and 5 photos


<b><font color='#0000FF'>Portofino Peninsula</font></b>
In Roman times Portofino had a strategic position on the sea and was known as 'Portus Delphini', the Greeks called the native people of Liguria dolphins.
This little bay was known throughout the Mediterranean world, the Romans built the 'castrum' and the 'turris' and left there guarrison to defend their territory. These fortifications even proved their importance during the periods when Genoa was at war with the great European powers. In the centuries that followed Portofino like other towns of the coast suffered the incursions of Turks and pirates, and slowly the original fortifications were extended and enlarged into the existing castle which was used in the time of French and Spanish wars and also during the Napoleonic wars.

And the end of the 19th century Portofino was discovered as a tourist spot by english charmed by this delightful little port buried in luxurious vegetation. Today linked to Santa Margherita by one of the most attractive winding roads along the sea it enjoys a mild winter climate and refreshing Summer airs for those seeking a quiet resort in a unique setting.

The fame of Portofino is world wide and its calm green waters attract the most luxurious yachts. People sit and chat at the little café tables set about in the small decorative sqare surrounded by typical frescoed houses.

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  • Written Sep 14, 2002
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