Portofino is mentioned by ancient Romans with the name of “Portus Delphini” (dolphins harbour), probably because of the large number of dolphins that once were there.
The country’s economy has long been based on fishing and agriculture. Starting from the early 1900’s, English and Germans travellers began to discover its unique charm to the point that this small and isolated village turned into one of the most exclusive destinations of international tourism.
The heart of the village is the famous “piazzetta” with its pebbles paving and high, narrow and colourful tower-houses.
The construction of the Roman church of S. Giorgio – patron saint of the village – dates back to 1100; the building stands in a panoramic and dominant position.
Brown Castle was originally built as a fortress to protect the village, threatened by pirate raids. The building takes its current name from the English consul in Genoa who bought it in 1870.
The castle, open to visitors, is surrounded by an enchanting Mediterranean garden that also hosts art-works by contemporary artists.
From the laboratory-ship Elettra, docked in Portofino, Guglielmo Marconi in 1930 transmitted the signal that would turn on the lights of the universal exhibition in Sydney. Even today the dock takes the name of “Calata Marconi” (Marconi’s Descent).
The wonderful walk to the panoramic lighthouse or a hike along the many paths that climb the mountain are experiences not to be missed during your holiday in Tigullio.
Il “Monte” di Portofino and the Regional Nature Reserve
The Regional Nature Reserve represents the northernmost protected coastal area of the western Mediterranean and was first established in 1935.
The rocky ridge of the promontory naturally project out towards the open sea creating one of the most charming coastline and intact seabed of the Mediterranean.
For trekking lovers the mountain boasts a dense network of panoramic trails that cross beautiful natural environments, rural settlements and villages rich in art and history.
Among the 80 km of routes taken care of by the Authority, there are many well illustrated by signs on the paths, but it is also possible to book one of the guided excursions with a nature guide that the park authority periodically organizes.
The Natural Marine Protected Area Of Portofino is a marine protected area established in 1999 and located between the municipalities of Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino.
This area is considered a Specially Protected Area of Mediterranean Interest. Some zones of the area are restricted in terms of access, navigation, bathing and diving while in others it is allowed to dive only if accompanied by authorized diving centres.
In the crystal-clear waters of the Marine Reserve, divers have the chance to admire many rare species of the Mediterranean: the eel grass prairies (aquatic plant also known as the Mediterranean lung as its releases oxygen into the water), the yellow, orange, red line up of sea fans and the coral populations.
DISTANCE FROM THE HOTEL: 6Km approx.
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