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Castello Brown, Portofino

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Castello Brown is a historic house museum located high above the harbour of Portofino, Italy. Its site has been used for military defence since Roman times. After peace fell upon the region in the early 19th century, the castle was abandoned. Some decades later, it was purchased by the English consul, who remodelled it as a comfortable villa. His descendants held the property until 1949, then sold it to an English couple, who restored several ruined sections, and in turn sold it in 1961 to the City of Portofino, who now open it to the public.
Elizabeth von Arnim wrote and set her novel The Enchanted April at the Castello in 1922. The award-winning 1991 movie adaptation featuring Miranda Richardson and Joan Plowright was filmed on site.
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  • It's a climb to get here, but the view is worth it. The castle is not so shabby either, and with a lot of history (Churchill once was here... God knows how he got to the top). The rooms are pretty...  more »
  • Short but steep walk up to the castle from the harbor in Portofino. The views from the castle as absolutely amazing and not to be missed if you are visiting Portofino for the first time. The entry.....  more »
  • While Portofino itself is overestimated, this castle brought my visit a nice turnover. Even tough the path to reach the lighthouse was closed, reaching the castle was a nice idea. 5€ to enter is a bit too much, but the view is worthy, especially from the windows on the sea, than on Portofino where you can see just ships and restaurant.
  • It's a decent hike up there but worth it. An incredible view of the Portofino harbor area. The castle itself was comparable to others in Italy and not necessarily exceptional. The view was exceptional though and worth it.

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