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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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  • The view is nice. Have no idea why they do not sell water and/or snacks along the way. To me this was overrated. My husband thought so too. The garden was nice, the castle was plain. Not great for...  more »
  • Located high on the hill in Portofino the castle is perfectly sited overlooking the sea. The entrance to the castle is up a long winding path from Portofino bay that takes in the views between the...  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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