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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. As a Genoese coastal fort, it was called the Castello di San Giorgio. After peace fell upon the region in the early 19th century, the Castello 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, which now opens 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... 
    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
    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 »
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  • Easily reached on foot by following a path past the church up from Portofino harbour (it is a little steep in places but is easily managed with an average level of fitness). The caste itself is probably not essential viewing the views back down towards Portofino and along the coast are stunning. I would also recommend continuing along the same pathway until you reach the Faro lighthouse for more spectacular views.
  • Easy way up. I recommend taking the steep stairs up, rather than taking the steps at the end of the Harbour. You can take this way back down, but up the other way is easier! Entrance is definitely worth paying for the view alone! :)

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