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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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  • Castello Brown is interesting, love the old photos on the wall. But the best part is the amazing, life-changing, bucket-list view from the castle back to Portofino. 
    Castello Brown is interesting, love the old photos on the wall. But the best part is the amazing, life-changing, bucket-list view from the castle back to Portofino.  more »
  • Thanks to Tripadvisor reviews we took a walk up from the harbour and it was an excellent recommendation. We walked up the cobbled slope in less than 10 minutes and it wasn’t too arduous (we are 55... 
    Thanks to Tripadvisor reviews we took a walk up from the harbour and it was an excellent recommendation. We walked up the cobbled slope in less than 10 minutes and it wasn’t too arduous (we are 55...  more »
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  • Gorgeous castle with stunning views. Was privileged to attend a wedding in the castle and it was fantastic. So beautiful. Worth the uphill hike to get there but definitely not for the mobility impaired.
  • An amazing place to visit. It is a real dream between the sky and the sea as it's description. The view is the one that is worth going there. You can see amazing views. The best place to visit in portofino. The entrance fee is fair. Recommended !!

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