Portofino, one of the most elegant places in Italy, a small village that widens like a moon arch around this calm basin. Thus described Portofino Guy de Maupassant in 1889, speaking of a hidden cove of olive and chestnut trees. A small village.
We slowly cross the narrow passage that unites the sea with this magnificent natural harbor and we enter the amphitheater of the houses, surrounded by a green and powerful forest and everything is reflected in the mirror of the calm waters, where some fishing boats seem to sleep.Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you here on our site to discover the many other Italian beauties.
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Portofino is located in the western part of the Gulf of Tigullio, in a bay at the foot of the our promontory and the whole territory is part of the Regional Natural Park of Portofino.
The best way to appreciate Portofino, one of the most elegant places in Italy, is travel, in complete safety, its unique and fascinating footpaths with which, through the dense network of over 60 kilometers, you can discover the wonderful richness and variety natural environments, breathtaking views and monuments of which the territory is rich.
Now let’s go to discover the history of Portofino, one of the most elegant places in Italy.
According to Pliny the Elder the village had the Roman name Portus Delphini perhaps due to the large presence of dolphins in the Gulf of Tigullio and, since Roman times, the monks of the Abbey of San Colombano lived in the area.
Approaching the present day, from 1229 became part of the Republic of Genoa becoming a safe haven of the merchant marine and, in 1409, the Emperor Charles VI of France sold the village to Florence, which returned Portofino, one of the most elegant Italy, to the Genoese Republic.
In 1797 with the French domination of Napoleon Bonaparte, after being excluded, Portofino returned to the Ligurian Republic and, in 1815, was incorporated into the Kingdom of Sardinia and, subsequently, into the Kingdom of Italy.
Since 1957 in Portofino, one of the most elegant places in Italy, many films have been shot such as Souvenir d’Italy, Una botta di vita and many others and a “Portofino” has been recreated in the United States at the Universal Portofino Bay Resort Studios in Orlando, Florida.
Many are the characters linked to Portofino, one of the most elegant places in Italy, from Richard the Lionheart to Pope Gregory XI, from Guglielmo Marconi to Marco Tronchetti Provera, just to mention the most famous.
To reach one of the most elegant places in Italy you can take the only way with the nearby Santa Margherita Ligure, the provincial road 227 that ends right in Portofino.
Alternatively an ancient pedestrian path on the heights or the boat from Rapallo or Camogli and, if you want, visit the Lake Maggiore, Amalfi Coast, Giglio Island and Burano, the most colorful city in Italy.
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