There is more to do in Portofino than just sit back and enjoy the view. The town and its surrounding areas have developed into premium destinations for those who have enough money and resources to visit. The harbor, which can hold about 300 boats comfortable, is often full from spring until autumn. In the distance, one can see gentle wakes of tenders bringing yacht owners and their guests ashore.
Some of the top attractions in the area include the Museum of the Park of Portofino, which houses the International Outdoor Center for Sculpture and an unparalleled botanical collection.
One can also visit St. George's Fortress, also known as Castle Brown, a defensive stronghold built by a medieval settlement.
Today, the castle has been turned into a wonderful attraction with gardens and architectural decorations.
The Church of Divo Martino is also worth a visit. This parish, built sometime around 1000 AD, has been transformed by various groups over the past thousand years. Any fan of architecture will love hunting for different features that belong to religious groups throughout the ages.
Celebrities at Portofino
Celebrities have flocked to Portofino since Roman times, when famed historian Pliny the Elder wrote about its dolphin-filled waters. Modern celebrities turned Portofino into a prime destination during the 1950s and '60s, an Italian era known as "la Dolce Vita," the sweet life. Entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot visited the town, as did serious-minded artists like Ingrid Bergman and Ernest Hemingway.
Today, Portofino still attracts the rich and famous. Its enchanting history only adds to the unique way that the town combines rural charm with exquisite attractions.