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Europe - Other
Other and Quirky
The towns on the Tigullio Gulf date back to pre-Roman times and until the 19th century, Portofino was an active fishing village, where the perfect shaped bay was a safe haven for trading ships. More recently, home to the exclusive Hotel Splendido, it has attracted the “beautiful people” of Europe for many decades, from actors Rex Harrison, Elizabeth Taylor, to Sophia Loren, plus great artists, politicians and entrepreneurs, making it famous all over the world. Now it attracts tourists plus the Italian jet set and the ultra rich who arrive on their super luxury yachts.
The tone of the splendour of this town is set at its very entrance by crossing the highly polished brass drain grates then it’s the succession of top designer shops.
Next is the wide open cobbled town square, which is a symbol of
There are beautiful villas on the opposite hill set amongst the olives and statues in park like grounds overlooking the harbour. Of course there is the obligatory castle on the hill top plus a lighthouse on the point where a café was doing very well selling delicious Italian gelato to overheated tourists on this hot summer day.
The Art of Nature
There was an interesting exhibition at the castle of “nudes made from steel” by “Schiaffino” as well as an exhibition of many old framed black and white photographic prints of the rich and famous
The view from
Of course, the most popular tourist destination in this area is situated just an hour away down the coast; The Cinque Terre, which is a group of five enchanting medieval fishing villages, nestled into the coastline. The Cinque Terra will be the subject of another travel blog sometime in the future.
Copyright 2007: Bruce Burgess Photography