After my exhausting photo tour of Iceland, I needed a relaxing holiday and where better that the beautiful Italian Riveria. I had visited Portifino many years ago and always planned to return to the picturesque little resort, made famous in the ’50s and ’60s by the numerous celebrities who stayed there.
Since my previous visit the walks around the area, to Paraggi, Santa Margherita and Rapallo are laid out with a red ‘carpet’ covering the path. The route starts near the harbour and leads first to the church and outwards from there.
The Church of San Martino is worth a visit, with its ornate altar, stained glass windows and ceiling paintings.
Towering above the port is Castle Brown, a steep walk up from the harbour. It was built in the 16th century and purchased in 1867 by then English consul in Genoa , Montague Yeats Brown, hence the name Castle Brown.
Views from the castle are spectacular. The following shots were taken from the ramparts.
My visit coincided with the Italian mid-August public holiday of Ferragosto, a time when many Italians are enjoying their summer break, as I found on my visit to San Fruttuoso.
This is a tiny harbour, only accessible by sea or on foot, with a small pebble beach. I took the ferry and was amazed at the number of people waiting to get on board when we docked. It is a very pretty spot, best viewed early before the crowds arrive and certainly not on a public holiday.