What to See

Portofino, a World apart
23
June 2010

Castle Brown, the Fortress of Portofino

Portofino Castello Brown

The Castle Brown is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden rich in flowers, rose gardens and arbors. The landscape is consistently enchanting facing the gulf until the Baffe tip. The room on the first floor, is covered by domes of Lombard type on the centre of which there is a big triptych and, on the right side, a Majolica stove. During the afternoon a small sweater or top is usually advisable when in Portofino.

Built around the year 1000 in a strategic position in order to control the entrance to the inlet. In the following centuries it was renovated and enlarged time after time. Mid-way through the renovation traces of an existing roman tower dating between the II-III century AD were found. Since 1961 it is owned by the Town of Portofino which often uses it for exhibitions. The castle is surely worth visiting thanks to the wonderful landscape that can be enjoyed from there and which comprises the whole Town of Portofino and the bay.

The walls of the building are home to numerous low relief sculptures and architectural furniture in marble or slate. In the first room there are some original pieces of furniture and architectural pieces in addition to a wall with Gothic windows. From there the terrace is accessible where once the artillery was held. The Consul Brown, from whom the castle got its name transformed this area in a wonderful garden. In order to reach the floor above one must walk a stair covered in “laggioni”.

The use of Majolicas to cover the walls was very widespread in the Liguria region, as a style from areas in the Mediterranean Sea and from the Eastern regions. Inside the castle stairs there is a Majolica showing Nativity scene, which is a copy of the “Adorazione dei Magi” assigned to the Gagini (XV Century), whereas the original may be found in Genova in Via Orefici 47r. Inside the stairs bay one may admire a wooden panel ceiling with pictures of saints, martyrs and kings. The room on the first floor is covered by domes of Lombard type, on the centre of which there is a big triptych and on the right side a Majolica stove.

The circular tower room has been thoroughly renovated. The building comprises another floor, closed to public because it houses the Mursia Meteorology Centre It holds the main office of Portofino’s Protected Nautical Area. Requires about 10 minutes walking to reach it. It is advised to bring liquids and suitable shoes.
During the afternoon a small sweater or top is usually advisable when in Portofino.

Castle Brown Portofino
Via alla Penisola, 13 A
16034 – Portofino

Phone +39.0185.267.101

Requires about 10 minutes walking to reach it. It is advised to bring liquids and suitable shoes.

Portofino, a world apart.