History

Portofino, a World apart
04
January 2016

Friends of Portofino

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Standing out from the wall of St. George’s on the side leading to the churchyard entrance are some plaques, set there by the association, «Friends of Portofino», to render homage to those persons who either spiritually or materially helped Portofino :

  • MONS. SALVATORE MAGNASCO
    Portofinese (1806 – 1875) Archbishop of Genoa – Noble spirit dear to God – pray for us.
  • GUGLIELMO MARCONI
    From onboard the Elettra, c the ship of miracles x. anchored in the bay of Portofino March 26th 1930, transmitted the short wave signals that turned on the lights at the Sidney World Fair in Australia.
  • AMISANI GIUSEPPE (1880 – 1941).
  • GUERELLO DOMENICO (1891 – 1951).
  • MERELLO RUBALDO ( – 1922).
    Painters – worthily illustrated Portofino.
  • RAFFAELE CALZINI (1885 – 1954).
    Illustrated the beauties of Portofino in numerous writings.
  • ALEXANDER CLIFFORD (1909 – 1952).
    Journalist – with great enthusiam acquainted England with Portofino.
  • JEANNIE WATT VED. VON MUMM (1866 – 1953).
    Benefactress of Portofino.
  • ETTORE BOCCIARDO (1865 – 1953).
    Spurred by a great love of the beauties of Portofino was the first to provide for their legal protection.
  • GOTUZZO CATERINA VED. GUERELLO (1802 – 1890).
    Benefactress of Portofino.
  • DOTT. PARIS LUIGI (1863 – 1938).
    Benefactor of Portofino.
  • ELIZABETH CONTESSA DI CARNARVON (1857 – 1929).
    Benefactress of Portofino.
  • AVV. ANTONIO DAVEGNO (1878 – 1934).
    Benefactor of Portofino.
  • EUGEN EUGENIDES (1832 – 1954).
    Shipowner – In the afterwar period gave employment to almost all the sailors of Portofino.
  • RUGGERO VALENTINI (1854 – 1908).
    Was the pioneer of tourism at Portofino transforming Villa Baratta into a Grand Hotel in 1901.
  • DOMENICO MARCHINI Fleet Admiral (1871 – 1960).
    While managing the municipality in difficult years dedicated time, intellect and love to Portofino.

On a wall near the port one can read the following epigraph: «Portofino remembers GUY DE MAUPASSANT who in September 1889 stopped some days in this port with his sailing boat «Bel Ami» finding peace for his restless spirit and inspiration to his genius.» Laid by the «Friends of Portofino» September 2nd 1953.

Portofino, a World apart.

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