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Castello Brown

Via alla Penisola 13a, Portofino, Italy
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Ranked #6 of 12 Attractions in Portofino
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Very interesting cultural history and architecture with incredible views of the harbor and Mediterranean.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Portofino is a very small picturesque fishing village. There is not much to do there besides shop a little bit, enjoy a meal and enjoy the beauty of the views, perhaps charter a little taxi or boat and swim. Castello Brown sits up on the mountain and is beautiful to look at. The hike up to it is steep, but... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

One of the things you can do in Portofino is to hike up the hill to Brown Castle. ıt may be hard to hike but believe me it will worth, you will have a perfect view at the top. You can start with the stairs at the end of the marina , follow the road to the other end around... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We walked the hike up to the Castle. It is paved which makes it a great hike for those who are not accustomed to hiking (us). It was well worth the hike. The views are magnificent. It sits up high over Portofino harbor, affording amazing views of the sea and coastline. The Castle itself is small but interesting.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Went to a wedding ceremony with a small pre-reception in Castello. Cannot imagine a better place to conduct one - dramatic views, light sea breeze, and a feeling of complete harmony. Very much worth a walk up the hill. Best place for postcard-perfect photos of Portofino.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

There's not a lot to do in Portofino if you don't have wads of money to spend at designer shops, trendy restaurants or touristy trinket places. But from the narrow harbor of Portofino, take the slightly strenuous hike up the hill to Castello Brown. The gardens surrounding the castle and view of the harbor below are worth the effort. You... More

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Houston, Texas, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

castle with history and interesting stories of lives in the past. Worth the walk up for the views. The castle should post more stories which I found on the internet to make it more interesting for visitors eg Elizabeth Von Arnim wrote her novel "Enchanted April" while living at the Castle. The movie of the same name was fimed at... More

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Oxford, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Wonderful walks (free of charge) around the headland with great views and benches to sit on in the shade. I didn't go in the castle.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

For 5 euro we expected more, really just a café and a couple of rooms with photos. It was interesting about the Mumm family.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The walk to Castello Brown wasn't particularly strenuous, and the outside of the castle is quite beautiful, knowing that it is around 600 years old. There is a 5€ entry fee to get in unless you are a Portofino resident (and boy I wish I was!). The interior of the castle is empty, boring and bland - there is nothing... More

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