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Castello Brown

Via alla Penisola 13a, Portofino, Italy
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Ranked #6 of 11 attractions in Portofino
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

It was our last day. It was also rather damp. I decided to use the remaining 2 hours and went up to Castello Brown alone. No one else from the family felt like walking in the rain, much less walk uphill. But the clouds would dispell and the walk would definitely be worth it !The large pleasantly built steps that... More

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The castle itself can not provide much relics but you will enjoy the view of Portofino from the terraces. It is worth to climb the stairs.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
7 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

It's a nice little walk up the hill from the harbour. You get glimpses of the sea between the trees. The castle itself is nice. Nothing particularly interesting about it. But the view from the top, well, it is something else. The little village of Portofino looks absolutely stunning down below you. It is really hard to drag yourself away... More

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Interesting for its history- worth spending half an hour there, ideally once all the daytrippers have gone and portofino quietness down. Fantastic views of the harbour and the see- and good exercise to get to it!

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Piedmont, Italy
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

the museum part was basically pictures of famous people who have been to Portofino. Kind of lame. Interesting little garden and a nice hike up to Castello Brown. Nice views.

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Topsham, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Architecture is not that interesting but the view is to die for. Make the walk up via the street not the stairs, much less taxing. Cost to get in

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New York City, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Castello Brown is one of the main attractions in Portofino. It was originally built as a fort in the 1500's and subsequently turned into a residence in the 1800's. You have to hike up a long trail to get to the castle with beautiful views of the harbor on the way.Definitely worth a visit if you pass through Portofino.

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Ridgefield, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We took the ferry to Portofino from Santa Margherita...you could also walk but being on the water was very pleasant! The harbor of Portofino is lovely and the highest point is Castello Brown. There are several ways up to the castle but we took the one that winds through the woods and has lovely view going up. The Castle itself... More

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Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We planned this part of our vacation around Castle Brown and it totally delivered. Too bad there is nothing about the movie Enchanted April!!! I have seen that movie at least a 1/2 dozen times and was intrigued enough to want to see where it was filmed. It's not quite as romantic as I expected but we found so many... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The visit to the castle was recommended to us by some people who had done it and they warned us it was quite a long, steep walk, which it is. However, although the path is rather rough under foot, it is well maintained and there are a few places to sit on the way up. We went on a day... More

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