Port of the Dolphin

Port of the Dolphin

Portofino is rather famous and has been for quite a while so it's surprising to see how small it really is. What is not surprising is how beautiful it is. We drove along the prototypical Mediterranean seaside road and I just stared out the window at all of the ancient houses, manors, churches and hotels.

Once you get there, the piazza and harbour are lined with the typical, pastel Italian three or four story apartments, most with cafés or stores on the main floor, and the hills are spotted with some more impressive manors and at least one castle, the 14th century Castello Brown. The British managed to take Portofino from Napoleon - who had renamed Portofino, "Porto Napoleone" - and after everything settled out the British Consul bought the castle and named it after himself.

It's obviously a spot of some strategic importance because there was no shortage of invading fleets to fend off and the castle seemed to manage quite well over the years but you can't win them all.

The harbour itself is too small to host most of the ridiculously huge yachts that frequent the area but they are moored not far off shore and I'm assuming that these nice boats ferry people back and forth. It's no wonder everyone boats in as parking prices are insane. Then again, this isn't the crowd that complains about that sort of thing. I'm not part of that crowd, so I'll complain.

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Camera: NIKON D80
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Focal Length: 18 mm
35mm Focal Length: 27 mm
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 220


Taken: 2009-05-22 17:41:50
Posted: 2009-07-22 | 18:42





Port of the Dolphin

Port of the Dolphin

Portofino is rather famous and has been for quite a while so it's surprising to see how small it really is. What is not surprising is how beautiful it is. We drove along the prototypical Mediterranean seaside road and I just stared out the window at all of the ancient houses, manors, churches and hotels.

Once you get there, the piazza and harbour are lined with the typical, pastel Italian three or four story apartments, most with cafés or stores on the main floor, and the hills are spotted with some more impressive manors and at least one castle, the 14th century Castello Brown. The British managed to take Portofino from Napoleon - who had renamed Portofino, "Porto Napoleone" - and after everything settled out the British Consul bought the castle and named it after himself.

It's obviously a spot of some strategic importance because there was no shortage of invading fleets to fend off and the castle seemed to manage quite well over the years but you can't win them all.

The harbour itself is too small to host most of the ridiculously huge yachts that frequent the area but they are moored not far off shore and I'm assuming that these nice boats ferry people back and forth. It's no wonder everyone boats in as parking prices are insane. Then again, this isn't the crowd that complains about that sort of thing. I'm not part of that crowd, so I'll complain.

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Camera: NIKON D80
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 18 mm
35mm Focal Length: 27 mm
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 220


Taken: 2009-05-22 17:41:50
Posted: 2009-07-22 | 18:42


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