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Portofino is a small village of only 529 inhabitants. It is located on the southern cape of the Portofino Mountain (610 meters), 60 km east of Genoa in the Riviera di Levante; it is the western point of the Golfo del Tigullio.
According to Plinio il Vecchio (Pliny the Elder), Portofino was founded by the Romans and named Portus Delphini, or Port of Dolphins, because of the large number of dolphins that inhabited the Tigullian Gulf. The city's natural harbor provided a safe haven for the growing merchant marine of the growing Republic of Genoa during the Middle Ages. From the 1815 it was part of the Savoia Kingdom, with Piedmont, Liguria and Sardinia.
Portofino is a touristic village from many centuries.
Popes Gregorio XI, Alessandro III and Adriano VI, King Richard I The Lionheart of England, Ferdinand II The Catholic, the Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany, Lord Carnarvon, Guy de Maupassant, Friedrich Nietzsche and many others visited the small village.
From the end of the XIX Century a large number of the richest men of Europe have built fantastic villas on the hills around the fishermen village.
During the end of II World War the German comandant of the brigade that occupied Portofino refused to destroy all the village with dinamites.
In the 50's the Oscar winner Rex Harrison, during a party to celebrate the movie My Fair Lady, completely drunk put the Oscar statue in the middle of the harbour, and it is never found.
Portofino is a completely no-car area, and all the peninsula of Portofino Mount is National Park.
The small place in front of the small harbour is called La Piazzetta.
I took that view from the Fortezza (castle) di San Giorgio

*scanned image*

in the Workshop there is a small map of the village.

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