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
in the Workshop there is a small map of the village.
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bantonbuju (51815) 2005-06-01 4:09
buon giorno paolo, it doesn not look like a small village, it looks like a huge marina in a lovely place;
just an awesome pov, very nice shot;
fer (1478) 2005-06-01 4:11
Amazing place!!!Great shot.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-06-01 4:12
The angle is good, but sadly the light is to strong in part of the village and so its distracting. You have nice pictures, but I think you lose a lot in the scanning process, you should try to get a hold of a better scanner.
Zepi (22848) 2005-06-01 4:17
Très belle prise de vue !
Une superbe composition, très agréables couleurs et lumière !
gaby (19819) 2005-06-01 4:18
Hi Paolo, with your shots, I re-discover this very nice country (all my friends in France are italian people) -
Fabulous point of view - the water color is spendid -
naxius (16685) 2005-06-01 4:23
Portofino! So nice small village close to the sea.
I was just wondering about your POV!! Were you in a plane for that wonderful view??
jmdaoudal (82) 2005-06-01 4:43
These places are to be shown from such POV and here its done with a good framing.
Very beautiful and typical place, in this good travel's photo.
I like it
aloyho (6798) 2005-06-01 5:27
Very interesting POV and nice eye flow from the open sea into the village. I love the details, colours and clarity. A perfect shot!!! All the best.
hugolef (4913) 2005-06-01 6:04
a nice shot, but the central building is overexposed and disturb a little the look. Miss a little sharpness (scanned picture), but there are good POV, nice frame and colors.
PixelTerror (0) 2005-06-01 6:15
I like here your overlooking PoV that's excellent to get an understanding about the settlement of this village, light is excellent and colors very nice, this photo is full of sun !
Have a nice day,
clodreno (0) 2005-06-01 6:57
is this your boat on the bottom left?. The sailboat?
OK, I'll be coming this week end.
Nice view of a beautiful place..
Pattyjy (2180) 2005-06-01 7:39
Très belle vue Paolo. Le cadrage est superbe. La photo bien nette et les couleurs magnifiques. Bravo. Amitié, Patty.
dolin (7369) 2005-06-01 7:39
EXCELENT POV !!!!
The framing of this nice village is good and this hard light is perfect.
I like the blue-green of the sea, superb color.
Geo (1245) 2005-06-01 11:38
Wonderful pov, as everyone has said. The instantly recognizable Portofino, but I don't recall seeing it from this viewpoint before. Great shot.
Gix (3565) 2005-06-01 11:41
Altro fantastico posto della Liguria dove... non sono stato!
Grazie della foto, adesso sono sicuro che lo devo visitare!! ;|D))
Ma da dove diavolo hai fatto la panoramica ? Complimenti per la tua collezione, sempre più interessante, e per le note sempre eccezionali. Sei un vero viaggiatore!
rabdelnoor (3423) 2005-06-01 12:13
What I great place you brought to us. I just loved this place. You got a perfect angle and the colours are just amazing.
Graal (103038) 2005-06-01 13:04
I know song about Portofino. Very nice village. Good point to shot. Good composition and colours, interesting informations in note. I like it.
AmiBe (6042) 2005-06-01 13:24
I went there one day but curiously I haven't any picture. I was sick ???
The point of view is very good.
For me both the colors and light are good.
billabongx (1585) 2005-06-03 6:02
eh..si! portofino è sempre portofino!
anche se piccola, traffico, gente...troppa, è sempre stupenda.
complimenti per la panoramica.
cessy (13647) 2005-06-03 9:06
what a wonderful bay
great shot Paolo, excellent angle and composition
annagrace (2467) 2005-06-03 17:22
Great capture, Paolo, but too bright. I didn't notice the castle that you photographed from when I was in Portofino; a most excellent POV for the beautiful little port.
Luan (12971) 2005-06-04 3:34
this bay with its little shore looks lovely, I like the blue of the sea qnd the PoV. The framing is excellent, there a nice reflection on the water.
Fis2 (107416) 2005-06-06 16:16
Very nice image. Nicely composed landscape.I like the colours.
capthaddock (28790) 2005-06-09 9:32
Hi Paolo - once again beautiful view and colours, and excellent note , stunning green in the bay (yes, again I have the similar one, maybe one day will post a stiched 180 degree panorama from the Fortezza)
danielswalsh (13599) 2005-06-13 20:47
Great shot Paolo!
What an awesome looking little town. Looks like a great place to visit. I can imagine myself sitting outside one of the (seemingly many) pubs and restaurants enjoying an ice cold beer.
I'd be interested in seeing what the castle looks like...
Jaku (6812) 2005-06-16 17:28
It's a heaven on earth.
Great composition of frame and colours.
miumiu (6113) 2007-09-05 1:38
Amazing view and colours are excellent!
I like it! Very beautiful coast!
Your gallery is wonderful with a lot of photo!