Continuing along the wharf of the marina in Portofino, you can enter a pathway through the Mediterranean gardens winding its way up towards Castello Brown ( Brown Castle ).
It is a lovely way to approach the Castle which is perched on top of the hill, as it gives you the chance to enjoy a walk amongst a lush vegetation while the stunning views over Portofino are playing peekaboo with you. There are lots of benches dotted along the pathways allowing you to take the time to sit down, relax and enjoy the views.
The Castle itself was built in the 15th century and has been used for harbour defense during the centuries. It was in 1867 that the Castle fell into private hands when it was purchased by , the English Consul Montague Yeats Brown. He transformed it from a fortress into a stunning villa under the expert advice of the architect Alfredo de Andrade and the engineer Pietro Tamburelli. It is said that in 1870 for their wedding, the Consul planted two pines in the main terrace: one for him and one for his wife, Agnes Bellingham. Even today, the two pine trees dominate the village with their majesty and have become a distinct feature of the Castle.
The Castle was part of the Brown’s family until 1949 when they sold it to an English couple - John and Joceline Baber. They became the caretakers of the Castle restoring several ruined sections until 1961 when they sold it back to the City of Portofino.
The garden paths around the Castle
Nowadays, the Castle is surrounded by stunning gardens full with roses and pergolas. It is opened for visits and hosts many cultural and entertainment events throughout the year. It is also available for hire as a wedding’s venue and makes for an incredible setting with breathtaking views for the big day…
Portofino harbour view from Brown Castle
Thank you for visiting our guide… we look forward to welcoming you to Liguria and hope you will love it as much as we do !
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