|Comune di Portofino|
|• Mayor||Giorgio Devoto|
|• Total||2.6 km2 (1.0 sq mi)|
|Elevation||4 m (13 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2009)|
|• Density||190/km2 (490/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. George|
|Saint day||First Sunday in April|
Portofino (Italian pronunciation: [ˌpɔrtoˈfiːno]; Ligurian: Portofin) is an Italian fishing village and vacation resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. It is a comune located in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. The town is clustered around its small harbour, and is known for the colourfully painted buildings that line the shore.
The village is mentioned in a diploma from 986 by Adelaide of Italy, which assigned it to the nearby Abbey of San Fruttoso di Capodimonte. In 1171, together with the neighbouring Santa Margherita Ligure, it was included in Rapallo's commune jurisdiction. After 1229 it was part of the Republic of Genoa. The town's natural harbour supported a fleet of fishing boats, but was somewhat too cramped to provide more than a temporary safe haven for the growing merchant marine of the Republic of Genoa.
In 1409 Portofino was sold to the Republic of Florence by Charles VI of France, but when the latter was ousted from Genoa the Florentine gave it back. In the 15th century it was a fief of families such as the Fieschi, Spinola, Adorno and Doria.
In the late 19th century, first British, then other Northern European aristocratic tourists began to visit Portofino, which they reached by horse and cart from Santa Margherita Ligure. Aubrey Herbert and Elizabeth von Arnim were amongst the more famous English people to make the area fashionable. Eventually more expatriates built expensive vacation houses, and by 1950 tourism had supplanted fishing as the town's chief industry, and the waterfront was a continuous ring of restaurants and cafés.
- Statue of Christ of the Abyss, put underwater on 29 August 1954 in the small bay at a depth of 17 metres (56 ft). This statue was placed to protect fishermen and scuba divers and in memory of Dario Gonzatti. Sculpted by Guido Galletti, it represents a benedictory Christ who is looking up towards the sky with open arms as a sign of peace.
- Castello Brown (16th century).
- Church of St. Martin (Divo Martino, 12th century).
- Church of St. George, housing some saints' relics.
- Oratory of Santa Maria Assunta, in Gothic style.
Portofino became famous in the 1950s with the song "Love In Portofino" which was written by Leo Chiosso and composed by Fred Buscaglione, and released on 12 May 1958. Fred Buscaglione was also the first singer to perform it.
Legendary actor Sir Rex Harrison owned a villa in Portofino which he named San Genesio after the Roman Catholic patron saint of actors.
Portofino is often thought to be the inspiration for Sir Clough Williams Ellis' Italianate village named Portmeirion, built between 1925 and 1975, in Wales, UK. However, this was repeatedly denied by the architect. He stated only that he wanted to pay tribute to the atmosphere of the Mediterranean. He did, however, draw from a love of the Italian village stating, "How should I not have fallen for Portofino? Indeed its image remained with me as an almost perfect example of the man-made adornment and use of an exquisite site."
Andrea Bocelli recorded a concert in Portofino in 2013, which was released on DVD.
- Richard I of England (Oxford, 1157 - Châlus, 1199), King of England, in 1190
- Pope Gregory XI (Rosiers-d'Égletons, 1330 - Roma, 1378), in 1377
- Giuseppe Amisani (Mede Lomellina, 1879 - Portofino, 1941), Italian painter
- Michele Cascella (Ortona, 1892 - Milano, 1989), Italian painter
- Giacomo Pellerano (-) nel 1760
- Salvatore Magnasco (Portofino, 1806 - Genova, 1892)
- Henry Herbert (Londra, 1831 - Londra, 1890), IV Earl of Carnarvon
- Guy de Maupassant (Tourville-sur-Arques, 1850 - Passy, 1893)
- Jeannie Watt Von Mumm (1866-1953)
- Guglielmo Marconi (Bologna, 1874 - Roma, 1937)
- Gaetano Gimelli (Portofino, 1905 - Pecetto Torinese, 1990)
- Rex Harrison (Huyton, 1908 - New York, 1990), actor and his wife Lilli Palmer
- Franco Emanuel Solinas (Ozieri, 1925 - Santa Margherita Ligure, 2005), painter and poet
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
- Italy. "Italy: Portofino guide". Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-01-11.
- Ross, Rory (2007-09-01). "Portofino: a port town that has evaded the uglier side of tourism - Europe - Travel". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-01-11.
- Lonely Planet, Portofino Guide, accessdate=2015-03-24.
- De Vere White, Terrence in introduction to 'The Enchanted April', Virago: 1991, ISBN 9780860685173
- Love in Portofino - SHS Second Hand Songs
- Headley, Gwyn and Meulenkamp, Wim. Follies: a National Trust Guide Cape, 1986. p.156
- Schaeffer, Frank. Portofino: A novel. New York: Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-7867-1716-3.
- "Beyond the Clouds (1995) Filming Locations". IMDB. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
- Watkins, Jade (2013-07-08). "The love boat! Newlywed couple Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger are the picture of marital bliss as they enjoy their honeymoon in Portofino". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
- Lady in lace: Kylie Minogue shows off her style as she strolls around Portofino in LBD and sheer blouse - DailyMail, 2013
- She's Spinning Around! Kylie Minogue has a Marilyn Monroe moment as she dances in a white sundress on board Portofino yacht - DailyMail, 2015
- Hofmann, Paul (1994-06-19). "Portofino, For the Rich And Less So". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
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