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The town of Portofino is located in the western part of the Gulf of Tigullio, set in one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The entire municipal area is included in the Portofino Regional Natural Park and the homonymous Marine Protected Area. According to Pliny the Elder, the village of Portofino was founded during the Roman Empire under the name of “Portus Delphini” due, according to historians, to the large population of these animals (dolphins) in the Gulf of Tigullio. Portofino has always been famous as a favorite destination of the international jet-set and for shooting famous movies and hosting famous events. For example in 1992 the town appears in some scenes of the Vanzina brothers film “California Dreaming” and in that of the director, Mike Newell in “Enchanted April” Some episodes of “Beautiful” and “Centovetrine” were filmed in the charming village. Portofino was also chosen for a concert by the singer and tenor Andrea Bocelli which was released on DVD titled “Love in Portofino”.
La Piazzetta is the main symbol of Portofino and very unique; it’s famous for the celebrities who daily visit it, on it overlook some of the historical places of Italy, always a meeting point of the “Dolce Vita” and the international jet set.
The original structure can be traced at the time of the Lombards when in the territory were operating the monks of San Colombano. The present building, rebuilt in the fifties of the twentieth century after being destroyed by bombing, reflects the plant, revised and amended in the important 1760 restoration.
The church has a Romanesque style and inside are kept the relics of St. George, patron saint of Portofino, brought by Portofino’s sailors, veterans of the Crusades.
The building began as a military building as it’s located in a convenient location close to the Gulf of Tigullio and for this purpose, in the sixteenth century the Republic of Genoa began major renovations and expansions to further strengthen the protection of the seaside village.
Subsequently, in 1867, the fortress was bought by the consul of the United Kingdom to Genoa – Sir Montague Yeats Brown – and thus became a noble building; the structure was modified according to the architectural and interior kit that time that led to a raising of the towers, and to the transformation of the old parade ground in a roof garden.
The package “Tour of the Gulf” is the best way to visit the wonderful Gulf of Tigullio and its beautiful resorts, overlooking the sea. Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Chiavari, and Sestri Levante, are the pearls of the Riviera di Levante and their villages and characteristic blocks of flats, overlooking this beautiful gulf, making it possible to recognize and immortalize them even from the sea.
The birth of Santa Margherita Ligure dates back to the presence of a Roman settlement. It was the fief of the Fieschi family, from 1229 he submitted to the Republic of Genoa that incorporated the territory of Santa Margherita into the Podesta of Rapallo. In 1432 it suffered the attack by the Republic of Venice and in 1549 the plunder o the Turkish Admira Dragut, such as the nearby Rapallo. In 1608 the fied became part of the Captaincy of Rapallo. At the end of the eighteenth century the territory became part of Napoleon Bonaparte domain, and then passed under the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1814 and in 1861 below the Kingdom of Italy, when it assumed its current name. After the second World War, Santa Margherita, along with the village of Paraggi and the Municipality of Portofino, they became increasingly popular exclusive tourist resorts.
The main points of interest concern the abbey of Cervara, composed by the Church, the Monastery and a large park with a garden, declared a national monument in 1912; Villa Durazzo, composed by two villas, characterized by a large park from the seventeenth century which is an interesting “Italian style” garden with paths in risseu; a late medieval castle built for the defense against the frequent pirate raids.
Rapallo is located in the western part of the Gulf of Tigullio, set in the gulf that takes its name; The first settlement seems to date back to 700 B.C. .; in 964 it appears for the first time the name of the town of Rapallo in a deed. For the next several centuries, the territory follows the developments of history, to reach the modern era with the development of tourism, with the opening of the first hotels and luxury hotels, grand restaurants, and one of the first casinos. Many famous people visited and stayed in Rapallo.
The main monuments to visit are: the Sanctuary of Montallegro with its important marble facade (built after the apparition of the Madonna on July 2 of 1557); the Sanctuary of Caravaggio (built between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries on order of the Senate of the Republic of Genoa); the sixteenth Castle (built by the population between 1550 and 1551 as a result of the frequent pirate invasions); the village with its towers.
Starting from the pre-Roman settlement remains, you can date the birth of the city between the eighth and seventh century B.C. .; the Roman Empire was once considered an important coastal center of the Tigullio territory, whereas after the fifth century suffered the ravages of Heruli and Goths. The first expansion took place in the twelfth century by the Republic of Genoa, while the architectural structure remained unchanged until the late sixteenth century: from that era the new mansions were erected inside the walls in the Renaissance style. There are, however, of the eighteenth century the new settlements and new roads but they keep the classic road-portico combination.
You should visit the Cathedral of Nostra Signora dell’Orto characterized by an imposing arcade with marble and valuable interiors; the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora delle Grazie in the beautiful hill of “Le Grazie”; the historical palaces of “Rocca Palace”, “Ravaschieri Palace”, “Rivarola Palace”, “Palace dei portici neri”, “Torriglia Palace”, “Marana Palace”. Also very interesting are the city Hall, the Castle of Chiavari, the Theatre-Cinema Cantero, the Archaeological Museum.
In the ancient era Sestri Levante was composed of a small island. In the Roman era it became an important commercial center, especially for maritime traffic. Over the centuries followed the succession of dominations that took place in the Gulf of Tigullio up to the Kingdom of Italy, which was joined by Sestri Levante in 1861.
Sestri Levante has a rich natural heritage, the town is characterized by the beauty of two bays, the Baia delle Favole and Baia del Silenzio. You should visit the Basilica of St. Maria of Nazareth and the Church of St. Nicolò and the ruins of the Oratory of St. Caterina; very important is the presence of many historical and stately homes scattered in the city area.
The Gulf Paradiso (Paradise) is a small bay located on the coast of the eastern part of the Gulf of Genoa, in the Ligurian Sea, whose area is squeezed between the great town of Genoa and Portofino promontory. The main cities are Recco and Camogli; the first is famous for its cheese focaccia, water polo and the fireworks of September 8, the second for the anchovies, sailing ships and colorful houses overlooking the sea. The small village of San Fruttuoso is immersed in the Regional Natural Park of Portofino which is made from the homonymous promontory and 3 municipalities: Camogli with the nucleus of San Rocco, San Nicholas and San Fruttuoso; Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure, with the nucleus of Paraggi and Nozarego.
The Abbey of San Fruttuoso of Capodimonte is dedicated to San Fruttuoso of Tarragona, the Catalan bishop and saint of the third century, whose ashes are kept at the abbey, where they would be transferred next to the Arab invasion of the Iberian Peninsula. The site is not accessible by road, there can only be accessed by sea or along two panoramic trails.
The Christ of the Abyss is a bronze statue placed in 1954 on the backdrop of the bay of San Fruttuoso, between Camogli and Portofino, 15 meters deep. The statue, with and height of about 2.50 meters was created by the sculptor Guido Galletti and was put thanks to the Italian Navy about 17 meters deep; it was brought to the depth thanks to many divers.
As a curiosity it is emphasized that to get the bronze needed were cast medals, naval elements and bells. The arms of Christ are upturned, ideally addressed to God in heaven, are open as a sign of peace.
Punta Chiappa is a small rock that juts out over the sea from the promontory of Portofino west side; It is part of the municipality of Camogli, the Park of Portofino and the homonymous Marine Protected Area.
The settlement is merely a small collection of houses that develops around an ancient water mill; while the church of St. Nicholas is considered one of the oldest existing Abbeys in Liguria.
It takes place every second Sunday of May in the natural, picturesque and exclusive scenery of the marina in Piazza Colombo. The feast, organized by the local Touristic Association and under the patronage of the mayor of Camogli, is very well-known in Italy as well as abroad. They say the feast was born from the decision of some local people that in 1952 started to offer some fried fish to both their fellow citizens as well as tourists. This tradition has slowly been transformed into an important chance of communication and promotion of the touristic soul of the city.
The symbol of the festival is the pan in which the fish is fried, thanks to the help of many volunteers that contribute to the success of the festival. It is related to the festivity of San Fortunato, patron saint of fishermen: the night before the festival, after the religious mass and the procession of the Arch of San Fortunato with the City of Camogli band, the famous bonfire takes place, where they set fire to the wooden sculptures made by the local people of the boroughs of Porto e Pinetto.
Charter Portofino can organize sensational visits to the Cetacean Sanctuary, between the Ligurian coast and Corsica. The visit to the Cetacean Sanctuary can also be added to the other packages offered. During the visit it is possible to admire the great pelagic ecosystem that makes this area as extraordinarily rich in life forms.