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Hotel Piccolo Portofino
Hotel Piccolo Portofino

Via Duca degli Abruzzi 31, Portofino 16034

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Portofino, this beach hotel is steps from Portofino Beach, Portofino Marina, and Outdoor Portofino. Church of St. …

£77
avg/night
Lido Palace Hotel
Lido Palace Hotel

Via Andrea Doria 3, Santa Margherita Ligure 16038

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Santa Margherita Ligure, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Chiesa di Santa …

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Hotel Argentina
Hotel Argentina

Via Paraggi a Monte, 56, Santa Margherita Ligure 16038

2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Paraggi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Paraggi Beach and Abbey of Cervara. Abbazia di San Girolamo al …

£76
avg/night
Excelsior Palace Hotel
Excelsior Palace Hotel

Via San Michele Di Pagana 8, Rapallo 16035

5.0 out of 5.0

The Excelsior Palace Hotel lies on the Portofino Coast, 1 km (0.5 mi) from Rapallo castles and ruins, 7 km (4 mi) from …

£89
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Hotel Canali
Hotel Canali

Via Pietrafraccia, 15, Rapallo 16035

4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Rapallo hotel is located in a state park, within a 10-minute walk of Minigolf Sport Team Rapallo, Bagn …

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Hotel Italia e Lido Rapallo
Hotel Italia e Lido Rapallo

Lungomare Castello 1, Rapallo 16035

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is steps from Castle-on-the-Sea, Castello di Rapallo, and Bagni Molo. Bagni Tigullio an …

£51
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L'Ora Blu
L'Ora Blu

Corso Elia Rainusso 20/5, Santa Margherita Ligure 16038

Situated in Santa Margherita Ligure, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Chiesa di Santa Margherita d'Antiochi …

£53
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Hotel Astoria Rapallo
Hotel Astoria Rapallo

Via Gramsci Antonio 4, Rapallo 16035

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Rapallo, this beach hotel is steps from Basilica dei Santi Gervasio e Protasio, Basilica of Sts. …

£62
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Hotel Riviera
Hotel Riviera

Piazza Iv Novembre 2, Rapallo 16035

3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Rapallo hotel is located on the waterfront, steps from Basilica dei Santi Gervasio e Protasio, Basilic …

£105
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Hotel Miramare
Hotel Miramare

Lungomare Vittorio Veneto 27, Rapallo 16035

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Rapallo, this hotel is steps from Basilica dei Santi Gervasio e Protasio, Basilica of Sts. Gervasiu …

£55
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Pocket Guide: Portofino Castello Brown Hotels

Stay near Castello Brown

High above Portofino's harbour, Castello Brown is a 16th-century castle open to the public. From its lush-green terrace, Castello Brown has impressive views over the village's colourful buildings, the tiny harbour and the Mediterranean Sea. With its location above Portofino, it's no surprise that this fairytale castle is a popular setting for weddings, meetings, parties and conferences.

Whether you're attending an event at Castello Brown or you just want to explore it, there are plenty of top-notch places to stay near Castello Brown in this beautiful corner of the Italian Riviera. From stunning historic hotels to upmarket spa resorts to farmhouse B&Bs, there's no shortage of high-quality accommodation options.

Visiting Castello Brown

Reach this hilltop castle with a steep walk uphill through scenic gardens. Set in a picture-pretty Mediterranean garden filled with roses and pergolas, grand Castello Brown has a few pieces of original furniture, sculptures and paintings. But the magical view from its gardens is the real headline attraction. Continue your sightseeing by following a path from Castello Brown to Portofino's lighthouse, which is just a ten-minute walk away.

History of Castello Brown

Built in the Middle Ages to defend Portofino against pirates, Castello Brown has a perfect defence position, high above harbour. Cannon batteries were installed on the site in the early 16th century, and down the centuries, Castello Brown has been enlarged and rebuilt several times.

In 1867, Montague Yeats Brown, a British diplomat in Genoa, bought Castello Brown for 7,000 lire and turned it into a private villa. It was then that the fortress became known as Castle Brown. The home stayed in Brown's family until 1949 when it was sold to an English couple, Colonel and Mrs John Baber, who then sold it to the City of Portofino. The fortress opened its doors to visitors in 1961.

Stay within easy reach of the must-see Castello Brown to make the most of your stay in the Portofino area.

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