The journey to this unusual landmark is almost as exciting as the place itself. Visitors start at the port of Genoa and climb up the tiled staircase to the top, where they'll be greeted with spectacular views from the castle's terraced gardens.
The promontory where Castello Brown stands has been used for defensive purposes since 1425. But the recent iteration of the castle got its name from Montague Yeats Brown, a wealthy resident who purchased it in 1867 and transformed it into a private mansion. He owned Castello Brown until 1949.
These days, the castle belongs to the Municipality of Portofino and is regularly used for wedding, celebrations and exhibitions.
Travel Tip: Check with the tourist office before making the journey to Castello Brown, as it regularly closes for private events.
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