By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises
Portofino, of course, is famous as a beautiful place.
If it seems familiar even if you’ve not been here before, perhaps you’ve seen it somewhere else.
There are recreations of Portofino’s harbor in Orlando, Florida at the Portofino Bay Resort at Universal Studios and another one at Tokyo DisneySea at Tokyo Disneyland in Japan.
There are also real estate developments with a Portofino theme in Reston, Virginia and at Gulf Harbour on the Hibiscus Coast in New Zealand.
None are quite as handsome…or as small…as the real thing.
Elizabeth von Arnim, born in New Zealand in 1866 as Mary Annette Beauchamp, wrote more than 20 books, including “Mister Skeffington,” which was made into a movie in 1940 starring Bette Davis and Claude Rains.
In 1922, she wrote her novel “Enchanted April” while staying at Castello Brown which still stands above the harbor. That book was filmed in 1935 and then remade in 1992.
The novel tells the story of four very different women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environs to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy.
The 1992 remake of “Enchanted April” was filmed on location at Castello Brown.
On this cost, I went with guests to Rapallo and Santa Margherita di Ligure, two larger towns on the coast. These are places with things not found in Portofino, like buses, trucks, and stop lights.
One highlight in Santa Margherita is the church of Saint Margaret of Antioch.
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