AREA DEL PARCO DI PORTOFINO
The idea is simple: to salvage abandoned land, resume the cultivations of the past, and restore agriculture and animals to an area that for centuries has lived off the land and not just off the water. The vineyards and olive groves – a vital source of sustenance for entire generations – have largely been abandoned over the past 30-40 years and are now being salvaged and cultivated yet again. The project aims to use sources of renewable energy in order to transform Portofino into an international model for environmentally-sustainable tourism.
As well as producing artisan Golden Ale beer – produced with hops cultivated on the Portofino mountain -, heather and strawberry-tree honey – made in the bee-hives that run along the slopes above the Baia degli Inglesi just as they were when placed there by Benedictine monks in the past -, the vine-planting project, the wellness farm, guided tours of the cultivations and donkey rides, La Portofinese also runs the Mulino di Gassetta found along one of the paths in the Park, and the enchanting Portofino light-house.
The Mulino di Gassetta is an ancient mill found in the Valle dei Mulini (Valley of Mills) which has been renovated as an eatery, information centre and museum of the Portofino Park. The philosophy is “eat well and healthily”, enjoying typical dishes and tasty recipes prepared with local, seasonal produce. A 0 km allotment and small orchard provide the high-quality ingredients. The Mulino also organises workshops on how to make pesto with a pestle and mortar and corzetti pasta as well as tastings of local products.
The Faro di Portofino is a lounge bar on the farthest point of the headland. Moving up from the square in Portofino towards the peninsula in just a few minutes you reach the churchyard of the Church of S. Giorgio and its breath-taking view. A path continues alongside villas and panoramic viewpoints with enchanting views over the village. At about a third of the way along the route you reach Brown Castle, the foundations of which date back to Roman times. Continuing along some strips of scrub-land and Mediterranean pine-wood, until we reach a viewpoint immediately below the Faro di Portofino, the furthest point of the land.