High up on the hill in Portofino, it is sort of hard to miss this landmark...on the point overlooking the harbor is the elegant and very grand Castello Brown, an old defense castle dating back to the 15 th century that was used to protect the port. These days the castle is used as a museum and is really worth a visit even if just to enjoy the peaceful walk up the hill and enjoy , probably what are the best panoramic views in Portofino. Stepping inside the castle walls felt to me like entering a film set of a fairytale similar to The Princess and the Pea, the entrance is so grand and elaborate yet mysterious, inviting and unbelievably bewitching all at once. With the castle being so prominently located, the caliber of artist exhibiting at the museum is of different extremes, yet all of exceptional standards, eclectic sculptors and artist. One stood out to me, Federico Schiaffino, who art almost seems to meld into the walls itself. The one thing that stood out to me in Castello Brown was the beautiful tile works. Lining the smooth marble stairs from the art galleries to the second floor are some very rich and intricate detailed tiles, and yet there is an eeriness to the atmosphere. It was definitely a relaxing time there...we sat in the garden for what seemed an age.