And then it was time to mix with the rich and famous. In Portofino we did not only step into the footsteps of Kurt Hielscher but for example also those from Madonna, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Rihanna. Unlike Kurt Hielscher, who probably walked the whole coastline from Genova to Rapallo, we took the boat from Santa Margherita Ligure. And from Portofino to the Monastery of San Fruttuoso, a very special place where we also went for a swim.

Portofino, 1939. Photo: Kurt Hielscher.

Portofino, 26th of April 2023. Photo: Casper Molenaar.

Portofino as seen from the Terrazza del Castello.

The harbor from Portofino as seen from the water.

Kurt Hielscher made his photo from Castello Brown, a 10 minute walk uphill and with an entrance fee of 5 euros.

A view from and on the harbor.

The Chiesa di San Giorgio as seen from the Terrazza del Castello.

Strolling around the cosy boulevard of Portofino: the Calata Marconi.

Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, something like a half an hour by boat from Portofino. We went for a quick swim, but took the first boat back to Portofino, because we wanted to taste a littlebit more of the atmosphere there and who knew who we would see?

Back to Santa Margherita Ligure. We actually wanted to start in Rapallo, but that day the boatservice was out of order.

Back in the harbor of Santa Margherita Ligure with the Monumento a Cristoforo Colombo.

Below: Just around the corner of Portofino with the Faro di Portofino on the right and the Chiesa di San Giorgio more to the left. Photo: Casper Molenaar.

In the footsteps of  Kurt Hielscher