Overlooking the picturesque harbour of Portofino is one of the Italian Riviera's must-see jewels: Castello Brown. The 16th-century fortress, later transformed into a charming villa by Montague Yeats Brown, 19th-century British consul to Genoa, offers enchanting vistas and spectacular panoramic views.

Portofino, the tiny fishing village that lies below, has been a favourite of travellers going back to the time of Lord Byron and is still known to attract celebrities during the summer months. (Even actor George Clooney was famously spotted cruising its streets on his motorbike.)

But Portofino is much more than a magnet for the rich and glamourous. This pristine Mediterranean promontory offers travellers a chance to explore authentic Italian culture. One such opportunity is an exclusive food and wine tasting event at Castello Brown, where you can discover the richness and variety of the Italian culinary tradition with Ligurian food and wine expert Guido Porrati as your guide. Meet Mr Porrati and sample this enriching cultural experience in the following video:

If you love food and wine as much as travel, be sure to visit Castello Brown in Portofino.

Our Silver Shore Collection tour "Portofino & Tasting at Castello Brown" is offered on several Mediterranean voyages, including Silver Spirit's Voyage 5033, sailing 2 October, Nice to Rome.

Jul 23, 2010