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Portofino Italy

Portofino is a small fishing village, commune and tourist resort located in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. The town is considered to be among the most beautiful Mediterranean ports. According to Pliny the Elder, Portofino was founded by the Romans and named Port of the Dolphin because of the large number of dolphins that inhabited the bay. In the late 19th century, first British, then other northern European aristocratic tourists began to visit Portofino, which they reached by horse and cart from Santa Margherita Ligure. Eventually more expatriates built expensive vacation houses, and by 1950 tourism had supplanted fishing as the town's chief industry.

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