Festa di San Giorgio (Feast of Saint George) is celebrated on April 23, every year, in Portofino, in honor of the patron saint of the town.
According to legend, Saint George was a soldier of the Praetorian Guard of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who was sentenced to death for refusing to deny his Christian faith. He is one of the most venerated saints in Christianity.
On this occasion, a tree trunk cut on the mountain, called pennolla, is brought to the main square of the town. Around the trunk are brought old boats, fences, branches, dried flowers and things to throw away, and a huge fire is lit.
In the meantime, people eat, drink and sing songs till the pennolla falls to the ground. If what remains of the trunk falls in the direction of the sea, it will be a good year. In the opposite case, if it falls towards the land, the season will not be that good.
FESTA DI SAN GIORGIO 2019 will take place in April 23. The people will light the pennolla around 9.00 pm and the evening will end with a fireworks show.