Via Garibaldi 34 - 40, Portovenere, Italian Riviera, 19025, Italy
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Osteria da Baracco
Isola Palmaria on the left
Ancient Moorish arches
Parking in Portovenere
Hi, Does anyone know what parking is like in Portovenere in late May and the method of payment.
Re: Parking in Portovenere
As you may or may not know, there is only one road into and out of Portovenere. The road comes in from La Spezia, and just after the Grand Hotel, it takes a right turn, then does a 180 and drops about 20 feet(?) in elevation to run out of town at sea level. Oh, the road is also one way...if you miss where you want to stop (as I did on the first pass), you have to leave town and come back in again ;-)
If you are staying at the Grand Hotel, they have their own parking garage. Of course, as luck would have it, you pass the driveway for the garage BEFORE you see the hotel, so once you see the hotel, it's too late ;-). However, when the road does the 180 and drops elevation, there are a dozen or so parking spots right on the side of the road (they are marked), so you can park there, walk up to the hotel, and check in.
I don't remember if the parking on the street near the hotel was paid parking or was sharply limited in time (I suspect it wasn't for long term) - I parked there for only a few minutes. Once the road dropped to sea level to run out of town, it ran in front of a lot of restaurants that are facing the water...I have the feeling that there was parking either in front of them are along the road, but, again, we walked there from the hotel so I can't be sure.
I have looked at the city's website for parking info but not found anything helpful to you...hmmmn, I guess I haven't been a lot of help...were you just planning on driving there for the day or were you planning on staying?
Travel Tips for Portovenere
What a lovely place! Definitely a must see when you're around those corners. Anyhow, that's what a thousand other people think, so be prepared. We had been travelling around in Tuscany without reservations for at couple of days, but this city was difficult. Most hotels were quite over the budget, and the cheap ones or B&B's were fully booked or noone at home. If you arrive in a car, be aware that you cannot drive into the city center, and all other streets up the hills are VERY narrow. There's a main road around the city though, one direction. You are supposed to park your car somewhere on that street or in one of the parking places up hill. Then take the city bus - it's going round and round on that ring road nearly all day. Go explore the old church and the sea views, it's so beautiful!
Boat tours / Boat Hire during the winter months...
It was unfortunate that there were no boat tours or private little boats to hire during our stay at Portovenere. Unfortunately, nothing was running during the wintertime. We had planned to hire a small boat and explore the area on our own. Please keep this in mind if you were wishing to take tours also down the Cinque Terre from Portovenere Our fondest memory of Portovenere ..... there are so many!! Although the days were spectacular (perfect sunny weather), it was probably when night fell, and we'd go to the bar on the waterfront, have a few Irish Coffees, and just walk around Poet's Gulf and back again, heading into the main gate to the township. Portovenere by night is just beautiful!
parking your car might be expensive
Parking a car in Portovenere might be quite expensive, as there are several areas with different prices from 0,6 to 1,55 €uros per hour.
The closer you get to the cruise-port the more expensive the parking-area will be...
...and a few meters more to walk, might save you a lot of money, as the cruises to Cinque terre will take about 6-8 hours
At this little kiosk on my pic the tickets are sold for the cruises
San Lorenzo Church
Go up the hill to this church on the picture. It's San Lorenzo Parish church consecrated in 1130 that holds a number of notable works of art.
Its Romanesque facade was built by the famous Magistri Antelami between 1116 and 1130. Over 868 years after its opening, the church has maintained its ancestral structure of a nave and two aisles. The round archways are supported by columns in black stone, some of which were substituted in 1582 by columns in white Carrara marble.
Doing the summer, there are countless festivals in Italy. So many, in fact, it's very difficult to keep up with what's going on in any given town. We found out that Portovenere has the festa delle bianca madonna on August 17th. This is a religious tribute that the local residents partake in. This one is particularly nice because the entire town is covered in lights.
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We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Paradiso Hotel Portovenere
Address: Via Garibaldi 34 - 40, Portovenere, Italian Riviera, 19025, Italy