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  • Next to the harbour
    Next to the harbour
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  • San Pietro church
    San Pietro church
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  • Trina and Imi in front of the harbour
    Trina and Imi in front of the harbour
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    Why visit Portovenere?

    by magor65 Written Jan 22, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Portovenere is located in the Gulf of Poets, which is actually a nickname given to the Gulf of La Spezia. The nickname sounds much nicer and it has its historical justification. For centuries its beauty has attracted many writers and musicians, including English poets Byron and Shelley, French novelist George Sand or German composer Richard Wagner.

    Portovenere is a UNESCO Heritage site. The reason for its inscription is a "harmonious interaction between people and nature to produce a landscape of exceptional scenic quality that illustrates a traditional way of life" (justification for inscription from whc.unesco.org).

    Portovenere is just a couple of kilometres southeast from the famous Cinque Terre, which can be easily reached from here by ferry. The fact that most tourists decide to explore the five villages rather than Portovenere has only its advantages - the place has this peaceful quaint atmosphere that its beautiful neighbours are lacking.

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    Beach

    by micas_pt Updated Dec 6, 2004

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    Beach

    Favorite thing: It seems to be quite common on the Ligurian coast that people enjoy every little bit of space by the sea, even the rocky spots. If you are a fan of this sort of beach, Portovenere will not let you down. On the end of the coastal path by the garden there is a sandy beach where people bath and enjoy the sun. Also, along the path, we saw some people enjoying the sun on the rocky shore. Opposite to Portovenere (across the sea) there is another sandy beach area, where a lot of people were enjoying the hot summer days.

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    Architecture

    by micas_pt Written Nov 20, 2004

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    Colourful houses

    Favorite thing: I find Portovenere architecture quite pleasant as houses are very colourful – mainly yellow and pink. Houses are straight and all lined up along the narrow streets.

    Seen from the sea these houses provide a bright look to Portovenere contrasting with the beautiful blue water and the rock dull colour.

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    Portovenere

    by micas_pt Written Nov 20, 2004

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    Portovenere

    Favorite thing: Portovenere is a lovely village perched on cliffs and bathed by the sea. Major main sees on this village are the castle and the church. Don’t forget a stroll on the street by the shore as it is very pleasant, as well as a stroll on the inner narrow streets.

    Also, Portovenere is a good starting point to explore the Cinque Terre villages, as boats depart from Portovenere port very frequently.

    Being so nice and beautiful, Portovenere is somewhat touristy, but I guess that it doesn’t spoil the beauty and ambiance of this Golfo dei Poeti romantic and inspiring village.

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    Boat tours / Boat Hire during the winter months...

    by timtrina Written Sep 27, 2004

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    Trina and Imi in front of the harbour

    Favorite thing: 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

    Fondest memory: 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!

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    San Lorenzo Church

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    SAN  LORENZO  PARISH  CHURCH  ON  THE  HILL

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    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.
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    On the hill

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    PANORAMIC  VIEW  OF  PORTOVENERE

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    Portovenere is located on the hill by a picturesque harbor.

    Situated at the far west end of the "Gulf of Poets" has got probabily a Roman origin, as "Portus Veneris" was already mentioned in the 161 BC.
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    Harbor

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    THE  HARBOR

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    The picturesque 12th century hamlet in genovese style preserves the enchantment of the sea villages with its coloured houses facing the sea.
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