Portovenere Travel Guide

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Portovenere Things to Do

  • Church of S. Pietro

    Built during the 6th century this church was renovated during the 1930's and gained UNESCO listing during the 1990's. Located within the fortifications of Doria Castle it can be seen from land and sea. We walked up to Doria Castle to view the fortification and take a photo of this church. We did not enter the church.

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  • the harbour

    We were lucky in that we arrived by ferry and obtained a fantastic view of the harbour and the waterfront buildings. We also walked the waterfront, admired the buildings, the small fishing boats in the harbour. Our only disappointment was we could not linger longer and enjoy a coffee in one of the waterfront restaurants.

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  • carugi: narrow roads

    Walk through the streets, you will see a variety of specialist shops, many restaurants and cafes, and very often apartments above the shops. Many of the buildings are old, beautifully decorated, and sometimes you may see the washing hanging outside the window. Don't forget to buy a gelato to enjoy whilst walking the streets.

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  • St Pietro Church

    Built during the 6th century this church was renovated during the 1930's and gained UNESCO listing during the 1990's.Located within the fortifications of Doria Castle it can be seen from land and sea.We walked up to Doria Castle to view the fortification and take a photo of this church. We did not enter the church.

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    If you arrive into Portovenere and are unsure of what to do make the Tourist Office your first visit.

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  • Portovenere Town Map

    An easy town to walk, narrow streets with a great variety and plenty of cafes and restaurants.Enjoy your walk in the sun.

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Portovenere Hotels

  • Grand Hotel Portovenere

    I booked the hotel by internet with booking.com. Instead of the room i received the suite. The suite...

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  • Hotel della Baia

    Via Lungomare 111, Le Grazie Di Portovenere, Portovenere, Italian Riviera, 19022, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Paradiso

    Via Garibaldi 34 - 40, Portovenere, Italian Riviera, 19025, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Portovenere Restaurants

  • Ristorante Elettra

    In the centre of the ancient city, facing the marina, lies this nice restaurant. Inside and outside dining. Good service, although only Italian is spoken (and understood). He: anchovies in lemon sauce followed by seafood platter (shrimps, (very) small lobster, mussels, ...)Me: prosciuto di parma followed by the seafood platter.Pitcher of wine,...

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  • Traditional and Great

    This local restaurant might not be "haute cuisine" but it serves stunning local dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. We were sent there by a local - and it is always a good sign if the locals frequent a restaurant in a tourist area - my experience was spot on - stunning pizzas, some great local beers and wine, funky music and a relaxed and low key...

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  • Ligurian Seafood

    Located by the marina of Portovenere, la Taverna di Venere specialises in Ligurian cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. My travel companion and I chose this restaurant randomly among numerous restaurants around the marina when we stopped for lunch while driving along the coast of Liguria. The food was tasty and portions were rather large. Prices...

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Portovenere Nightlife

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    Osteria Baracco: beer...

    by pollon Updated Apr 23, 2003

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    osteria baracco with which I have bothered you (as I use lots of words ;-)...) in restaurant tips, is also a beerhouse... your health!
    and after drinking why not a walk to S. Pietro church (in my pic), it has its charm by night...

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Portovenere Transportation

  • By Bus To Portovenere

    The attached web page gives details of how to travel by boat from La Spezia. It also contains information on bus travel.We did not travel by bus, but it is nice to know there is a bus service, especially as there are many travellers who avoid ferry travel.I counted the lifejackets on board and pleased to report there were more than enough.

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  • By Ferry To Portovenere Village

    Our day trip to the Water Villages and Cinque Terre was by ferry from La Spezia during June 2014.Our ferry ticket was Hop On Hop off day pass and you could visit as many or as few villages as you wish. Just catch the next ferry that turns up. You could stay on the ferry for the full return trip and never actually set foot on land until you returned...

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  • From La Spezia to Portovenere

    The best way to get to Portovenere from La Spezia is by ferry. As far as I know this service is available from spring to autumn. It's not a problem to buy a ticket in the harbour before the departure. The journey takes about half an hour and the ticket costs 4 Euro single and 7 Euro return ( July 2011). You can also travel to the Island of Palmaria...

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Portovenere Shopping

  • Ceramics and olive oil

    .Ceramics and olive oils sold in this store are specialities of Portovenere and Liguria.. Ceramics (if you like it) and olive oil.

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  • Little market

    By the marina, there is a small market on the square underneath the trees. There are street vendors selling fresh fruit and also beach products such as buoys. We bought some fresh fruit on a street vendor and it surely was worth it as it was very tasty. I guess prices were about average, being that Portovenere is a touristy destination in this...

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  • Postcards

    .I found a few bookstalls selling postcards (but no stamps), newspapers, travel books and small gifts on the main street of Portovenere.. Amazing postcards.

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Portovenere Local Customs

  • Festa

    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...

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  • Locals stop and chat

    We stopped in a little cafe to get a drink and they had a TV on that was showing sailing races where Italy was doing quite well. It was very interesting as the locals all seemed to know that there was a TV here that would be showing the races. They would stop in to just stand there and look at the TV or chat up Italy's standing with others doing...

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  • ascensore nooo! grazie

    Ligurian towns, in particular small and typical ones like this, are famous for their "up and down"s but would you prefer a more comfortable lift or more tiring climbing up and down in a lovely landscape among small streets...? and citizens seem to prefer the 2nd possibility: the town is full of banners saying: "lift nooo! thanks" and "hands off the...

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Portovenere Warnings and Dangers

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    The September sun

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 1, 2003

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    If you are white like flour (attention Brits and Vikings ooops... Scandinavians) be careful while tanning even in September. Your skin may be burnt instead of tanned. Use tanning lotions.

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    WHITE  MATT  WANTS  TO  BE  TANNED :-)

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Portovenere Tourist Traps

  • Parking spots

    The centre of Portovenere is car free, I advice you to come early so you can park your car near the centre. The only parking spots are along the main road.

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  • Toilets (loos)

    .Hmm... there were very few public toilets (= loos) in Portovenere and this underground one on the bottom of the picture was located at the end of the peninsula in front of a church. "Toilette a pagamento" means paid loo.Btw do you call this very useful chamber a loo or a toilet?. Use bar/restaurant loo. Don't drink much :-).

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Portovenere Off The Beaten Path

  • souvenirs

    This lady was selling souvenirs on top of the hill near the little church. I specially liked the cat she brought with her.

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  • Lerici

    Lerici is a beautiful seaside village with a coastal walk by a nice marina and a castle overlooking the sea. We visited Lerici during the afternoon and loved it so much that we stayed for dinner and for a night stroll on the walk by the marina. Unfortunately it was pouring that day and photos came out lousy!! We had a fantastic dinner there on a...

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  • La Spezia

    La Spezia is a big city compared to the surrounding villages we visited in this Ligurian area. Seen from the approaching road, it spreads for a wide area on the slopes of the hills, bathed by the sea. It has a major importance on naval defense of the area - its installations are quite huge and spread for km along the coast.We didn't explore La...

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Portovenere Sports & Outdoors

  • my first First 211

    simply I have liked it and I'm totally excited about sailing... only I'm such a beginner completely green at it...I had my first experience with a sailing centre, Horca Myseria, the office of which are in Milan and the bases for the boats in Portovenere and Isuledda (in Sardegna)... the best gear to bring is a watertight wetsuit (jacket and under...

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  • Sporting Beach

    .The beach called Sporting Beach is narrow and over-crowded, simply not my favourite. . Swimsuit or swimming trunks recommended :-).

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  • Climbing the hill

    .Sports in Pontovenere? OK, try to climb the hill in sunny midday with heavy rucksack on your back. Not enough? Put some stones inside your rucksack - there are many around hehe.. Hiking shoes.

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Portovenere Favorites

  • general

    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....

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  • city walls

    . Look at the ancient city walls and the tower (Torre Capitolare). Its walls are faced with ashlar- work, each dressed stone is slightly blunted. Openings to the first few floors are enriched by mullioned windows and windows with tree lights. .

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  • Poet's Gulf

    Golfo dei Poeti (Poet’s Gulf) is the name of this coast, also known as La Spezia’s Gulf. It spreads from Portovenere and the Cinque Terre till Lerici, being that La Spezia is situated on a bay. It is said that Byron and Shelley named the area, since both were great admirers of this beautiful coastal landscape. They say that Byron once swam...

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S.Pietro Church
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Doria Castle - Overlooks Sea & Town
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Town Gate
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First View of Portovenere from Sea
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Village Streets & Shopping
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The Harbour
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Leaning Waterfront Buildings
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The Beach
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Our Guide
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Climb high
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Vernazza
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Monterosso
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Cinque Terre - Five Lands
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Andrea Doria castle
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The church of San Lorenzo
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Along the harbour
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Medieval centre
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Byron's grotto
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San Pietro church
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Why visit Portovenere?
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By boat from La Spezia
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Castello Doria
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Boat trip to 3 islands
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Cinque Terre by boat
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Arrival
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Isola Palmaria
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Calata Doria
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i Capitoli
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le Cinque Terre
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Via Capellini
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Medieval Gate
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Castello Doria
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Chiesa di San Lorenzo
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Torre Capitolare
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Medieval Slates
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Chapter Tower
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San Lorenzo Church
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Byron's Grotto
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