Amazing coastline, ancient fortress, lovely narrow streets, romantic harbour
sailing w/ a beautiful typical small village in the background and nice people in it...
The site of San Pietro is not only exceptionally beautiful but it is also interesting from the historical point of view. In pagan times there was a temple of goddess Venus here, from which the name Portus Veneris comes. Later it was converted into a Christian church and in 1256 the Gothic church of San Pietro was built here. The facade, as well as...more
The main street in Portovenere, Via Capellini - also known as Carugio - cuts through the town. It starts from the arched gateway by the harbour and runs uphill to la Chiesa San Pietro, a church built on the ruins of the Roman Temple of Venus, to which the town owes its name. The buildings on both sides of the narrow Via Capellini likely have not...more
We arrived in Portovenere from La Spezia by ferry. I think it was a much better choice than coming by bus. What can be nicer on a hot summer day than a cool breeze from the sea? Besides, the first glimpse we caught of the town from the boat was just compelling: a line of colourful narrow houses along the harbour and a picturesque little church on...more
The village of Vernazza was founded in the year 1000 but flourished in the 13th century under the dominion of the Republic of Genova. It is said to be the most beautiful part of Cinque Terre, but being surrounded by sea from three sides, it is really susceptible to floods. Actually, the big flood of 2011 destroyed hundreds of houses here.The place...more
Monterosso is the most western village of Cinque Terre located on the hills where vines and olives are cultivated. It's the only of the five that has a small sandy beach. The Aurora tower divides the old part of the town (destroyed in the flood of October2011) from the new one that developed along the coast. The old town is dominated by the ruins...more
Although Cinque Terre was the main reason of our visit to Liguria, it didn't turn out to be the highlight of it. It doesn't mean of course that I wasn't impressed by the renowned five villages. The unique beauty of the places is undeniable. The ribbon of rock and soil winds between the sea and mountains on the length of 15 km. On it, hugged to the...more
Via Lungomare 111, Le Grazie Di Portovenere, Portovenere, Italian Riviera, 19022, Italy
Good for: Solo
A beautiful - very large - triple room here only cost something like 180 Euros per night. It was...more
Via Garibaldi 34 - 40, Portovenere, Italian Riviera, 19025, Italy
Good for: Families
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...
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...more
The closest airport to Portovenere is Pisa Airport with the Genova Airport being a little further away. There are about 20 airlines operating both domestic and inter-European flights to Pisa Airport. Check the below web address for more up to date information as well as airlines.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
.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 :-).more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more