Portovenere Travel Guide

  • Portovenere
    by Alex_71
  • Portovenere
    by Alex_71
  • St. Peters Church
    St. Peters Church
    by MikeAtSea

Portovenere Highlights

  • Pro
    matcrazy1 profile photo

    matcrazy1 says…

     Amazing coastline, ancient fortress, lovely narrow streets, romantic harbour 

  • Con
    pollon profile photo

    pollon says…

     touristic prices... 

  • In a nutshell
    pollon profile photo

    pollon says…

     sailing w/ a beautiful typical small village in the background and nice people in it... 

Portovenere Things to Do

  • Church of S. Pietro

    Doria Castle or Fortress was built in somewhere between the 12th and 17th centuries. Climbing through the narrow streets to the ancient castle is quite a hike, but the effort is worthwhile. The road is rough and steep in places but the views are incredible.

    more
  • the harbour

    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
  • carugi: narrow roads

    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
  • Climb high

    Doria Castle or Fortress was built in somewhere between the 12th and 17th centuries. Climbing through the narrow streets to the ancient castle is quite a hike, but the effort is worthwhile. The road is rough and steep in places but the views are incredible.

    more
  • Vernazza

    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

    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

Portovenere Hotels

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,...

    more
  • 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...

    more
  • 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...

    more

Portovenere Nightlife

  • pollon's Profile Photo

    by pollon Updated Apr 23, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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...

    Related to:
    • Sailing and Boating

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Portovenere Transportation

  • 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...

    more
  • By boat from La Spezia

    .You can get to Portovenere from La Spezia by a boat (8-9 daily) crossing the Poet's Gulf - 5.5 Euro R/T (3.5 - one way).Check the link below or e-mail:navinfo@navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it .

    more
  • How to get to Portovenere – Airport

    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

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.

    more
  • 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...

    more
  • 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.

    more

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...

    more
  • 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...

    more
  • 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...

    more

Portovenere Warnings and Dangers

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    WHITE  MATT  WANTS  TO  BE  TANNED :-)

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 1, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    .
    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.

    .

    Was this review helpful?

    more

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.

    more
  • 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 :-).

    more
  • Portovenere Hotels

    7 Hotels in Portovenere

    64 Reviews and Opinions

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.

    more
  • 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...

    more
  • 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...

    more

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...

    more
  • Sporting Beach

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

    more
  • 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.

    more

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....

    more
  • 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. .

    more
  • 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...

    more

Instant Answers: Portovenere

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

92 travelers online now

Comments

 
Explore Deeper into Portovenere
S.Pietro Church
Favorites
Cinque Terre - Five Lands
Things to Do
Andrea Doria castle
Things to Do
The church of San Lorenzo
Things to Do
Along the harbour
Things to Do
Medieval centre
Things to Do
Byron's grotto
Things to Do
San Pietro church
Things to Do
Why visit Portovenere?
Favorites
Castello Doria
Things to Do
Boat trip to 3 islands
Things to Do
Cinque Terre by boat
Things to Do
Arrival
Favorites
Isola Palmaria
Things to Do
Calata Doria
Things to Do
i Capitoli
Things to Do
le Cinque Terre
Things to Do
Via Capellini
Things to Do
Medieval Gate
Things to Do
Castello Doria
Things to Do
Chiesa di San Lorenzo
Things to Do
Torre Capitolare
Things to Do
Medieval Slates
Things to Do
Chapter Tower
Things to Do
San Lorenzo Church
Things to Do
Byron's Grotto
Things to Do
Mater Naturae
Things to Do
San Pietro Church
Things to Do
Portovenere's Harbor
Things to Do
Portovenere's Medieval Town Centre
Things to Do
Calata Doria
Things to Do
Portovenere's Fortress - Andria Doria Castle
Things to Do
How to get to Portovenere – By Car or Bus
Transportation
Cinque Terre Hiking Map
Favorites
Cinque Terre – Hiking
Things to Do
La Grotta di Byron
Things to Do
Castello Doria
Things to Do
Harbour
Things to Do
Main street
Things to Do
Church
Things to Do
Map of Portovenere

View all Portovenere hotels