From la spezia take the touristic ferry boat (round trip: 7euros) which are crossing the "Gulf of Poets" (Famous English poets" BYRON and SHELLEY" came to this place , the latter died here when his boat was hit by a storm)
Portovenere is a small town west of La Specia, where plenty of cruises will start to the area of Cinque terre
But also the town itself is worth a visit with its old church of San Pietro, that you will pass by, when cruising for Cinque terre.
The old church of San Pietro dates back to the 12th century and the arches of the nearby fortress-walls offer a great view over the Cinque terre Coastline.
To explore Portovenere you will need half a day and you may combine it with the town of La Spezia or maybe with the 5terre.
It is the best to go to Portovenere by train, as parking there is quite expensive ( depending on the distance to the port and free parkings are in a distance of about 3 km)
When you click here, you may see on a map where to find Portovenere :
www.multimap.com - Portovenere
For more infos and pics - please click on my link below !
Portovenere took its name from the Roman Goddess of Love, Venus. Indeed, it is her village...quite romantic.
The narrow streets, grouped together and lined with pretty-colored houses, make this quaint village a "must" to wander.
When we took the boat from Levento to check out the views of the five villages of the Cinque Terre, it is where the boat stopped for more than an hour.
Wander the streets, visit the 16th Century castle (on the northwestern side of the village), eat at any of the small pizzerias, trattorias,osterias, or ristorantes.
Or, just soak up the scenery of this gorgeous location.
By the way, this picture was taken from the
castle on Portovenere.