PORTO VENERE - A SECRET JEWEL IN THE ITALIAN REGION OF LIGURIA, 30 MINUTES AWAY FROM THE CINQUE TERRE - 7 SIGHTS OF PORTO VENERE
|The Church of St Peter, also know as the church of teh fishermen. |
With its wonderful black and white façade is a wonderful and popular setting for wedding cerimonies.
Porto Venere is a wonderful fishermen town located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. It comprises the three villages of Fezzano, Le Grazie and Porto Venere, and the three islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. It is very close to the beautiful area of Cinque Terre and in 1997 Porto Venere and the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The village lies at the southern end of a peninsula, which, breaking away from the jagged coastline of the Riviera di Levante, forms the western shore of the Gulf of La Spezia Gulf, or also known as the Poets. The beaches of the area are very popular, with a water crystal clear and the strong current of the Ligurian Sea.
|The typical fishermen's houses along the sea front.Note the similarity with the houses of the Cinque Terre villages.|
Among the natural places in the Porto Venere is the famous sea caves Byron (Cala dell'Arpaia), Azzurra or Blue Cave (semi-submerged) and Tinetto. The Byron's cave, named after the English poet George Gordon Byron in this place that drew inspiration and meditation for his literary works, it is located at the spur of rock below the church of St. Peter and the old defensive position.
|The bay beloved by the poet Byron|
I. You can visit Porto Venere on a day trip from the beautiful area of Cinque Terre where I suggest you to make your base for discovering Porto Venere.
II. If you want to stay longer plan to stay in Porto Venere one or two nights and visit also the Isola Palmaria just in front of Porto Venere.
III. Be aware that accommodation in Porto Venere is very expensive!
IV. Plan to stay longer in Porto Venere if you want to enjoy great restaurants and a nice beach!
|View of the Bay|
VI. Don't walk just along the sea front, try to explore the narrow streets on the back of the village.
VII. Porto Venere is very busy at weekends and parking places are very difficult to be found. Avoid visiting at weekends!
|Wonderful sunset on Porto Venere|
X. Plan some trips in the area, for example to nearby Cinque Terre or Florence in the heart of Tuscany.
|Aperitive at Porto Venere: a must.|
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7 SIGHTS OF CINQUE TERRE / ITALY - THE ENCHANTING 5 FISHERMEN VILLAGES PART OF THE UNESCO HERITAGE IN THE ITALIAN REGION OF LIGURIA JUST 1 HOUR AWAY FROM PORTO VENERE ALONG THE LIGURIAN COAST
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