Portovenere, Porto Venere

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, Portovenere is a part of a series of villages called Cinque Terre connected by train and a walking path that follows the coastal cliffs. It takes a few hours to get from one end to the other, so break up your walk with stops for wine and antipasto. For the best views, take a ferry between the villages. You can visit a number of historic churches, some built as early as the 12th century, such as St. Peter's Gothic cathedral. Lord Byron spent some time in the area and added to its romantic appeal with his stories. See Portovenere and all Porto Venere has to offer by arranging your trip with our Porto Venere trip itinerary planning site .
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  • A beautiful small town that makes a perfect escape from La Spezia (30 minutes by bus or boat). Make sure to wander up to the church & castle for stunning views and crumbling ruins head down to Byron's...  more »
  • One of the most enchanting towns I ever visited! We spent the evening there and enjoyed a great sunset with an endless horizon view in addition to a great dinner.  more »
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