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Cinque Terre, Italy
Portovenere travel packages
The Jewel of Italy's Bay of Poets.
The five villages that make up nearby Cinque Terre might get all the attention and crowds, but Portovenere is a lovely laid-back alternative. Portovenere is one of the three villages in the Bay of Poets, so named because Lord Byron used to swim across to San Terenzo, where his friend and fellow English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was living. But its history goes back even further than that. The ancient Roman name of the place was Portus Veneris, as it once hosted a temple to Venus.
You can take in the main sights of Portovenere in a half day, with the striped Genovese Gothic church of St Peter the most prominent of them. Nature lovers will enjoy walking in the Natural Park of Porto Venere, and a short boat trip to tiny island of Palmaria that faces Portovenere is a must. Although there is no train station in Portovenere, you can reach the Cinque Terre villages by ferry or taking a boat tour, or by taxi to La Spezia followed by a train.

Where to stay in Portovenere

With accommodations in an elegant 4-star hotel located directly on the sea, we're sure you'll love your stay in Portovenere. Get in touch with us for a free travel consultation. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to choose from.

Luxury Hotel
Beautiful luxury hotel set on the seafront

Things to do in Portovenere

We don't have any set excursions or tours in or around Portovenere. We suggest simply taking in the scenery or if you're up for the challenge, go for a hike, to make the most of this quiet, scenic location.

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