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Portovenere

Porto Venere, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Porto Venere
Type: Civic Centers
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New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We visited this lovely town and climbed up to the castle. The narrow streets lined with ancient homes and off and on vistas of the spectacular coastline are what draws me to this town again and again.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

we went there on the advise form our hotel's concierge instead of Portofino because it would be a shorter boat trip and we were not sorry. The place on the beautiful bay of poets really worth of painters depicting it from different angles (I'm sure they did).

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Bay Area
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83 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Although Portovenere is not officially one of the Cinque Terre, it is only a few miles away from Riomaggiore. It the best of the bunch! Also, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Accessible by ferry from La Spezia or Riomaggiore; by bus from La Spezia; or car. Not directly by train. It has the same beauty as Portofino, but is moderately... More

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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29 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A tiny village that is equally beautiful as the Cinque Terre villages and fully accessible by car!. The castle in the cap at the end of the village offers some unique views of the wild sea as gigantic waves are crushing in the rocks offering a real spectacle

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walsall, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

We were visiting La Spezia on a cruise ship and wanted to go to Cinque Terre. We had to change ferries here so only had a couple of minutes whilst waiting. It was an amazing view from the ferry when we turned into the coastline. Shocked to realise that Portovenere isn't even part of the Cinque Terre villages!! Beautiful and... More

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Poschiavo, Switzerland
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

If you visit Liguria, Portovenere is the best place to start with discovering the long coast that brings you all the way up to the Cinque Terre. This charming fisherman's village is a unique spot with cliffs on one side and sand beaches on the south side. WONDEFUL

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My friend and I took the bus from La Spezia to Portovenere. We bought a ticket from the driver and were not told we had to also validate. No one on the bus validated and before we arrived at Portovenere two men without badges walked onto the bus and demanded our documentation. They became very aggressive and made everyone on... More

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New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is not a quiet quaint fishing village but overrun by tourists, especially large, noisy families. Do not come here in August if you are looking for peace and quiet. There were more mobs of tourists here than in Florence!

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burlingame
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74 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We enjoy the boat ride from La Spezia to Portovenere. The town is very quaint with a path along the water and a picturesque path through the town. They sell pesto and pasta from the area along with wine from the Cinque Terra. Many restaurants that serve grilled fish and pasta dishes with seafood. A nice church to see as... More

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Oregon
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84 reviews 84 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We took the boat from Riomaggiore, and what a surprise! Porto Venere is molto bello! Nice restaurants, quaint shops, narrow lanes, and a wonderful old fortress to explore. There are rocky places along the harbor to sit out by the water. We only spent a few hours here but wanted to spend more and take our time to explore. We... More

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