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“A colorful Italian seaside town” 5 of 5 stars
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Portovenere
Porto Venere, Italy
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Itala, Italy
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“A colorful Italian seaside town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Portovenere is very small, but lovely. Colorful houses, medieval castle and church on the cliffs. Winding, steep, cobbled stoned alleys. The shops are geared for the many tourists that visit. Don't expect any local craft. The two churches and castle you must visit. You can easily spent half a day here, eat a great lunch, walk it off, sightseeing.

Visited June 2013
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Milan, Italy
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“Try it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Don't listen to your Santa Magherita hotel concierge, do not read the tour guides and spend all of your time in Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita and Portofino. Go to Porto Venere for a day! Check the boat and train schedule and go for it (we did boat on the way down from Monte Rosso or Levanto, and the train back all the way to SML).

We found less tourists, great vistas, a castle, a charming old town and a church on the top of the point. Plus for the Trekkers at heart there is an island with a 3 hour trek around (we didn't do it but we heard it was very nice, and with the other Cinque Terra treks closed now due to the landslides this could be a good option).

Visited May 2013
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“So peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

We got married at the Castle Doria and, my, oh my, we cannot stop smiling, grinning silly, talking about it, looking at the pictures and simply missing our Portovenere.
If you want to relax after the hustle and bustle of Cinque Terre and the big cities in Italy/Europe, settle here. This is a town that must be lived in, not spent a night over at. However, if you want action and all the works, then this is not the place for you. Please don't destroy this paradise.

Visited April 2013
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“Quaint & Relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Great coastal town. The history on this area is fascinating (so is the Doria family, an old and extremely wealthy Genoese family who played a major role in the history of the Republic of Genoa and in Italy, from the 12th century to the 16th century. Today, there are Doria's alive today living in Rome!). This seaside community is a gem!!

Visited April 2013
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“Great town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Stayed there for one night in March 2013. The idea was to use this as a gateway to the Cinque Terre which we wanted to walk. We arrived in the afternoon, strolled through town and had dinner.

Next morning I woke up early and the weather was bad, but I went out to the castle and enjoyed the early dawn hours which was great. We spent the whole morning there and only did the Cinque Terre by train late in the morning. The Cinque Terre was much more crowded and we all agreed that we liked Portevenere more!! Would love to come in summer...

Visited March 2013
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