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Portovenere

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Address: 19025, Porto Venere, Italy
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Cinque Terre Sailing Day Trip from La Spezia

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Gorgeous place

When reading about the cinque terre I never saw anything about Portovenere. We sailed past this lovely place on our cruise and when we looked at Google maps to see which one of... read more

Reviewed May 6, 2016
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

When reading about the cinque terre I never saw anything about Portovenere. We sailed past this lovely place on our cruise and when we looked at Google maps to see which one of the 5 villages it was we didnt recognise the name. Later in the day we boarded our cinque terre boat trip and we're delighted to find out... More 

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Chilliwack, Canada
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39 reviews
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Reviewed May 3, 2016

If you stay at one of the 5 villages of Cinque Terre you should take in the town of Portovenere. This town was not on our itinerary. The trails were closed for repair and, a one day train strike (not unusual for Italy) led us to drive from Riomaggiore where we were lodging on recommendation of locals. A beautiful, more... More 

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Reviewed May 2, 2016

Just outside of la spezzia u find Portovenere. I recommend that u drive to the top, park your car there and enjoy the rest on foot. The views are amazing. The colored houses, the boats, the open sea. It's a very quiet please where u can relax and enjoy the view.

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Pleasanton, California
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Reviewed April 26, 2016

We hadn't planned on visiting Portovenere but, when we found out that two of the Cinque Terre trails were closed due to landslides, we looked for another option. We're really glad we decided on PortoVenere. What a gem. We accessed it by ferry from Vernazza. On the trip, we got sea-side glimpses of the first three towns of the Cinque... More 

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Manhattan Beach, CA
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Reviewed April 22, 2016

Portovenere is a Roman times township overshadowed by a medieval castle now converted into a paleontologic museum. The 18th Century town became fashionable among English poets and writers because of its scenic beauty. Striking villas surround the township which can be viewed up close by meandering through the upper side streets. Many shops and restaurants are available to the tourists.... More 

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Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

One of the most beautiful places we've seen. Small, crowded but makes you feel at home. Wonder full seaside, terrific views and also some history to be discovered.

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Reviewed April 15, 2016

You've generally got to get south below the Amalfi Coast to escape much of Italy's ever increasing hoards. Porto Venere, especially in shoulder season, is an equal to - as well as a bit of a relief from - more world famous sites a bit smothered by large crowds in surrounding equally lovely environments. It has the dramatic opening visual... More 

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1 Thank preglad
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Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

Don't miss the opportunity to visit Porto Venere if you are anywhere nearby. We drove past La Spezia and along the curved road to a magical medieval village. Be sure to see the views from the Church of San Pietro and the castle, Castello Doria. There is a nominal €5 charge for the castle. The turreted old village has the... More 

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Turin, Italy
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Reviewed March 30, 2016

What an adorable place! Really beautiful, from the coloured houses to the aromas of local cuisine, it can be busy with tourists foreign and local, as you would expect there is no lack of restaurants bars or shops, many yachts arrive in the bay some amazing examples too! the carruggio is wonderful too, hotels can sometimes be difficult to find... More 

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Reviewed March 29, 2016

Eat at 'La Marinara," stay at "Hotel Belvedere," visit the San Pietro Church, spend the afternoon hiking at Palmyra and a wonderful time will be yours!

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