San Pietro Church
San Pietro Church
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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dapper777
Monaco32,272 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
The church of San Pietro, in Pisan Romanesque style, is the oldest church in the Gulf.
The construction of the church dates back to the 5th century on the remains of an ancient Roman temple, dedicated to Venus Erycina.
The church was officially consecrated in 1198.
It has undergone various alterations over time, including the inclusion of black and white bands in the 13th century, around 1256, and was restored between 1931 and 1935.
It stands on a rocky promontory. From there and from the cloister gallery the view towards the Cinque Terre is fantastic and unique.
It marks the western end of the Gulf of the Poets.
The building itself is very valuable, especially its striking interior with the columns and vaults in white and black stone, in a fine Ligurian style.
It houses a copy of the bronze statue of St. Peter kept in the Vatican Basilica.
The church doors are also very interesting. The bronze doors are modern and feature small beautiful busts of the evangelists and St. Paul.
Inside the austere church you feel an atmosphere of serenity and peace.
A wonderful place to visit.
Written October 27, 2021
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ScottishConnection
Hampshire, UK96 contributions
May 2022
Spectacular location - an oasis of calm and serenity. Highly recommend visiting at 7am _ no visitors and can climb up and admire view of local fishing boats bringing in their catches and the stupendous views of the Gulf of Poets and beyond. When the church is open during the day it is a beautiful place of calm to reflect and light a candle if you so wish. Steeped in history and focal point of portovenere.
Written June 21, 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom7,511 contributions
May 2022
This is such a striking and dramatic looking church. The black and white Gothic building, stands isolated and alone on a rocky promontory at the end of the town.
It has stood here for centuries. The original church dates back to the 5th century when it replaced a pagan temple but the distinctive black and white stripes were added later, in the 13th century.
Portovenere is only a small town and the church is one of the main sights. We walked along the waterfront promenade which leads you to San Pietro.
It is worth taking the extra time to go inside (entry is free). The interior is somewhat dark and gloomy, but very atmospheric. Inside, you’ll see more of the Siena-like black and white stripes. The black comes from the local fine-grained Portoro marble.
When we first saw it, the modern looking door, the “Door of Heaven”, seemed strangely at odds with the rest of the Gothic church. We later learnt that it was created by the Neapolitan sculptor Lello Scorzelli (1921-1997). Interestingly, he also created relief panels for one of the doors at St. Peter's Basilica, Rome.
Just near the church, at Byron’s Grotto, you can see another of Scorzelli’s works, a large sculpture called ‘Mater Nature’ (Mother Nature).
Don’t miss walking around to the back of the church where the views from the loggia and terrace are panoramic. From here, we looked down over the Gulf of Poets and out across the open sea, towards the Ligurian and Tuscan coastlines.
Written November 17, 2022
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Karen R
Powhatan53 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
From the ferry boat docks we walked through the streets to San Pietro Church which is nice. Climb to the top for photos and don’t miss the nearby arch with access to Byron’s Grotto. Swimmers seemed crazy due to rough water but we had a picnic lunch and watched folks taking pictures with waves crashing over them.
Written September 3, 2018
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
The church is just a short walk from the center of Porto Venere and is just so beautifully positioned at the end of the peninsula. It stands out even more if you are on a boat passing by. We took some beautiful pictures from the sea returning from Cinque Terre.
We saw a wedding there and the photographer was guaranteed amazing shots on that beautiful sunny day.
I must have seen hundreds of churches in my lifetime....all different, all beautiful...
Written January 6, 2016
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J from Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland12 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
Nice spot but dirty and smelly.
I really wonder what is going on in Italy.
It's so superdirty and people are so rude.
Last time maybe for me ...
Written August 1, 2012
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GiorgiaC
Italy92 contributions
May 2019
One of the most suggestive places I have ever been.
I can't imagine how stunning it may look like for whoever comes here and visit it for the first time.
Proud of living here!
Written January 29, 2020
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sunnluvr
Houston, TX82 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
Really a lovely little church, slight uphill walk to get there but not bad. A wedding was taking place when we first arrived so church was closed to visitors but once wedding party left we were able to go in and enjoy the beauty of the interior and views of the bay. Worth the walk up!
Written January 21, 2018
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FemaleSoloTrek
Washington DC, DC120 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
Words cannot describe how peaceful and beautiful is this church sitting on the pizazza and protected by fortress walls. Inside you will find a seaside church with candles burning. The religious statues and artwork are stunning. I visited this church many times during my stay in Portovenere. You can also peek outside the church windows to see the wave-tossed sea.
Written July 31, 2016
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mgbrook
Brooklyn, NY99 contributions
Aug 2015 • Solo
If you are in Portovenere, it is worth a visit to San Pietro. Interesting architecture and wonderful views.
Written August 30, 2015
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