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“Beautiful seaside town”
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Russell Ontario
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“Beautiful seaside town”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

We loved walking up to the fortress / castle and marvelling at the beautiful views of the Bay of Poets. We could have spent more time here.

Visited August 2012
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“It's Porto Venere...”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

...one of the most beautiful and amazing places in the world. Actually I'm pround to live near there and go sometimes for a coffee or a dinner. I prefer this place out of season, due to too many tourists and the traffic jam. But it's fair: I hope that a lot of people can visit this piece of paradise during their stay on earth! Usually is windy, take care and do not forgot to climb in the upper part: view is unique.

Visited August 2012
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“A short escape to Portovenere”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

Portovenere is a truly scenic seaside resort which can be reached either by bus from La Spezia or by sea through Riomaggiore. Even day-trip visitors will immediately feel welcome in this laid back seaboard atmosphere, which the locals frequent for even a few hours to swim, sunbathe or to generally relax. Frolicking by the seaside quite apart, the locals would take the rest of Portovenere for granted, which a visitor would not. It is a quaint old port on the Italian seaboard, notable for its formidable fortified ramparts and imposing coastal towers on sheer drops of cliff. To the intrepid visitor with strong feet these are certainly worthy of closer inspection. This aspect of the scenery makes for plenty of interesting places to explore and for equally interesting backgrounds for snapshot, “I’ve been there”, photography. On the more culturally engaging level is the medieval church with its gothic interior where the light streaming in from the windows plays a beautiful chiaroscuro effect on the whole ambience and on the colonnade. If you are that lucky, you may even happen upon a wedding to complete the pageantry.
A walk through the old quarter, which consists of a main narrow street, is like taking a stroll in a different epoch, full of timeless charm; old liquor shops and taverns, old shops selling spices and herbs and old artisan shops. The tourist attractions of Italy are full of this stuff but it remains incredible how each region of the peninsula retains its particular candor and charisma for representing and reliving its past. It is certainly worth the while saving one’s healthy appetite for good food for such a place, to sample the local fare. There is a lot one can ask for and relish of which local pasta and pesto are but a simple example.
I would certainly recommend Portovenere to those travelers who prefer a less stressful holiday than one in the main cities, trying to fit as many historical and cultural landmarks as possible. Portovenere is full of the typical colours of Italy, especially for those who can pick out the more subtle hues of the Liguria.

Visited September 2012
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Montreal, Canada
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“Pretty little town”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Lovely to stroll around. Fantastic limoncino cakes sold right by the entrance to the town, definitely worth a buy!

Visited September 2012
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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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“Not to be missed”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

When we visited this part of beautiful Italy, our plan was mainly to visit the Cinque Terre. However, the owner of the hotel mentioned that Portovenere was also an equally beautiful place. It is a short bus ride from (25min) from La Spezia. Indeed, it was marvelous. The sea, the rocks, the church on the rocks where you can have a fantastic view of the ocean and the mountains, the Castle. We had a delicious seafood pasta lunch by the sea. Several nice shops to buy some souvenirs. You can prcatically stay in Portovenere for the whole day. Do not miss to visit Portovenere when you are visiting this area.

Visited September 2012
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