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“Best viewed from the sea”
Review of Portovenere

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Full-Day Tour of Cinque Terre and Portovenere from San Gimignano
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Denver, CO
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“Best viewed from the sea”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

We took a ferry from Manarola, and view Portovenere from afar - what a gorgeous view to watch as we came closer. We spent some time walking around and viewing the architecture, but didn't spend more than an hour or two. Had an interesting experience seeing the Italian Coast Guard boats which accompanied a Cardinal from the Catholic church, dressed head to toe in hot pink. Discovered the joys of a Caipiroska with fresh strawberries at a local restuarant on the beach.

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“Great place, stay there!”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Well it's off the beaten track, but still very popular, so get in early for a car park and stay there! you will love it! we did and can highly recomend it!

Visited October 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

We were only there for a short time. This is an amazing place. The water is so blue, clear and inviting. We were in cinque terre earlier which was nice but if your want to see a small wonderful town this is it.. Not very touristy or crowded. We could have spent the whole day there with a bottle of wine and picnic baske. It was just so breath taking.

Visited September 2012
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“such an interesting place”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Portovenere is so "Old Italian", colourful, interesting and so full of history. It is touristy but don't let that put you off because it desreves to be a place for people to visit and enjoy. I was amused with their underground toilet near the old church for few tourists were prepared to visit this "dungeon". but loved the colourful waterfront and the leaning buildings many with the day's washing drying from the balconies

Visited October 2012
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“Portovenere afternoon--just being there is enough...”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Portovenere’s waterfront is a colorful hodgepodge of narrow tower hoses. Its architect— a child stacking blocks one upon another—seeing how high the torri can rise before it comes crashing down. They lean against each other for support.

Trattorias, enotecas and just plain bars, edge the bottom floor of the buildings.

We walk till we reach steps. We climb. Out of the rock, the church of Peter the Apostle looms above us. It is a gray world of rock and stone…hard to determine where one ends and the other begins. We clamber up and down and over stones; polished smooth from a million feet. My husband finds a rougher path, giant boulders torn from the earth, circle Byron’s Grotto.

We continue our climb, stopping at the statue of Mother Earth as she looks toward the ever changing sea. Finding a park at the bottom of castle walls, we sit, taking time to just be there. The air is soft and cool. The water, rippled satin. Church bells peal. They do not stop when they have tolled the hour but continue on. It is a concert.

Our assault on the Andrea Doria Castle—built by the Genoese between the 12th and 17th centuries— takes us further up the mountain, climbing, twisting, peering in windows…peering out small square openings—meurtriere—toward the sea. We do not realize how high we have climbed till we begin our descent…more than fifteen stories from the top of the castle to the waterfront below. Stairs lead downward through small openings, beside door fronts, down narrow passages till finally we arrive at Via Cappellini and return to our room.

Visited October 2012
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