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“So peaceful”
Review of Portovenere

Portovenere
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$150.42*
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Mountain Bike Tour in the Cinque Terre
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.

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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!!

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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...

3  Thank MywaySA
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Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

We are staying in Hotel Nella in La Spezia and came here after recommendation from our host. We drove from La Spezia but it would be just as easy to bus or Boat, or by boat from any CT town. In fact that may be cheaper as parking at the port town starts at €1.50 per hour and on a busy day you may end up with a 2km walk into town.
But I do suggest making the trip and spending a half day there as you will be well rewarded. The Castle and Church of San Lorenzo are must sees and there are places aplenty to get food and souvenirs.

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Reviewed March 30, 2013

This small village is better of the ones of the cinque terre for many reasons:
It was historically very important since it was the more meridional town of the Genova duchy. It also was a well protected natural port, and for this reason very wealthy. For these two reasons the town has many well preserved monuments:
the walls and the castle,
the sea-front promenade: a series of houses with very small openings used as wall in case of war (the lower windows were not present in the medioeval age),
the two lovely churches: the small San Pietro, at the promontory at the end of the bay, old monastery founded before 1000, and San Lorenzo, higher in the village. This last church is bigger and dedicated to San Lorenz, the saint of Genova. Near the Castle there are the remainings of two wind mills.
These historical remainings make the village very nice even if you do not care history.
Another important feature of Portovenere is the landscape: the small bay closed by a nice isle is wonderful as it is the view of the cliff seen from the castle or from the san Pietro church. You can arrive to the village by bus, walking from Riomaggiore (if you like it difficult) and by sea (from Spezia and le cinque terre with i battellieri del golfo).

4  Thank Gaetano C
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