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Portovenere, Porto Venere

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Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, Portovenere is a part of a series of villages called Cinque Terre connected by train and a walking path that follows the coastal cliffs. It takes a few hours to get from one end to the other, so break up your walk with stops for wine and antipasto. For the best views, take a ferry between the villages. You can visit a number of historic churches, some built as early as the 12th century, such as St. Peter's Gothic cathedral. Lord Byron spent some time in the area and added to its romantic appeal with his stories. See Portovenere and all Porto Venere has to offer by arranging your trip with our Porto Venere trip itinerary planning site.
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  • With 5 nights in the area, we had time to explore a little further beyond the enormously popular Cinque Terre towns. A day trip to Portovenere was a highlight. We had about 3 - 4 hours in... 
    With 5 nights in the area, we had time to explore a little further beyond the enormously popular Cinque Terre towns. A day trip to Portovenere was a highlight. We had about 3 - 4 hours in...  more »
  • Beautiful village… like what many tourists mentioned, it should be included in the cinque terres. Only problem is transport. After oct, there is very limited ferry to this village, so either drive or....  more
    Beautiful village… like what many tourists mentioned, it should be included in the cinque terres. Only problem is transport. After oct, there is very limited ferry to this village, so either drive or....  more »
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  • Low tourist city and gateway to the 5 cities
  • Pearl of the eastern riviera. Magical and fascinating place. To visit absolutely. From Wikipedia: Porto Venere Pòrtivene in Ligurian and in the local variant, also written Portovenere, is an Italian town of 3 297 inhabitants in the province of La Spezia in Liguria. Due to its urban territorial extension it is the smallest municipality in the province of La Spezia. In 1997 Porto Venere, together with the islands of Palmaria, Tino, Tinetto and the Cinque Terre was included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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