Portovenere is a picturesque Italian town which is located in the eastern part of the region of Liguria, in the province of La Spezia. The city is included in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites from 1997, thanks to a large number of ancient buildings and monuments. Despite its small size, the city boasts plenty of landmarks. Among them, the ancient church of San Pietro (chiesa di San Pietro) of the 13th century in the Gothic style located on a rocky promontory.
In the distant past in the place of the church there was a temple of the goddess of Venus. In the 6th century a Christian basilica was built here, made of black marble. Only in the 13th century the church of St. Peter was built here in the Genoese style. Now the church consists of two parts, connected by arches.
An important landmark of the town is a magnificent medieval castle-fortress of the Doria family (Castello Doria) of the 16th century, situated on a cliff top. The castle is a magnificent example of medieval military architecture. The castle was built to protect the town and the Gulf of La Spezia. In the 14th century the fortress was demolished and then rebuilt again almost from scratch. Construction lasted for almost a century. In the 19th century, during the Napoleon times, the castle served as a prison. In present time the castle is the property of the City of Portovenere.
Another landmark is the Church of St. Lawrence (Chiesa di San Lorenzo) of the 11th century. Inside the church there are many works of art: a wooden crucifix, a miraculous icon of the Mother of God, a marble altar and others.
This wonderful resort town attracts many tourists, fans of architecture and lovers of the beautiful sea. Parts of the city consist of colorful houses lined up along the sea and the narrow streets-labyrinths. The central street of the city, Cappellini (Via Capellini) is decorated with portals carved from slate. The architectural image of the city has not changed much while retaining the atmosphere of a small fishing village with no hustle and bustle and everything is peaceful and quite.
In the city there are many opportunities to have a great vacation. For fans of the deep sea there are famous beautiful sea caves on the Palmaria Island (L'isola Palmaria), such as Byron's Grotto (Grotta Byron), the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), and so on. The diving center organizes regular diving excursions. The caves can be reached only by boat. On the island there are also interesting hiking trails and an amazing beach - Pozzale. By boat you can get to a great national park Cinque Terre, whose territory is under the protection of UNESCO.
Local residents believe that all the beauty of Portovenere can be appreciated only from the sea.
Fans of climbing can go to the mountain of Monte Muzzerone for some rock climbing. The mountain is located near the port of La Spezia and features incomparable landscapes. Here you will find more than a hundred climbing trails for all levels.
Fans of water sports would definitely enjoy the race of Palio del Golfo which is held on the first Sunday of August. The race is a rowing competition between the residents of 13 cities located in the province of La Spezia Gulf.
At different times, the beauty of the city attracted many poets. Virgil has been here - the greatest poet of the ancient Rome. Local cliffs were mentioned in the Divine Comedy by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri and in the sonnets of the Italian poet Francesco Petrarca. These places were also loved by George Byron – an English romantic poet. He swam across the Gulf of La Spezia from Lerici to Portovenere. As a result, the bay of La Spezia was called the Gulf of Poets.
Rocky coastline, incomparable Mediterranean nature, sandy beaches and the unique atmosphere of this ancient Italian town will definitely enchant you with their originality.
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Enjoy a wonderful, unforgettable vacation with a four-star hotel Royal Sporting. The hotel is located in the picturesque seaside town of Portovenere and boasts beautiful views of the Gulf of Poets. The Hotel Royal Sporting belongs to a well-known throughout Italy hotel chain Charme e …
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