PORTOVENERE is an ancient medieval fishing village situated just south of the CINQUE TERRE and lying at the western tip of the Gulf of La Spezia on the Italian Riviera. This charming village is one of the most picturesque and well worth the visit. Its harbour is lined with brightly coloured houses according to the architecture of the Genovese colonies, while narrow medieval streets lined with shops lead up the hill from the ancient city gate, three strong towers, battlements and an imposing castle built to protect the village.
PORTOVENERE is a spectacular tourist village, the abundance of natural beauty and ancient buildings of historical interest, painted with the characteristic colours of Liguria, have resulted in this harbour and the islands of the archipelago facing it, to be placed as a Unesco World Heritage site. At the base of the houses, is the more populated and lively area, where you can find restaurants, bars and shops.
The tip of the promontory holds a picturesque church. Byron's Cave is a rocky area leading to the sea where the famous English poet of the 19th century used to swim, while ferries cruise along the coast each day, offering passengers a chance to view the most evocative landscapes of the Mediterranean. It is possible to visit the three islands across: Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto
You can hike from PORTOVENERE to Monterosso, where you can catch a trail ...