"Portovenere e le Cinque Terre" Portovenere by MM212

Portovenere Travel Guide: 160 reviews and 401 photos

A sleepy seaside resort, Portovenere is a picturesque town located at the southern end of the national park of le Cinque Terre. The town is a great base from which to visit the isolated villages of le Cinque Terre which are best accessible by ferry - or traghetto - from Portovenere.

Along with the whole of le Cinque Terre, Portovenere was designated in 1997 as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Not only is the town itself is filled with history, but its surroundings are also incredibly rich in flora and fauna. During Roman times, then known as Portus Veneris, it was a fishing village with an important Temple of Venus, to which the town owes its name (Venere = Venus). After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the town became the base of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) fleet. Then after changing hands a few times, Portovenere became part of Genoa and remained an important defensive town. Much of the architectural heritage left over the centuries remains to be admired to this day.

Road Trip through Italy itinerary - May 2009:

Roma - Siena - San Gimignano - la Spezia - Portovenere - San Remo - Cannes - Portofino - Santa Margherita - Pisa - Roma

  • Last visit to Portovenere: May 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Would love to walk down that main street!

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Delightful tour here w/U! Always great photos! Grazie!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Fine photos in your travelogue and tips!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Loved bringing back memories via your Portovenere pages. Great information and super photos.

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Thanks for this compact and handy pages on Portovenere. Have a good weekend - on you're already on holiday :-)

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    These are good comments and pictures. We got close to here and had plans to see the town-now wish we would have. It looks culturally interesting to see on the coast.


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