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Portovenere
Portovenere’s brightly painted buildings, lively harbor, and clifftop castle make it a quintessential Italian Riviera town, perched on the rocky shores of the Gulf of Poets (Golfo dei Poeti). An easy detour from the wildly popular Cinque Terre National Park, this comparatively tranquil seaside town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history, delicious seafood, and stunning backdrop of cliffs, caves, and coves—making it ideal for hiking, mountain biking, or just relaxing.
 
The Basics
Portovenere is most often visited on a day trip from La Spezia, San Gimignano, Siena, Milan, or, most commonly, Florence. Most tours combine free time in this oceanside town with stops in the coastal villages of Cinque Terre for hiking, dining, and exploring. It’s also possible to admire the picturesque waterfront aboard a sailing cruise around the Golfo dei Poeti.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • If visiting in summer, be sure to pack sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Public transportation to and from Portovenere is limited, so joining a tour is the best option for those without a car.
  • White some hotels, ferries, and attractions in Portovenere are wheelchair and stroller accessible, the village’s steep and narrow lanes can be challenging for those with limited mobility.
 
How to Get There
Located at the southern tip of Cinque Terre National Park along the Italian Riviera, Portovenere is reachable by car (year-round) and ferry boat (mid-April through October only) from nearby villages such as La Spezia, Levanto, and Vernazza. It is set 102 miles (164 kilometers) west of Florence and just nine miles (15 kilometers) from La Spezia.

When to Get There
The most atmospheric, albeit crowded, time to visit Portovenere is during the summer season (May to August). The town is a popular destination any time of year, but be aware that many hotels, restaurants, and attractions close down in low season.

The Legend of the Golfo dei Poeti 
La Spezia Bay is better known as the Golfo dei Poeti, or the Gulf of Poets, and its natural beauty has been inspiring poets since Roman times. Poets Persio, George Sand, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Eugenio Montale have all mentioned the bay in their verses, while one of the coastal caves is named after former resident Lord Byron.
Address: Portovenere, Italy
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Boat Tour through Portovenere and Tellaro

Boat Tour through Portovenere and Tellaro

Discover the untouched beauty of the Gulf of Poets on board a fast and comfortable dinghy. Take your time to explore the picturesque villages of Portovenere and Lerici and enjoy the best view of Tellaro from the sea. Sail along the jagged coast of the islands of the Poets Gulf where the sea is calm and crystalline. The Cinque Terre are just around the corner but here you will be away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere. Take a dip in a secluded cove and toast onboard with cool local wine. Take the opportunity to have a delicious lunch in Lerici, tasting mussels breed in the Gulf. Please note that the first part of the tour, islands and Portovenere, will be shared with other guests (up to 8) while the second part with Lerici and Tellaro will be private, with the boat just for you.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$224.79
Price varies by group size
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$224.79
Price varies by group size
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Floating Island | Boat Tour ( Portovenere, Cinque Terre or Lerici )

Floating Island | Boat Tour ( Portovenere, Cinque Terre or Lerici )

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It is an exclusive boat trip that will help you experiencing the meaning of Italian "Dolce Vita", exploring one of the world’s most inspiring Gulf, loved by the English poets Shelley and Byron. It’s perfect for those who want to enjoy in style the area's most secret and inaccessible coves along Portovenere or Cinque Terre Coast, avoiding the crowd, and, at the same time, to explore the coast and its picturesque fishing villages without any stress.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$777.20
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