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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. Make Portovenere part of your personalized Porto Venere itinerary using our Porto Venere itinerary builder.
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  • Although we visited it after Cinque Terre, I was still impressed by the great landscape, the view and the ruins. I wish I knew you could also go the beaches there and brought a swimming suit. Definite...  more »
  • I was looking for accommodation to vist Cinque Terre when I came upon this under rated beautiful little town. Accommodation was much cheaper than in the CT towns and I took a chance and made a booking...  more »
  • Portovenere is beautiful, the people are friendly, even to the non Italian speaker, and the food is delicious. It's quieter than the Cinque Terre towns and in my opinion more beautiful. You can for €3...  more »

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