On the far western arm of the gulf of La Spezia, between Cinque Terre and the Gulf of Poets, is the municipality of Porto Venere, one the most romantic spots on the Italian Riviera. Made up of three villages, Fezzano, Le Grazie and Porto Venere, and an Archipelago (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto), this small fishing village is today a tourists' and sea lovers' destination and it is famous for its restaurants where fresh fish and shellfish are always available.
Portovenere is a characteristic medieval village and with its coloured, narrow high houses, the genoese Castle, the St. Pietro Church on the steep cliff, it combines an illustrious history with the charm of "finis terrae". It is a picturesque village established during the Roman period on a rocky peninsula surrounded by the sea. The legend tells that the "Beauty godness" was fascinated by a so great natural masterpiece. To visit: San Pietro church (1277), Byron's Grotto, the castle and San Lorenzo church.
The mild climate makes Portovenere a preferred destination in every season.
Further information at: www.portovenere.com