Discover our coastal gems
The famous village of Portovenere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, fascinates in all seasons with its sunsets, colorful tower-houses and incomparable panorama.
This jewel of the Ligurian Riviera di Levante is located between the Cinque Terre and Versilia.
Its peninsula constitutes the western end of the Gulf of Poets, and right in front of the village you can see the marvelous islands of the La Spezia archipelago: Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Thanks to About Italy Holiday you can stay in an apartment in the historic center of Portovenere with a fantastic sea view!
To get to La Spezia, take the A12 Genova – Livorno motorway or the A15 La Spezia/Parma. Once you have taken La Spezia exit, continue on the SP530 towards Portovenere on a winding and panoramic route. In Portovenere, paid parking is divided into zones: P1, P2, P3 and “IL GOLFO” in the locality of Cavo .
Portovenere can be reached by bus from La Spezia with line 11/P.
From the La Spezia train station, walk to Via Garibaldi in about 8 minutes, where you will find the stop for the 11/P bus line.
From April to November you can reach Portovenere by boat both from La Spezia and from the villages of the Cinque Terre .
The closest airports are in Pisa and Genoa.
Portovenere is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway for couples, but it is also a destination that will satisfy the sporty traveler and the most demanding explorer. Indeed, here it is possible to dive into the depths of the Ligurian Sea and discover an incredible underwater flora and fauna.
You can also explore among the lush Mediterranean scrub and climb the white cliffs overlooking the sea. The Alta Via delle Cinque Terre, one of the most famous paths of the Italian coast, which connects Portovenere to Levanto crossing the Cinque Terre, starts right here.
The best way to discover Portovenere is to get lost in the narrow streets of the village, the ‘carruggi’, in search of characteristic views, small shops and chip shops. From the pier, however, you can admire the Palazzata a Mare, a series of picturesque pastel-colored tower houses built on the seashore and anchored to the rocks. Continue walking and you will reach the Church of San Pietro which overlooks the sea merging with the rocks of the promontory, a true symbol of Portovenere.