Porto Venere, La Spezia, Italy. Another Italian small town to fall in love with. Along with neighboring Cinque Terre it is protected by UNESCO and unsurprisingly so. The history of the town runs back to the ancient 1st century BC. Its name comes from the temple dedicated to Venus – a goddess, who has been spotted on the coast. Today the church of Peter the Apostle stands here instead.
Porto Venere has been always known as a fishing village. Numerous colorful houses huddle along the rocky coastline and gradually ascent to the top of the hill. A web of narrow Medieval streets lead to the ruins of Doria Castle built in the 12th century. The Gulf of Poets is dedicated to the famous writers, who loved the place: that was Byron, Shelley and D. H. Lawrence. Another exciting thing to do is to go on a boat tour, that explores archipelago, which features three islands – Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, all protected by UNESCO.
Why to go there?
It is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns on the Ligurian coast. The spectacular nature and ancient architecture provide a variety of activities and sites to explore.
When to go there?
All year round – Porto Venere drops into a mild Mediterranean climate zone.
How to get there?
There is a variety of options getting to the town: by boat from Levanto, Cinque Terre, La Spezia; by bus from La Spezia or by car from anywhere in the region.
Lead photo by Kworalsoa