5 十二月 2016


Portovenere was a very important seaside town at the time of the ancient Romans. The name of the town derived from a Roman temple built in honor of Venus on the present day promontory of San Pietro.

During the XII century under rule of the Genoese the Castle and numerous fortified dwellings were built along the seafront for residential as well as defensive purpose.

During the Napoleonic Era the Castle was used as a jail for political prisoners; in the same age the provincial road that goes from Portovenere to La Spezia was built. For that the road is known as the "Napoleonic road".

Among Portovenere's interesting buildings we find the Church of San Lorenzo, the church of San Pietro and the Scola tower.

An archipelago made up of the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto is part of the Portovenere Regional Natural Park.

On the Palmaria, easily reachable from Portovenre, there are many beuatiful beaches and a nice net of trails runnings troughout the island.

Tino is a military zone, open to the public only on 13th of September for the Feast of San Venerio, patron of the Gulf of La Spezia, who lived as a hermit on the island until his death.

Portovenere is easily reachable by public bus from La Spezia railway station and by boat from any of the Cinque Terre villages, enjoying a wonderful view on this stretch of well preserved coastline.