Portovenere is a charming village that sits on the point connecting the spectacular Cinque Terre to the inspirational Gulf of the Poets. From Portovenere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is easy to visit nearby attractions such as the Cinque Terre, Portofino, Lerici and Tuscany – by boat, car or train.
Grand Hotel Portovenere sits right in front of the harbor where ferry boats run daily to the villages of the Cinque Terre. Each village has a train station making travel between the towns quick and easy. You can reach La Spezia Train Station either with our hotel’s transfer service, or by car. Our hotel offers you parking right in the center of Portovenere, for a stress-free vacation and easy way to explore the Italian Riviera!
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ST. PETER’S CHURCH: Built in 1198 A.D., this spectacular church sits atop the cliffs that jet out into the sea, creating the most dramatic and recognizable attraction in Portovenere.
BYRON’S GROTTO: This breathtaking inlet is very popular with local sunbathers as its shape creates a protected pool for swimming. It is the perfect example of why this area has become known as the Gulf of the Poets.
DORIA CASTLE: Built in the XII-XIV centuries, the castle originally housed the Doria Family, who had a very important role during the era of the Republic of Genoa. This jewel offers a unique panorama of Portovenere and the Gulf of the Poets.
ST. LORENZO’S CHURCH: Built between 1118 and 1130 A.D., this church is the site of the festival celebrating ‘Madonna Bianca,’ the patron saint of Portovenere, which is held annually on August 17th.
HISTORIC CENTER: Portovenere features an ancient port with tall, narrow and brightly colored buildings that give you the sensation of stepping back in time. The town center offers a range of shops, restaurants and bars.
THE ISLANDS: With an area of almost 2 square kilometers, Palmaria Island is by far the largest of the chain of islands in Gulf of La Spezia. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Portovenere, Cinque Terre and the smaller islands of Tino and Tinetto. Easily accessible by boat or ferry, Palmaria is an ideal place for nature and sea lovers to pass the day.
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LERICI: This quaint and charming village of Roman origin features a medieval castle (now a natural history museum), and a romantic promenade flanked by a multitude of bars and restaurants.
LA SPEZIA: The capital of the province, La Spezia is a typical port town, home to many historical points of interest, one of the most interesting being the Naval Museum.
RIOMAGGIORE: The southernmost village of the Cinque Terre is ideal for adventure lovers, offering the opportunity to take guided tours diving in the clear waters of the Marine Reserve. Riomaggiore is also an excellent starting point for hiking trails along the Cinque Terre.
MANAROLA: Throughout the many terraces laced along the hillside, you can see a variety of olive groves and vineyards. Manarola has been considered an important center for the cultivation of these products since ancient times.
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CORNIGLIA: Corniglia sits on top of a hill about three hundred feet high and for this reason the only way to reach it is by the famous staircase called "Lardarina." Among the points of interest of this village are the parish of St. Peter and the Belvedere terrace of Santa Maria.
VERNAZZA: Often referred to as the most charming village of the Cinque Terre, Vernazza may be the smallest in size, but is overwhelming in its beauty. The Doria Castle is one of its most striking historical landmarks.
MONTEROSSO: Perhaps the most famous among the Cinque Terre, Monterosso is certainly the most suitable for beach lovers. It also has several places of historical and cultural interest, such as the statue of the Giant and the Church Saint John the Baptist.
SARZANA: This medieval town at the border with Tuscany is surrounded by fortified walls. You can admire the Fortresses of Sarzanello and of Firmafede. During summer, it hosts a variety of cultural and historical events.
TELLARO AND FIASCHERINO: Two picturesque villages with splendid sea views, renowned for their crystal clear waters with small cove beaches and some exclusive beach resorts.
LUNI: This ancient town was founded by the Romans in 177 B.C. Archaeological excavations have brought to light the famous statue of Lunae, testifying to its glorious past and the multiplicity of local divine cults. The findings are on display at the National Archaeological Museum of Luni.
BOCCA DI MAGRA: This small town is located right where the Magra Rivers flows into the Mediterranean Sea. Equipped with a small marina, it offers a really impressive sight.
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PORTOFINO: Famous for its elite tourism, Portofino is also a park of considerable ecological importance due to the peculiarity of its marine habitat. It is an ideal destination for those who love shopping and nightlife.
SAN FRUTTUOSO: This bay is accessible only by sea or by foot, and offers a truly unique experience to its visitors. The main protagonist is the floating bronze statue known as ‘Christ of the Abyss’.
VERSILIA: This area of Tuscany borders with Liguria, and is famous mainly for the towns of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi. It is a destination for elite tourism with five-star beach clubs and luxury shopping.
CARRARA: Famous for its fine marble, Carrara offers beautiful beaches on the coast and an impressive historic center with a museum dedicated to the history of the marble quarries.
From the Sea to the Mountains
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