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Take the walk up the narrow main street, Via Cappellini, through the wonderful town and its shops... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Middletown, Maryland
So beautiful!

After seeing this place, you can understand why Byron found this place so peaceful yet inspiring... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
steve f
Liverpool, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take the walk up the narrow main street, Via Cappellini, through the wonderful town and its shops, to the open piazza at the top. On the right is an opening in a high stone wall that overlooks the Bay of Poets. It's a breathtaking sight,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LJL1974
Reviewed 24 October 2018

After seeing this place, you can understand why Byron found this place so peaceful yet inspiring. Truly one of the DO NOT MISS places of our entire Italian journey.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank steve f
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Oh how we wished we had taken our bathing suits. This was a lovely grotto and so calm. The water was wonderful. We stuck our tired feet in for a while. Great place.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank VickiA63
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Located at the far end of the town, but just before the castle, there's a little trail that leads down to a view of the grotto. For those in average shape, it's an easy walk to get the view. The grotto itself isn't that large...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dale W
Reviewed 17 August 2018

One can understand why the great Byron found this inlet so inspiring............it just soothes the mind and relaxes one's persona to melt away all your woes and troubles.............BEAUTIFUL!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank venicefish
Reviewed 7 August 2018

This Grotta gives an image and poetry, and so it was the favorite grotta of Lord Byron, peaceful atmosphere, full of fascination and vibrant colours; I think it was his charming place, so peaceful to have wonderful ideas, and place to meet Shelley; Perhaps, definitely...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Manuela L
Reviewed 26 July 2018

This are was favourite of the romantic Victorian poets. Lord Byron swam from here to meet with Percy Shelley. Sadly he drown on a similar swim in Greece.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Ronnie S
Reviewed 8 July 2018

15 minute ride to grotto very peaceful and nice. Porto Venere is better than cinque terra less tourists more locals in great beach town that is flatter and has better photo apps

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank richard s
Reviewed 7 July 2018

Great to look at but only the daring and physically fit should attempt to swim here. Lots of rock climbing and an interesting grotto to explore.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Fab-Mom
Reviewed 22 June 2018

In equal measure. Such a wonderful place- no wonder he like it so much. Could have stayed here for ages.

Date of experience: June 2018
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