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“Best base for visiting the Cinque terre”
Review of Portovenere

Portovenere
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US$161.50*
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Cinque Terre Sailing Day Trip from La Spezia
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 20 July 2014

The best way to visit the Cinque terre is that of using Portovenere as base. I stayed at a beautiful family run Hotel "Belvedere" where mamma still supervise the cooking.
The place is breathtaking , the boat for the excursion at Cinque terre are at about 100 yards away. The night do to the bar Lamia for a great single malt whisky or great grappa.

2  Thank Bokassa2014
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

We stopped in Protovenere after viewing the Cinque Terre towns from the boat on our way from Levanto. While waiting to catch another boat to Lerici, we explored the playa and street market. Up a narrow street past a few tourist shops, we found a gelaterria selling crepes. The nutella crepe we ordered was perfectly cooked and tasty -- done just right. The Lord Byron Cafe on the waterfront looked interesting but we didn't have time to try it out as our boat was departing. Portovenere feels like a more authentic town than the Cinque Terre towns and has less tourists.

1  Thank Susie780
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Our cruise ship dropped anchor in the bay that this attractive small town sits on. It is clearly historic and part of its charm is the ruined castle on the hill, the near ruined church at the foot of that hill and the narrow streets of ancient houses and which lead ever upwards . Do not miss what is claimed to be Lord Byron's Grotto where he swam. Actually the views through the gaps in the old walls into that area of rugged rocks and cliffs and clear blue water are exceptional and if you are lucky you will see young lads diving into the water from the cliffs much, I suppose, as Lord Byron did.
One shop/restaurant in the town along one of the narrow street is famed for its pesto Genovese, a reminder of the past when Genoa was a significant power and controlled this and many neighbouring towns. We sampled the pesto with some pasta as take away food to eat in the local square. It was OK.
We found free wifi and very good coffee at Bar Doria (or Dorio) by the jetties.

2  Thank Kirkcaldylad
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

We found Portovenere our favourite town in La Spezia. The castle and views were spectacular. Do not miss - found to be more enjoyable than the Cinque Terra.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Portovenere is really beautiful.

We visited via ferry from Manarola, during our stay in Cinque Terre. It is a gem. Intriguing streets to explore and get lost in; beautiful vistas; great restaurants. Don't miss it if you are closeby!

1  Thank Grandview301
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