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Review of Portovenere

Portovenere
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Mountain Bike Tour in the Cinque Terre
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Full-Day Tour of Cinque Terre and Portovenere from San Gimignano
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 5 August 2014

I won this town at first glance. It's not easy to get to it, unless you're particularly skilled and fail to master the local bus timetables. But once you arrive - delights. There I bought the best ecologically produced pesto - ever! On the waterfront is a great variety of restaurants. We chose the bar where BuddhaHalloween served with copious amounts of snacks - :) Joy for every foodie. It is also worth a walk to the church at the end of the peninsula, go through the old town, and if you stay longer and take a swim. Make sure you arrive at the last bus that will return to La Spezia.

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Reviewed 31 July 2014

This is not included in the Cinque terre but might as well be it is close enough . Its a lovely town easily reached by ferry from La Spezia in about half an hour. It has some good walking in the lanes , good shopping in the streets and boutiques and some good eating places . Its popular for weddings as well , so if you go on a weekend you might run into a wedding or three. The churches make an interesting visit.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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