freephone9am - 7pm

0808 202 6105

Porto Venere, Italy Port

Loading...
Loading...
Loading...

Italy Intensive Voyage

24 Apr 2021
7 nights
Azamara Journey
Europe
Sale now on | Save up to 40% PLUS FREE Wi-Fi on Club Oceanview Staterooms and above | Includes flights and overseas transfers.

fly cruise from

£1149

pp

wt
VIEW CRUISE

Rome To Barcelona

28 May 2021
10 nights
Silver Shadow
Europe
Includes Business Class flights and overseas transfers | Includes 10% early booking bonus - pay in full to receive these prices

fly cruise from

£4359

pp

wt

Rivieras & Rome

09 Oct 2021
7 nights
Seabourn Sojourn
Europe
EXCLUSIVE OFFER | Includes flights, a FREE three-night post-cruise luxury hotel stay and private overseas transfers in Rome

cruise and stay from

£3399

pp

wt

Romantic Mediterranean Isles

09 Oct 2021
14 nights
Seabourn Sojourn
Europe

fly cruise from

£6649

pp

wt

Barcelona to Rome (Civitavecchia)

14 Sep 2022
10 nights
Silver Dawn
Europe
Includes Business Class flights, overseas transfers and NEW complimentary shore excursions 8800

fly cruise from

£4529

pp

wt

Riviera Rendevous

29 May 2023
7 nights
Crystal Esprit
Europe

cruise only from

£6329

pp

wt
yacht cruise
1

Porto Venere, Italy Port

Perched on the Gulf of Poets, the long enchanting harbour of Portovenere has been a haven for travellers throughout history, dating back all the way to the Romans, who first christened it Portus Veneris. Back then, it was simply a route through Gaul to Spain, but it’s been a scintillating retreat for centuries since, throughout the Byzantine, Lombard and Genovese empires.

In modernity, this picturesque village has been famously popular with writers such as Byron, Shelley and DH Lawerence, and it’s remarkably easy to see why. An iconic waterfront leads to a countless series of stone steps, and cobbled street, leading uphill to the township proper, which is an alluring blend of ornate terraced gardens and incomparable views.

Sightseeing in Portovenere

Church of San Pietro

Originally consecrated in 1198, one of the first things you’ll see approaching Portovenere are the towers of the Church of St. Peter looming majestically over the piazza Lazzaro Spallanzani. You’d be forgiven for mistaking this incredible monument for an island stronghold at first glance – the walls of the church merge with the sheer face of a rocky outcrop, giving them the appearance of imposing medieval battlements.

A huge wooden gate guards the interior, but that’s where the military comparison ends. The main hall of the church is beautifully adorned with archways and black and white stripes throughout, creating a unique décor that is unlike any other chapel in Italy. To stand beneath its giant timber beams is to be completely awestruck, making it a worthy excursion for any cruiser.

Grotta Arpaia

The natural landscape surrounding Portovenere is inspiring to look at, but it’s not just there to be observed. Plenty of island tours depart from Portovenere and explore the fantastic range of sea caves and hidden coves upon the coastline, some of which have been untouched by modern man. The Grotta Arpaia is just minutes away from the church of St. Peter, and was a favourite haunt of Lord Byron, who used to swim there every time he summered in Portovenere. During the afternoon, the bright light of the sunshine illuminates the waters of the cove, making it a transcendent experience should you decided to visit.

Palmaria Island

Palmaria is the largest island of the Liguria region, and is just a short ferry ride from the centre of Portovenere. The island is revered for its hiking trails, which have a multitude of scenic routes which pass through rock faces, mountain sides, and ancient buildings. Try visiting in the early morning in order to enjoy the panoramic views in complete serenity.

Shopping in Portovenere

Near the main marina, you can find a small market which sells the freshest local produce, as well as not a few curios for your delectation.

Eating out in Portovenere

Ristorante Della Baia has incomparable views over the seafront, but it’s the fresh seafood that will bring you back to lunch here time and time again. An elegant décor and exceptional service complement an exquisite menu of scintillating crab, shrimp and prawn dishes, making it a priority sport for foodies.

 

Our Award-Winning Service

explore

  • about us
  • contact us
  • news
  • privacy policy
  • terms of use
  • how to pay
anta logoatol logo

sign up for exclusive offers

© 2020 SixStarCruises

follow us

SixStarCruises acts as a retail agent to you and also as a disclosed agent of the holiday provider. Many of the flight inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking terms and conditions for information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate click here