In the Ligurian Gulf of La Spezia there is a small village Portovenere. On the one hand it is fenced by a wall of rocky mountains, so it is possible to pass to the north side, through the Cinque Terre. The settlement, which is home to mostly fishermen, got its name from the Roman goddess of love Venus: when something is a small promontory stretching into the sea, stood a magnificent temple in her honor. But in the 6th century, the temple was destroyed, and the small church of St. Peter was built in its place – the patron saint of fishermen.
Today this town – one of the recognized Italian resort, which is famous for its rich history, beaches, attractions and seafood restaurants, which serve a variety of seafood dishes. The resort is popular among tourists, so in the summer, during the holiday season, it’s very difficult to stay in local hotels. Portovenere – small, cozy provincial town, which there are many in Italy, but it has a special charm. The village has an amazing story, which the count is conducted from the 6th century BC – Roman times. The ruins of ancient villas Varignano, built in the 2nd century BC tell us about bygone luxury of Portovenere.
In the town there are also attractions of later eras. Among them – the Cathedral of St. Lawrence of the 11th century; PortaRomana, separating the old part of the city from the more modern one. It is also worth looking at the majestic castle-fortress Doreen served as the family nest of a noble Italian family, and was carrying a defensive function. This building with its rigor and solemnity organically fit into the local landscape, the castle is surrounded by centuries-old trees and rocky mountains.
Cappellini Central Street is decorated with portals slate, leads to Piazza San Pietro, located on the coast. In the area, right on the cliff of the same name there is the Church of the 13th century. It has a magnificent view of the coast and the Apuan Alps, as well as Cinque Terre. Portovenere is ideal for slow walks – the local scenery is conducive to contemplation. The atmosphere of peace and tranquility in that time here has attracted many creative people – poets, writers, and thinkers. Locals called Spice “Gulf of Poets”. It is here, in a secluded cave, Lord Byron was waiting for his muse; and Dante wrote his famous “Divine Comedy.”