Portovenere is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. This charming town is one of the most beautiful coastal villages I have been to in Italy. Portovenere has inspired by poets and authors since years and it is no surprise that there is an area in this town rightfully known as the Gulf of Poets. Being very close to the famous Cinque Terre you would think Portovenere is very touristy but it isn’t run down by mass tourism as the 5 terre. I would strongly suggest you to visit this town if you are in the Cinque Terre area.
How to Reach Portovenere:
From Cinque Terre:
If you are staying in Cinque Terre and want to visit Portovenere, take a boat that runs from any of the 4 towns (except Corniglia) to Portovenere. The service runs from March 1 until the end of October or first week of Nov. You will be in Portovenere in the blink of an eye!
From La Spezia:
Portovenere can also bereached by bus from the Mercato Nord bus stop in La Spezia. It is an easy bus ride of only 15 minutes! La Spezia is connected by all major cities of Italy and is only 4-5 minutes from the Cinque Terre villages. There are several tours to this part of Italy, some of which are recommended below.