Portovenere is a bright town packed with history located just south of the Cinque Terre. A Cinque Terre bonus town if you will! In fact, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Cinque Terre in 1997. Like the Cinque Terre, Portovenere is laid back, colorful and has delicious food and unbelievable scenery! Unlike the Cinque Terre, Portovenre has less American tourists and misses the bulk the Cinque Terre crowds. As a result, Portovenere is a great option for those who really want to disconnect and get away from it all! I visited in August 2015 and had such a great time!
Thrilled to be in sunny Portovenere!
What To Do?
Everyone knows that there is hiking and picture taking the Cinque Terre, but what to do in Portovenere? Actually, a lot, and history buffs will have even more boxes to check (Portovenere dates back to 1st century B.C.)!
While hiking the Cinque Terre is iconic, in many opinions, the best way to see the Cinque Terre is from the water. I had heard this many times before this trip, but had never actually seen the towns from the water. So this trip, I decided it was a must! And I was absolutely right…
The Cinque Terre makes interesting (and relatively unknown) wine that has its own DOC (meaning that to be Cinque Terre wine, it must be made in the area with grapes from the area). Popular and super cheap at local restaurants, Cinque Terre’s white wine is much lighter than your standard whites. It’s quite good, and readily available in and around the Cinque Terre, but hard to find elsewhere.
Since I love visiting wineries, I really wanted to visit a winery that produces Cinque Terre’s famous white wine, but I had a difficult time finding a vineyard that offers tours to the public. Seriously, I looked for a good while. Now, you can freely walk through vineyards on the Cinque Terre trails, but I wanted to visit an actual, working vineyard…
I went back to Cinque Terre for my third time over the summer, and it was just as magical as I had remembered. If you haven’t been, you should plan to go soon! Cinque Terre is a series of five seaside villages on the Ligurian Riveria – a coastal part of Italy a bit south of Genoa and four hours north of Rome (by train). Popular with backpackers for decades, Cinque Terrre was thrust into the spotlight in Rick Steves’ guidebooks and recently received unwanted attention due to massive and debilitating flooding and mudslides in 2011. Luckily, Cinque Terre has mostly recovered and is back to its beautiful old self:
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