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Porto Venere

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Porto Venere is a town and comune (municipality) located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. It comprises the three villages of Fezzano, Le Grazie and Porto Venere, and the three islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. In 1997 Porto Venere and the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.HistoryThe ancient Portus Veneris is believed to date back to at least the middle of the 1st century BC. It has been said that the name refers to a temple to the goddess Venus which was sited on the promontory where the church of Peter the Apostle now stands. The name has also been linked to that of the hermit Saint Venerius. In Roman times the city was essentially a fishing community.After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Porto Venere became the base of the Byzantine fleet in the northern Tyrrhenian Sea, but was destroyed by the Lombards in 643 AD. Later, it was a frequent target of Saracen raids. First indications of the existence of a castle date from 1113, and in 1161 the walls were erected. Porto Venere became a fiefdom of a family from Vezzano before passing to Genoa in the early 12th century. In 1494, it suffered a devastating bombardment from the Aragonese fleet during their war with Genoa: subsequently the old part of the town declined in importance, giving way to the development of the Borgo Nuovo ("New District"), which had existed from 1139 and is centred on the church of St. Peter.
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World heritage site
Portovenere
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Duration: 4 hours
Church
San Pietro Church
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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World heritage site
Isola Palmaria
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Castle
Castello Doria
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Porto Venere

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Beach
La Baia Blu - Stabilimento Balneare Lerici
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Duration: 4 hours
Beach
Lido di Lerici Stabilimento Balneare Lerici
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Duration: 4 hours
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Cave
Grotte di Equi Equi Terme
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Winery / Vineyard
Cantine Lunae Colombiera-Molicciara
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Porto Venere

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Landmark
Piscina Naturale Portovenere E Palmaria
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Duration: 4 hours
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Landmark
Villa Romana del Varignano
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Pier / Boardwalk
Portido Marina
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Winery / Vineyard
De Gustibus
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Beaches in Porto Venere

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Gabbiano Beach
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Arenella Beach
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Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
Sporting Beach
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Nature in Porto Venere

Cave
Grotta di Byron
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Island
Isola del Tino
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Porto Venere

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Historic Site
Porta del Borgo
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Pier / Boardwalk
Portido Marina
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Beach
Stabilimento Balneare Venere Azzurra Lerici
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Azienda Agraria La Valle Fivizzano
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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