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Dimora Storica in the Gulf of Poets: the history of Grand Hotel Portovenere

In Italy, the concept of Dimora Storica (literal translation: historic dwelling or mansion) denotes an ancient building that is part of the nation’s historic and cultural heritage. The province of La Spezia, and in particular the Gulf of Poets, is home to a number of Dimore Storiche (plural).

One of such charming buildings is located in Portovenere. It dates back to the 1600s, when it hosted the monastery called “Convento di San Francesco” under its elegant vaults and simple interiors.

Towards the mid 1800s, the monastery was transformed into the Hospital of the Marine Military, and later still in headquarters of the Municipality of Porto Venere.

Dimora Storica in Portovenere, La Spezia
A photo from 1910. In front of the building that today hosts Grand Hotel Portovenere, you can notice a small house called “Casetta della Sanità”, built in 1628 to station guards in charge of inspecting boats for health hazards, to reduce the risk of epidemics.
historic hotel in Portovenere, Cinque Terre
Grand Hotel Portovenere is situated on the Napoleonic Route (Strada Napoleonica) that was built by the French Emperor in 1812 with the aim of connecting the sea village with La Spezia.

 

In 1975, the historic complex was transformed into a hotel that eventually closed in the 2000s. In 2014 it reopened under new management and impressive refurbishment works to become the only boutique hotel in the Cinque Terre – Gulf of La Spezia area.

The careful restoration works at Grand Hotel Portovenere brought back to life beautiful details of the original convent, including red-brick vaulted ceilings. The rooms are equipped with modern luxuries and amenities, yet retain a sober and elegant style that is reminiscent of the Renaissance-era monastery.

Dimore Storiche: ancient buildings in Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Spezia

By booking a stay at Grand Hotel Portovenere, you can experience a vacation between history and modernity, enjoying the views and architecture that already awed inhabitants and travellers 400 years ago, and the luxuries of today’s world, including exclusive suites and gourmet cuisine. This dimora storica in the Gulf of Poets is also ideal for special occasions, such as destination weddings and corporate events. Visit the website of Grand Hotel Portovenere for more information.

 

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Il golfo della Spezia nel “Novecento”

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