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Vintage Portovenere: old postcards of La Spezia Gulf, Liguria

Vintage Portovenere: a blast in the past

The Ligurian sea village of Portovenere has been a historic destination for elite tourism for over a decade. This collection of beautiful postcards from the mid 1900s depict a vintage Portovenere in the placid Gulf of Poets, conveying the sense of exclusivity and history that has enchanted past and modern visitors alike.   Modern vs. Vintage Portovenere: spot the […]

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Portovenere lights up for the White Madonna, image by italianpix

Portovenere’s “White Madonna” torchlight procession

Every year, on the 17th of August, Portovenere celebrates its local Patron Saint called White Madonna (Madonna Bianca). During the festival, the entire fishing village is lit up with over 2000 roman torches, including Byron’s Grotto and the rocky spur of Punta San Pietro. A traditional procession carrying the icon of the Virgin Mary takes […]

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