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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 […]

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Fortezza Firmafede, Sarzana, Liguria by www.fotocreare.com

Castles in Liguria: itinerary along the Riviera Spezzina

The Ligurian Riviera along the Bay of La Spezia (or Riviera Spezzina) features fascinating castles and fortresses: once defensive buildings and a symbol of power, today they are sentinels of history and culture. In fact, the majestic building are located in an important historical area, the Lunigiana, which had relevant communication routes since ancient Roman […]

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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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