Summer is officially starting in a couple of days, so it is time to have a look at what the calendar of events has in store for those lucky vacationers who chose (or will choose) Portovenere, the Gulf of Poets or the neighboring Cinque Terre as their 2017 summer holiday destination.
International Jazz Festival of La Spezia
When: 5-15 July 2017
Where: La Spezia, Portovenere, Lerici
The La Spezia Jazz Festival (Festival Internazionale del Jazz della Spezia) is an international music event that music lovers cannot miss. The jazz music festival was founded in 1696 by Tiberio Nicola, a local musician and jazz lover from La Spezia. With its 49th edition scheduled to take place from 5 to 15 July 2017, it is the longest-running Italian jazz festival to date. Most of all, the greatest international jazz stars have played here, making it one of the top historic events of the kind at European level. Here is the detailed calendar with all concerts and movie projections that will be taking place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Portovenere, as well as La Spezia and Lerici. More info on festivaljazzlaspezia.it
Palio del Golfo
When: 6 August 2017
Where: La Spezia
The Palio of the Gulf (Palio del Golfo) is a historic regatta that takes place in the waters of the Gulf of Poets on the first Sunday of August. The race is among 13 handmade boats, each representing a borgata (hamlet or village) located on the bay: Portovenere, Le Grazie, Fezzano, Cadimare, Marola, CRDD (a sports society representing La Spezia’s historic center), Canaletto, Fossamastra, Muggiano, San Terenzo, Venere Azzurra, Lerici and Tellaro. The boats are handmade by local artisans with unique characteristics that make them fast and agile. To learn more about the boats and the history of the palio, read Palio of the Gulf: pride & tradition. This year, the decisive regatta takes place on 6 August 2017, while different smaller events take place in the preceding days, accompanied by gastronomic stands and other activities in the streets. More info on paliodelgolfo.it
When: 17 August 2017
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 place through the flower-decorated streets of the village. Learn about the legend in the article Portovenere’s “White Madonna” torchlight procession.
When: 13 September 2017
Where: Tino Island
San Venerio was a hermit monk in the monastery that once existed on Tino Island. On dark nights, he used to light up a bonfire to help traveling ships to orientate themselves in the Gulf of Poets. The monk died in 630. Today, he is the protector of marine lighthouses. Tino is now home to the San Venerio Lighthouse. Its construction completed in 1840. It illuminates and guides the sailors in that part of Ligurian Sea. The Island of Tino – a military space that is usually closed to visitors – opens up its frontiers on 13 September to remember and honor the saint. The island hosts a nocturnal procession that is quite impressive!
“Lerici Coast” Miscellanenous events
Lerici hosts a number of summer events, including a piano concert by Giovanni Allevi on 24 July and the “Coppa Byron” swimming race on 27 August, among others. Here is the complete calendar.
2017 Summer Vacations on the Italian Riviera
This is some of the action that the Gulf of Poets proposes to its visitors. Thanks to its fantastic location close to Cinque Terre and Portofino in Liguria, Forte dei Marmi and Versilia in Tuscany, and Parma in Emilia Romagna, the variety of events and attractions that are just a short drive away is astonishing. You will surely not run out of places to go and events to experience when visiting the Italian Riviera this summer!
Grand Hotel Portovenere is a boutique located on the most panoramic point of Portovenere, directly overlooking the sea, the harbor and Palmaria Island. In the XVII century, the building was home to a Franciscan monastery. After careful renovation works that added modern luxuries and a new design while maintaining the charm and simple style of the ancient building, the hotel opened its doors in 2014. Here you can choose from various room types, including the sea-view junior suites and the brand new, luxury suites. Explore all of the hotel’s services and spaces on www.portoveneregrand.com: direct bookings obtain free garage parking in the city center, a true luxury on the Italian Riviera!