Ferragosto in Portovenere

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Ferragosto is an Italian public holiday celebrated on 15 August, coinciding with the major Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary. Most Italians take their summer vacations around this period, either for a long weekend that straddles the 15th (Ponte di Ferragosto) or for most of the month. If you happen to be in Portovenere these days, here are some tips and events for you to make the most out of your time in the Gulf of Poets.


Ferragosto Dining

There is a Special Ferragosto Menu at Palmaria Restaurant, which proposes an eclectic menu with local gastronomic specialties as well as a culinary Voyage across Italy.

Cinema under the Stars

Charlize Theron’s latest movie, Atomic Blonde, will be projected in the outdoor cinema located below San Pietro Church. The movie is dubbed in Italian, so be ready to practice your language skills!



The neighboring fraction of Fezzano hosts a concert by Nadine German at 9:30pm. Her sensual voice will be accompanied by the guitar of Florian Perfler in a magical pop-jazz atmosphere.


Festival della Madonna Bianca

Portovenere lights up to celebrate the local patron saint. More on this traditional event here.

Terrace at Palmaria Restaurant
Panoramic Terrace at Palmaria Restaurant

Special Dining

Palmaria Restaurant offers a special menu in occasion of this beautiful local event: you will be able to admire the lights display from its panoramic terrace.

You can find the detailed calendar of summer events in and around Portovenere here.

Buon Ferragosto!

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