After Lonely Planet’s recommendation to visit Portovenere as an alternative to Cinque Terre, the prestigious Forbes magazine has just published an article in which travel expert Catherine Sabino gives 9 reasons to visit this hidden gem in the Gulf of Poets.
The introduction explains that Portovenere offers what its more famous neighbors are known for: marvelous seaside settings, scenic coastlines and walking trails, and rustic Ligurian cuisine. All this, with less tourists.
Here is a summary of the reasons to visit Porto Venere:
- This UNESCO World Heritage Site is more than just a fishing village.
- The city is layered with history, but it is not overwhelmed by it.
- Here you can admire the breath-taking landscapes that fascinated the 19th-century literary rockstar, Lord Byron.
- In front of Portovenere there is a beautiful archipelago with the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto for you to explore by sea.
- Portovenere has the five-star hotel nearest to the Cinque Terre (Grand Hotel Portovenere) and a fine-dining restaurant with panoramic views.
- You can stay in the heart of Portovenere’s historic center while also enjoying modern comforts.
- There are great restaurants in Porto Venere where to enjoy the exclusive Ligurian cuisine.
- Just like Cinque Terre, Portovenere is a paradise for hikers and trekkers.
- And, of course, Portovenere has a great location.