Spring 2017 in the Gulf of Poets

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Winter is soon ending, and so is the “sleepy season” in Liguria’s Gulf of Poets and Cinque Terre. Apart from the awakening of nature, spring also marks the return of seasonal events and the reopening of many hotels, restaurants and other businesses in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Let’s have a look at some of the events that you can attend and activities you can enjoy in the Gulf of Poets.

Spring 2017 Events in Portovenere and La Spezia

The Centre of Modern and Contemporary Art of La Spezia (CAMeC) hosts an exhibition of local sculptor Elisa Corsini until 19 March 2017. Sculpting was a rare and challenging trade for a woman born in the 1930s in La Spezia. The exhibit pays homage to the most significant moments of her artistic career: abstract forms, geometrism, works on myths and Etruscans… The museum is open from Tuesday to Sundays from 11.00 to 18.00.

Spring Art Exhibit La Spezia, 2duerighe.com
Some works by sculptor Elisa Corsini. Photo by 2duerighe.com.

If you love the sea and majestic sailboats, then you cannot miss the thrilling regattas that will take place from 31 March to 2 April (Melges 32) and from 7 to 9 April (Melges 20). The boats will be docked in the harbor of Portovenere and will race around Palmaria Island and the waters of the Protected Marine Area of Portovenere. For more on this event, read Melges 2017 Sailing Series returns to Portovenere.

Music enthusiasts can have a great time at the Civic Theater of La Spezia, where the following events are scheduled:

  • “La Passion d’Adonis” Zaf Moultaka – Ensemble Mezwej – 24 March
  • “Musical Encounters” Piano and Artistic Route with Emanuele Ferrari – 30 March
  • David Fray – piano (Chopin, Schubert) – 11 April
  • Alexander Lonquich, Carolin Windmann, Tommaso Lonquich – piano, violin and clarinet – 27 April

For the exact programs and times, please visit Teatro Civico’s website.

Science and history lovers cannot miss the exhibition in Sarzana’s Firmafede Fortress from 18 March to 1 May 2017. We have dedicated an article to “Leonardo da Vinci’s Machines in the Gulf of Poets“.

Spring Activities in and around Portovenere

The Bay of La Spezia is a great destination for a visit in off-peak seasons like spring and autumn.

Castles in Liguria: Castello di Portovenere
The castle on one side of the Bocche Channel, and Palmaria Island on the other. Photo by Andrea Franchi fiumetaro.jalbum.net

Examples of activities to be enjoyed are:

  • sightseeing by visiting the little gems like Portovenere, Lerici, Tellaro and Sarzana in the Gulf of Poets and the neighboring five towns of Cinque Terre, getting to know their castles and history;
  • tasting wines and food, as well as enjoying cooking lessons;
  • hiking, cycling and diving in the Nature Parks of Portovenere and Cinque Terre;
  • sailing in a motorboat or hiring other kinds of boats;
  • cultural tourism in museums, artisan workshops and castles;
  • shopping for local artisanal products in Portovenere or even for luxury brands in Portofino and Versilia.

Where to Stay: Special Re-Open Rate at Grand Hotel Portovenere

Grand Hotel Portovenere celebrates the arrival of spring by reopening on 16 March 2017. This boutique hotel was included in the “Best Hotel Picks” by travel expert Richard Bangs (Huffington Post) and stands firmly at the top spot in Tripadvisor’s list of best-rated hotels in Portovenere, praised for its services, staff and strategic location between the Gulf of Poets, Cinque Terre, Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.

The hotel will surprise its guests with a special art installation in its hall, conceived by an Italian artist. Keep posted on Discover Portovenere to learn about the unveiling and for an interview with the creative artist behind the exhibition!

Or plan your spring visit: the hotel offers the “2018 Re-Opening Special Rate“, which includes a discount on the room price and also 20% off lunch or dinner at Palmaria Restaurant. Book Now on Grand Hotel’s website: direct bookings also get free parking right in the heart of Portovenere!


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