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Make a holiday rental home or villa in Portovenere, Italy your home away from home

The Italian port town of Portovenere boasts one of the most enviable locations in the country, being tucked away in a secluded corner of the province of La Spezia, looking out over the Ligurian Sea. The result is a holiday rental destination that has it all – historical attractions, stunning scenery and an enviable coastal location. To top it all off Portovenere is close to both the villages of the Cinque Terra and the city of La Spezia, two of the most attractive holiday destinations in the region.

Things to do in Portovenere, Italy

Portovenere (as well as the nearby Cinque Terra village) was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, and as soon as you arrive in the area you will know why. This part of the Ligurian coast is green, unspoilt and perfect for a ‘get away from it all’ break.

There are a number of sights of architectural and historic interest to be seen in the centre of Portovenere town, with one of the oldest being the Romanesque Church of St Lawrence, which was built in 1098. Although the church was damaged by a series of events between the 14th and 15th centuries, it was restored in 1582 and remains in good condition today. Another sight of interest is the Gothic Church of St Peter, which dates back to the end of the 12th century and is a popular stop-off for visitors.

The harbour is always a popular spot in Portovenere, and a great place to relax and watch the birds and fishing boats bobble around the sea. You can even go for a swim if you fancy it! Good quality shops, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants can be enjoyed around the pedestrian-only promenade and within the medieval village centre, and there is much more to be found if you head out towards the city of La Spezia.

Places to visit on holiday in Portovenere, Italy

The Cinque Terra – a series of five beautiful villages linked by a rewarding nature trail – begins just a few kilometres from Portovenere in the hamlet of Riomaggiore, a destination known for its abundance of wildlife and fine local wines. If after relaxing for a few days you start to crave more modern city attractions, you will find that the capital of the province, La Spezia, is just 15km in the opposite direction around the Ligurian coast.

Weather in Portovenere, Italy

Portovenere and the La Spezia province in general become popular with tourists during summer months, when daily temperatures edge close to 30C and visitors can enjoy the sunshine to its fullest. Spring and autumn can still be warm though, and are also good months in which to enjoy a Portovenere holiday, especially if you can find an accommodation bargain.

Flights to Portovenere, Italy

Despite its secluded position Portovenere is still within close reach of several international airports. The nearest of them is Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA), 89km to the south, but when comparing flight prices it is also worth considering other destinations such as Genoa (GOA) and Parma (PMF), as you may find there are better deals to be had.

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                                                                                                We absolutely LOVED our stay! The view and the apartment are outstanding. ...

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                                                                                                Overall: We absolutely LOVED our stay! The view and the apartment are outstanding. Enjoyed Most: The view and location. Easy to walk to town for eating and touring the Cinque Terre. We loved having our coffee every morning and wine in the evening on the deck while watching the boats come in an out of the harbor. It was so difficult to leave at the end of our stay! Also, the beds were comfortable and many choices for making coffee. We had everything we needed. Enjoyed Least: The small bathroom didn't have much counter space, but it didn't really ruin our stay. Surrounding Area: We took the boat to the Cinque Terre towns several times to hike and eat. Also, the town of Portovenere is charming with many excellent places to eat. We also hired the owner's son to take us wine tasting. Really enjoyed the winery as well us our lunch with him. Nearby Events or Locales: Portovenere is the nearest town. An easy 5 minute walk from the apartment. Tips or Restaurants: The only thing I'd mention is there are two flights of stairs leading up to the apartment entrance and several more to the unit itself. Not a problem for us, but if mobility is an issue might be important to know. We ate at all the restaurants the owner Roberta recommended. They were all delicious. We stay with the local cuisine of the area, which is seafood. Also, tried the local pesto. Excellent! I'm gluten intolerant and all the restaurants were very accommodating. One restaurant in Corniglia even ran across the street to buy gluten-free pasta. It turned out to be the best meal I had in the Cinque Terre. Directions: We hired a driver to pick us up at the airport. The owner Roberta actually picked us up. She is lovely. Not only did she pick us up, but she took us to the grocery store.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: Jun 06, 2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                                                                Beyond my wildest expectations. Everything I wanted and more. Beautiful. Clean. Great location....

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                                                                                                Overall: Beyond my wildest expectations. Everything I wanted and more. Beautiful. Clean. Great location. Wonderful. Enjoyed Most: Eating breakfast on the terrace looking out at the Bay of Poets, shaded by an olive tree and a grape arbor (the grapes were ripe!). Enjoyed Least: The WiFi wasn't spectacular. Surrounding Area: Portovenere is quieter than the Cinque Terre. It was a pleasant walk to town from the property. Plenty of restaurants and good gelato. Nearby Events or Locales: It was about half a mile to the heart of Portovenere. Tips or Restaurants: Comfortable shoes, a swimsuit, a deck of cards. Directions: The directions from RentVillas were excellent. I put them through Google Translate and printed the directions in both English and Italian. I was glad to have the Italian version as we took a taxi from the train station in La Spezia and he did not speak English. He found the property with no trouble using those directions. Check In Out: Check in and check out was very easy. While the owners did not speak English, an English speaker was available and accessible by phone. She helped me greatly. The owners were very accommodating when I needed to arrange checkout to accommodate an early train when I left. She even helped me when I was having trouble booking a taxi. Wonderful, wonderful experience all the way around.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: Oct 03, 2015
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Sep 2015