Old landing place since Roman Times, Portovenere is
situated on the cape opposite Lerici
in the Gulf
. Going north along the coast, you reach the Cinque
This small fishing village is today a tourists' and sea
lovers' destination and is famous for its restaurants where fresh fish and
shellfish are always available.
Its tall, narrow brightly coloured houses are typical of the region.
The old Saint Peter Church (1277) is situated on the end of the cape and
overlooks the Byron Grotto. Higher up stands the Mediaeval Castle, built
in 1161 by the Genoese. In the centre stands the Saint Laurence Church
(1116) in the Longobard Style. Along the streets, shops and stands sell
local products and souvenirs.