Portovenere – Hidden gem in Liguria – Glam Travel guide

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The charming village of Portovenere, which sits on the point connecting the renowned Cinque Terre and the inspiring Gulf of the Poets, is the perfect place to experience the serenity of Southern Liguria.The village has been noteworthy since Roman times as it has provided protection for the gulf and acted as a safe harbour to those sailing the Mediterranean. Portovenere was also the preferred home-away-from-home for many famous poets, hence the name “the Gulf of the Poets,” as well as elite travellers since the end of the XIX century. The region is known for its brightly coloured fishing villages, pristine waters and marine reserves, and a wide variety of hiking trails, offering visitors endless options during their visit.Portovenere, sitting along the borders of Liguria and Toscany, is the ideal location to explore the Cinque Terre, Portofino, Lerici, Carrara and many other near-by destinations.

The Grand Hotel Portovenere is located on the most panoramic point of Portovenere, directly overlooking the sea and Palmaria Island. In the XVI century, the structure was home to a Franciscan monastery or ‘convento’ and was transformed into a hotel in 1970.


After careful renovations with special attention to maintaining the original architectural features, revisiting them in a modern way to provide guests with maximum comfort, the Grand Hotel Portovenere has reopened its doors with its new design and understated elegance.

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Portovenere is the perfect gateway to explore the many near-by destinations that the region has to offer. North along the coast you will find the stunning Cinque Terre, which is just a short boat ride away, along with the luxurious Portofino and Santa Margherita. Across the gulf are the charming villages of Lerici and Tellaro, both of which offer spectacular views and crystal-clear coves. Just beyond the edge of the Gulf is the historic town of Sarzana with flower-lined streets and specialty shopping. The town of Carrara, known for it’s world famous marble, is also near-by, allowing visitors to venture into the caves that have provided the foundation for such masterpieces as Michelangelo’s David.