Portovenere Yacht Charters
Visit Portovenere on your luxury yacht charter in the Italian Riviera
Both a town and a municipality on the Ligurian coast, Portovenere includes the islands of Palmaria, Tinetto and Tino, and the coastal villages of Fezzano, Le Grazie and Porto Venere. Known for a rich architectural heritage, historic churches, favorable climate, and seaside views, the area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
The history of this region dates back to the 1st Century BCE, and during Roman times it was a thriving fishing community. It changed hands many times over the centuries before becoming a part of the Province of La Spezia in Italy. The beaches, marina, shopping district, historic buildings, and parks are just some of the reasons why it is a popular tourist area and premier yacht charter destination. In fact, the harbor is always sold out during the summer as the rich and famous converge to celebrate the season.
Things To Do and See in Porto Venere
While visiting Porto Venere during your Italy yacht charter, here are some of the area sites you should explore.
The Porto Venere Nature Park has a unique landscape, with rugged cliffs, wildlife, mysterious sea caves, and lush Mediterranean vegetation against the crystal clear sea. The most famous sea cave, Byron’s Cave, was named for English poet George Gordon Byron and inspired many of his works. The Blue Cave, the Doves, the Wall of Tino, and the Shoal of Dante are some of the other sea caves in the nature park. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, such as rock climbing, hiking and diving.
The Church of St. Peter
This beautiful church, consecrated in 1198, was built during the Paleo-Christian epoch, and eventually re-worked in the Gothic style during the 13th Century. Located on a dramatic cliff overlooking the Bay of Poets, it is also a popular place for visitors to take in the panoramic view.
Situated on a rocky plateau is this majestic castle and fortress, a model of Genoese military architecture. It is made up two distinct sections behind large walls. Once defended by archers and musketeers, changes were made as military technology evolved. It was even used as a military prison by Napoleon.