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Portovenere

The town of Portovenere rises to the southern extremity of a peninsula: in the end of this peninsula there are three small islands: Isola Palmaria, Isola del Tino and Isola del Tinetto. Portovenere and its islands have been inserted in the list of the World Heritage of UNESCO.

Portovenere has ancient origins: it is documented since the 2nd century, it was Portus Veneris, a sure and protect harbour where to moor the ships. The name of the village derives from a temple dedicated to the goddess Venere ( Venus ), situated exactly in the place in which today there is the Church of San Pietro, on the cape together with the Castle. Among the other monuments of Portovenere that deserve a visit, we remember the Church of San Lorenzo (Santuario della Madonna Bianca) and the Santuario di Nostra Signora delle Grazie, in the hamlet of Le Grazie.

Portovenere has been stay place of the English poet Lord Byron, and here there is the picturesque Cave dell'Arpaia, also called Cave Byron, grooved in the cliff of the coast that leads to the Cinque Terre.

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