Porto Venere is located on the extreme western end of the Gulf of La Spezia.
Motorway Exit: Motorway A12, Exit: La Spezia (25 km from Porto Venere).
Train Station: La Spezia Centrale (info: www.trenitalia.com)
Ferries: in spring and summer months, ferries and boat tours depart daily from Porto Venere to the other gulf towns, the Cinque Terre, the Riviera, Portofino and Genoa, weather and sea conditions permitting (info: www.navigazionedelgolfodeipoeti.it )
Airports: Pisa Airport, 95 km from Porto Venere (info: www.aereoportodipisa.com), Genova Airport, 125 km from Porto Venere (info: www.airport.genova.it)
What to see and do
Porto Venere was named Portus Veneris (the Port of Venus) because of its beauty. Its natural landscape is enhanced by the beautiful coloured linking tower houses, which form an ancient defence structure. The Church of San Pietro and the Castello Doria, which overlook Porto Venere and the sea, should not be missed.
Porto Venere and its archipelago, which includes the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage.
This area is also part of the Parco Naturale Regionale, the Natural Regional Park, (www.parconaturaleportovenere.it).
A well equipped tourist marina is available for those who arrive in Porto Venere by boat. From the marina, ferries depart on daily tours for the Cinque Terre, the islands, the coves and the promontories along the coast. The magnificent water along the coast is an excellent spot for scuba diving and all water sports.
The lovely bay of Le Grazie and the seaside village of Fezzano are also worth a visit.
Thanks to its mild climate, Porto Venere can be visited all year round.