“A quelli che giungono dal mare appare nel lido il porto di Venere e qui nei colli che ammanta l’ulivo è fama che anche Minerva scordasse per tanta dolcezza Atene sua patria…” (Francesco Petrarca, 1338)
Portovenere, in the province of La Spezia, is one of the most beautiful Ligurian villages to visit, small and collected from the point of view of the urban area, but including a suggestive slice of coast, grouping it with the various hamlets that precede it after the capital: enchanting Fezzano and the tiny Le Grazie, renowned for the good grilled fish. It borders to the north east with the municipality of La Spezia and to the north-west with the nearby 5 Terre and to the south it faces the Ligurian Sea and the triptych formed by the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Reachable without effort are Corsica, Sardinia and all the islands of the Tuscan archipelago.
Portovenere is famous for poets and writers of the caliber of Shelley, Byron or Petrarca. For this reason the Gulf is called Gulf of Poets with Lerici on the other side.
Since 1997, along with its islands, it has been included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.